From the July/August 2022 difficulty of Automotive and Driver.
Maybe Mercedes ought to rename its EQ subbrand IQ, as a result of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS580 feels as if it had been developed to attraction to people with the emotional quotient of Mark Zuckerberg and the intelligence quotient of Albert Einstein.
Though its two electrical motors (one at every axle) produce a wholesome 516 horsepower, the all-wheel-drive EQS580 is an aloof machine that provides minimal engagement when pushed vigorously. All of that grunt pushed the EQS580 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and rocketed it from 30 to 50 mph in 1.5 ticks. However a 489-hp Tesla Mannequin S Lengthy Vary Plus hit these identical marks in 3.5 and 1.4 seconds, respectively. Blame the 982 kilos of additional mass the Mercedes carries for its lesser straight-line efficiency.
At 5806 kilos, the EQS’s near-G-class curb weight is an anchor on effectivity, which certainly explains the jelly-bean styling that favors perform over type. Although aesthetically unlucky, the ’90s-era cab-forward look is a sensible choice. It contributes to a coefficient of drag of 0.20 and helped the 580, with its 107.8-kWh battery pack, journey 350 miles on our 75-mph vary check—considered one of few EVs that beat its EPA vary. The form additionally helps restrict noise contained in the cabin to 64 decibels throughout 70-mph cruising, the identical degree recorded within the S580.
Sadly, this battery-powered sedan lacks the cosseting rear seat of its gas-powered Benz kin. The plunging roofline limits headroom again there, a scenario exacerbated by the fastened seatback’s upright angle. The EQS’s hatchback configuration, nonetheless, gives extra cargo house than even the GLC-class SUV.
The driving force and entrance passenger endure from no such compromises on house or consolation. Additionally they stare upon an enormous infotainment system that homes three separate show screens below a 56.0-inch glass panel. Dubbed the Hyperscreen, the setup well incorporates high-resolution graphics and reacts rapidly to inputs (by contact or through the automobile’s capacitive buttons), making it fairly straightforward to function, even when we want Mercedes included no less than a couple of redundant laborious buttons.
Extra irksome, nonetheless, is the brake-pedal operation. Making use of stress to the unsettlingly disconnected-feeling left pedal is akin to pushing Play-Doh via a mildew. Switching the regenerative braking system to its strongest setting limits the necessity to work together with the brakes, because it permits the one-pedal driving mode, which additionally actively strikes the brake pedal because the regen perform decelerates the automobile (mimicking the pedal’s place had you really stepped on it). In addition to the strangeness of all of this, the variability of the pedal’s phantom motions makes it troublesome for the motive force to rapidly apply the brakes when further stopping energy is required. It is a surprisingly low-IQ characteristic in a automobile that in any other case must attraction to high-IQ patrons.
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