The new Mercedes EQE electric sedan 2022 review

The little brother of the EQE the electric equivalent of Mercedes’ popular E-Class. The rapid expansion of the electric vehicle market in recent years has been mainly driven by small city cars and large family SUVs. Electrification has been slower in more traditional segments such as executive sedans, but it is already starting to happen. Mercedes is up Equipped with its EQS luxury flagship – an electric equivalent to the long-serving S-Class – now the EQE’s electric range has grown again.

mercedes eqe 2023
mercedes eqe 2023

As the name suggests it’s actually a scaled-down version of the EQS available as an all-electric variant of the gasoline-diesel and hybrid E-Class sedans. But while it’s roughly the same size as that best-selling model it mimics its larger swooping aerodynamic shape Compared to its EQS sibling it’s more of a big four-door coupe or fastback sedan than a traditional “three-box” sedan.

Key rivals include the Tesla Model S as well as the upcoming Polestar 5 BMW i5 and Audi A6 e-tron executive sedans and the electric Maserati Quattroporte due in 2025. Underneath the body you’ll find the same platform that supports the EQS although for most EQE’s numbers are slightly worse.

Mercedes EQE18

mercedes eqe sedan
mercedes eqe sedan

Originally the only option for UK buyers the EQE 350+ features a 90kWh battery with a range of 409 miles and a single 288bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels. Top speed is 130 mph and acceleration from 0-62 mph takes 6.4 seconds. Charging speed peaks at 170kW (200kW for EQS) so 10-80% Top-up at a suitably fast public spot takes just over 30 minutes.

As these performance numbers suggest the EQE can’t match the blistering acceleration familiar to Tesla owners but overall Mercedes’ engineers were more focused on making the car a comfortable refined driving car than A cornering sports sedan (though A fast AMG version is also in development).

Mercedes-Benz electric eqe.

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eqe mercedes price

Electric cars are common these days and you can choose from the EQE’s multiple driving modes Eco Comfort Sport and Individual. In our testing however we didn’t notice a fundamental difference between them and our car’s optional adaptive air suspension meant it was still fine Controls are in the corners so beefing it up with Sport mode doesn’t seem necessary. Despite the air suspension the EQE isn’t quite as comfortable in day-to-day driving as the E-Class sedan — the EQS is also below the S-Class by comparison.

Mercedes eqe 2023.

Like the EQS the EQE has a stunning interior striking design and high-quality materials. It’s more in line with the traditional executive sedan philosophy than the now rather old and sparse-feeling Tesla Model S cabin. across dashboards The ‘Hyperscreen’ three-in-one setup is an optional extra – although it’s not yet available to order in the UK. As standard the EQE is set up similar to those found in other current Mercedes models with a digital driver display and a large central touchscreen.

mercedes benz electric eqe
mercedes benz electric eqe

While the EQE looks like a scaled-down EQS from most angles the two cars differ in one important way: while the larger EQS has an open hatchback that can easily be filled A large luggage area but the EQE has less space and is smaller. A sedan-like opening similar to a Tesla Model 3. Total luggage capacity is 430 liters but if you want something a little more practical the arrival of the EQE’s SUV equivalent isn’t far off.

Mercedes eqe Sedan.

mercedes benz eqe latest news
mercedes benz eqe latest news

As for rear passenger space there’s plenty of legroom thanks to an almost flat floor but less impressive headroom. Our test car came with an optional sunroof and many tall adults may find their heads brushing it. In addition the center of the three rear seats is also only Really suitable for kids. Another blemish in the EQE copybook is rear visibility which is very limited due to those swooping outside lines.

Mercedes eqe SUV

That being said if you’re just looking for a classy electric sedan that doesn’t need to carry a lot of luggage or adult passengers in the back often the Mercedes EQE is a very good choice. Drives (if not so fast) as well as a Tesla Model S while Better built and more luxurious inside. Compared to the EQS we’d rather Mercedes didn’t reduce range and charging speeds but the benefit of these moves is a reasonable starting price (compared to its rivals) of just over £76,000.

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