At Mercedes-Benz they take electrification seriously, so seriously that you should no longer call their electric vehicles ‘Mercedes-Benz’. Instead they created their own department in Stuttgart under the name ‘Mercedes-EQ’. As awkward as that may make its electric range name a Mercedes-EQ EQE SUV, anyone? – you can’t blame them for being mean. For example, they already offer an electric model in almost every segment, so it’s time to expand within segments as well.
two drops of water
That expansion started earlier with the launch of the EQS SUV, a high-legged model on the same foundation as the EQS. Now the EQE receives the same treatment, and it is no coincidence that we bring his older brother here. Since the EQE resembles the EQS like two peas in a pod, it’s no easy task to distinguish the EQE SUV from the EQS SUV. This is especially true on screen because while you realize this EQE SUV is 27 centimeters shorter than such an EQS SUV when you stand next to it, the design is nearly identical. And that, of course, is not a coincidence.
Almost every panel on both electric SUVs has been designed with aerodynamics in mind, so you inevitably end up with two models that are at least similar in design. So expect the same sort of teardrop shape with mostly smooth surfaces, though the EQE SUV development team has gone a bit further. You’ll find all sorts of little flaps and wings on and under the body, which often have a bigger impact on airflow than you’d think. We find the most striking example of wheel spoilers, two small plastic flaps that you see just in front of the front wheels when you look under the car. Unlike the average car, the EQE SUV has jagged edges, which would give it no less than 13 kilometers of additional range. The result of all this is a drag coefficient of 0.25, which is almost the same as a BMW i4.
Four wheel drive, but not always
The search for efficiency also continues under the skin, which leads us seamlessly to the powertrains. For example, you can order the EQE SUV with rear or four-wheel drive, and the former is, of course, the cheapest. However, the difference with the 4MATIC versions is limited on paper, with a WLTP consumption of 17.5 kWh/100 km for rear-wheel drive and 18.6 kWh/100 km for all-wheel drive. That has a lot to do with the front electric motor that a 4MATIC of this type has. It can be completely disengaged from the wheels when low power is required, so you’re basically on the road with a rear-wheel drive EV. The other equalizers can’t do that, or at least not yet, because Mercedes promises to bring this to the sister models as well.
However, innovation isn’t worth much if it doesn’t do you any real good, so it’s time to take the EQE SUV on the road. We also had the opportunity to test all three models, except for the EQE 43 4MATIC from Mercedes-AMG. So in front of us was an EQE 350+ SUV, an EQE 350 4MATIC SUV and an EQE 500 4MATIC SUV. All variants have the same 90.6 kWh battery, of which the cheapest version should get 596 kilometers on paper. After that, the battery can be filled with a fast charger at speeds of up to 170 kW, with which you can refuel for 200 kilometers in 15 minutes.
Turning radius of a hatchback
During a test drive abroad of just a few hours, we can all make very few statements on the matter, but we were able to savor the differences between the powertrains. For example, the EQE 350+ SUV has a single electric motor on the rear axle with 292 CV and 565 Nm of torque, the EQE 350 4MATIC SUV distributes the same 292 CV but 765 Nm of torque between two electric motors and the EQE 500 4MATIC The SUV gets 408 hp with the same configuration and 858 Nm of torque. Regardless of the motorization, however, you are more than calm on the road, because the weaker variant already accelerates to 100 km / h in 6.7 seconds, while a 500 4MATIC takes only 4.9 seconds. Not bad for a device over 2.5 tons, and then the AMG variant is yet to come.
However, what stands out the most is how smooth and serene the driving experience is above all else. For example, those two electric motors on a four-wheel-drive model may be busy behind the scenes arguing over who should and shouldn’t power, but you won’t notice in reality. The only thing you notice is that it is difficult to get the consumption above 20 kWh/100 km, unless of course you drive in sport mode all the time. So both electric motors are always on alert. It is also striking that the standard steel suspension actually does its job quite well, although the optional Airmatic air suspension is of course a bit more competent. One option we’d immediately bet on is the rear axle that turns up to 10 degrees, because it reduces the turning radius to an absurd 10.5 meters, smaller than that of a Volkswagen Golf.
EQE + 20,000 euros?
Inside, though, the Mercedes EQE SUV is considerably roomier than your average hatchback, because as the occupant you have nothing to complain about. In this way, you can also sit comfortably in the back like an adult, despite a 9-centimeter shorter wheelbase. With its 520-litre capacity, the boot is also 90-litres more spacious than that of the low EQE, although it has to be said that the boot’s high floor and slightly sloping roofline don’t make it a real ballroom alternative. 630 liters of a GLE. We haven’t talked about the rest of the interior yet though, and we can be brief there. For example, the dashboard looks identical to a regular EQE in both standard and Hyperscreen forms, so expect plenty of advanced technology and of course the necessary touch sensitivity.
Now that we’re comparing the EQE SUV to the regular EQE, we can’t ignore the price difference. At the time of writing, you’re paying €90,508 for the cheaper EQE SUV, which is more than €20,000 more than what you pay for the lesser sibling. It must be said that you get the latter as an EQE 300, while the SUV variant only starts with the stronger 350+ and you also pay €81,070 for that powertrain in sedanland. Plus, with the EQE SUV, Mercedes pours its most exclusive Avantgarde sauce over the exterior and interior as standard and you get a heat pump, while you also get a bit more equipment in terms of comfort and infotainment. Combine that with the most convenient interior space, and you may have enough of a case to convince your accountant of the added value of such an SUV.
Mercedes-EQ has the long-legged version of its EQE ready, but there’s more to it than that. For example, the SUV EQE offers a number of interesting measures to increase its efficiency, some of which will then flow to the other EQ models. However, that makes the Pathfinder a little more expensive than its similar short brother, but hey: put the two next to each other and add the extra sexual attraction of such an SUV, then you probably understand the additional price.
2 electric motors (front and rear)
Automatic (fixed ratio)