At last, it’s a bespoke electric Mercedes. That’s what the EQS is: all-new. Not an electrified S-Class, but an S-Class sized luxury saloon riding on a new platform big enough to contain a massive 107.8kWh battery in its enormous wheelbase. It’s a five-metre long riposte to all the EV newcomers. Mercedes is here for the new era, and it’s thrown everything it’s got at this flagship. The official claim is a monstrous 454 miles of maximum range. But how far can it really go on a full charge? Well, we sent Magazine’s Ollie Kew on a wee trip from Edinburgh to London to find out.ChaptersIntro 0:00 1:04Navigation 1:05 1:59City Driving & Range 2:00 3:24Recuperation Levels 3:25 4:30What is the EQS 4:31 7:13Range Update #1 7:14 7:48EQS in Traffic 7:49 9:20Range Update #2 9:21 12:03Interior 12:04 12:27Range Update #3 12:28 12:56Hyperscreen 12:57 15:41Range Update #4 15:42 17:14Final Destination 17:15 19:22 Want to watch a bit of on the internet? Welcome to the most comprehensive collection of official clips you’ll find on YouTube. Whether you’re searching for a caravan challenge, Ken Block in the Hoonicorn, cars versus fighter jets, Stig power laps or the latest Chris Harris Drives, you can find all the iconic films here.Want to share your views with the team?
oh it’s gonna be so close it’s half past six in the morning here in edinburgh which you’ll recognise if you know your castles i’ve had a lovely haggis for breakfast and i’m gonna go to london for my dinner which means i’ve got quite a lot of driving to do today but that’s no problem because i’ve got the very latest in luxury mercedes saloons to get me there no no no not that one that one for decades the s-class has been the contender for the title of best car in the world many have tried to beat it few have succeeded but can mercedes now beat itself at its own game with a battery-powered mega saloon to find out how the eqs stacks up we’ve devised a very simple test can we cruise to nearly 400 miles between edinburgh scotland and london england without needing to charge and without needing to hype a mile in misery okay so let’s set our destination on this hyper screen i’m going to set it to a proper british landmark buckingham palace nice 3d model of it there and we get some interesting information as well reviews of buckingham palace not sure who’s written those we know that the what three words location is fence gross bats we’ve got some weather and there’s actually a phone number which i think gets you through to her majesty the queen but we’ll leave her alone we’ll hit let’s go so it’s coming up with a route for us which we might ignore and take a shorter one but the interesting bit is up here the optimize routes menu where the car thinks through what are the smartest charging options so you spend least time stopped and the most time on the road it reckons it’s sorted all that it’s factored in the traffic so we should be set to go right we’ve left the grandeur of edinburgh castle behind us and we’re threading our way out of the city which is luckily pretty quiet so far this morning but there are already some problems and first one are the numbers up here it’s telling me i’ve got 370 miles of range which is loads but my destination is exactly 400 miles away though that distance keeps growing and shrinking as the car calculates different routes depending on where there’s traffic so that’s quite clever i can take some comfort from the fact there is a max range reading here which is 396 miles that’s what the car could offer me if i was prepared to turn off the lights not charge my phone not use the air con just maximum maximum energy saving however when i picked this car up yesterday it had a 490 mile claimed range because someone from mercedes had been driving it presumably very very carefully so hopefully when we do get to the motorway and we’re just in the cruise we’re taking advantage of this car’s record-breakingly slippery aerodynamics that range might just start to stabilize and creep up a little bit while i am in the city i can use some of this cars superpowers its brains to actually help with the range so these paddles behind the steering wheel obviously they’re not for changing gear therefore your energy recuperation the region when i touch the brake or just when i lift off the throttle what’s really clever in the eqs is instead of selecting a level which you do just by clicking the paddles if you hold the right paddle like that i’ve got the intelligent recuperation setting and that’s now using the car’s forward-facing sensors cameras and it’s gps so it knows right now i’m just on a 30 mile an hour city street and then it selects how much regen you want and i’ve kind of used this in other cars before and just found it a bit of a gimmick and not very intelligent just left it alone in this it’s freakish it’s amazing it knows exactly where this car is in front and then it just keeps me the perfect distance away but maximizing the charge i’m putting back into the battery and really getting the sense that today every little increment i can squeeze out of it it’s gonna help okay since we’re making some progress i can actually go back to the start and tell you what an eqs is we should probably begin with that shouldn’t we so tell anyone who reckons that an eqs is just an electrified s-class tell them they’re wrong you have my permission because this is not simply the mercedes s-class with the engine ripped out and some batteries shoved in that’s what mercedes has been doing so far if that’s what you thought so fair enough problem is with that is that the bespoke electric cars the people who’ve gone away and developed a platform purely for that job they’re going to have better range better aero better space more features it’s just more future proof so finally we get the eqs not an electrified s-class all new this doesn’t share a single bit of body work with an s-class it’s got this much more aerodynamic kind of tear drop stream line of shape instead of the kind of upright and statesman like s-class which looks a lot more i guess old-fashioned maybe we’ll look at it in a few years and then there’s the tech so under the skin here an enormous 107.8 kilowatt-hour battery that’s huge and that makes up a hell of a lot of the 2480 kilograms that this thing actually weighs but what that means is we’ve got a 329 horsepower motor at the rear so just rear wheel drive and about 419 pounds feet of torque not to 60 about as quick as a kind of low end hot hatch so 6.2 seconds and it’s limited to 130 miles an hour flat out but yeah a 484 mile range for this car makes it the long distance champ for all of the eqs’s above this there will be a four wheel drive version so dual motors second motor up front that will do north to 64.9 seconds but there’ll be a range penalty and gonna be a bit more expensive now this car would obviously make it if i was prepared to slipstream lorries all the way and not use any of its features but that’s not why you buy a 100 000 pound luxury mercedes barge is it so i think we’ll say goodbye to the lorries that’s better and we’ll live a bit of a life of luxury so hey mercedes turn on the driver’s seat massager driver seat massage is turned on perfect okay so there we are across the border back into england time for a sit rep and not looking good 326 miles of range 342 miles to go now the car says i can do 342 miles if i turn off everything except the motor that’s actually driving us but i’m enjoying my massages far too much to even think about that yet okay we are in a big traffic jam but while that’s annoying for my journey time it’s not necessarily the worst thing for an electric car see the s-class is actually following us today that’s my plan b to get home that will be wrecking its mpg while it’s sort of bumbling along in traffic but of course the ev doesn’t mind it at all in fact there’s no economic drag right now it’s even getting a little bit of regen as the cruise control follows the car in front so it’s actually probably helping our range a little bit 298 miles says the screen here 302 miles to the destination says the screen over here so the gap is closing we’re not taking the fastest way down today instead of taking all of the slick motorways we’ve gone for the more scenic route partly because the north of england is beautiful but partly because it actually saved us about 40 miles of distance this is all the tactics that comes into play when you’re driving an electric car but overall i have to say maybe it’s the pillow maybe it’s the massage maybe it’s how soft this leather steering wheel is maybe how it’s expensive it smells in here with all the themed fragrances that are being pumped out from somewhere but so far 94 miles in no range anxiety not yet here’s something interesting if you find not breaking down and ending up stuck on a hard shoulder interesting which today i happen to be only going for 121 miles but the maximum range the car will offer me if i was like really well behaved turned everything off that has now been caught up by the actual range because of the traffic we’ve been in the kind of advantages that the eqs will offer you or why don’t you try having a bit more region why don’t you try turning off the seat heater or something that’s all been cancelled out just because the car’s been moving much more efficiently at these lower speeds and that means that for the first time today the car says we’re officially going to make it 275 miles left in the battery 272 miles to her majesty’s gaff buckingham palace at the bottom of the mall in london so as we just come past gateshead we’re potentially on to make it it’s all the young people’s fault apparently we’re going past leeds and there is a big popular music festival happening it turns out around now leeds festival and the traffic on the a1 the road we’ve been using to get from edinburgh to london is absolutely gridlocked the car’s sat nav demanding we get off the a1 google maps waze just common sense everything’s saying get off this motorway it’s totally gridlocked and find a backroad problem is everyone else has got those apps everyone else has had exactly the same thought and the back roads are glued up as well now like i said earlier traffic should be good for an ev kind of slower speed you’re not punching that big hole in the air but when you’re just kind of rolling along at walking pace and it’s 24 degrees outside it’s quite warm for an english summer’s day gotta have the air con on as a result it’s just bleeding away out the battery so we’ll check in with you in a bit hopefully when the traffic has improved maybe after we’ve had some lunch and we’ll see how we’re going now while i take a quick break from driving allow me to show you around the interior yes it’s hugely spacious and exquisitely trimmed with tactile woods leathers and cool metals but you expect that of a benz what’s new are the pixels the processors and the blade runner spec ambient lighting that makes this the coolest interior in the world after dark right let’s get back on the road as if by magic past leads and it’s opened up again flowing along nicely so this is all your fault leads if we don’t make it sit rep is 175 miles of range versus 182 miles left to run so we’re still a bit short but a few more downhill stretches like this you never know been distracting myself from the stress of range anxiety with this screen let’s talk about the hyper screen this is a 55 inch wide piece of glass it’s not really one screen it’s three behind that one piece of curved glass and the curve means you don’t get the 3d gauges you get a normal s-class eqs doesn’t have that but what an eqs has is a 17.7 inch display in the middle big touch screen here gauges they’re all digital kind of normally what you’ve seen in any other mercedes and then for your passenger they also get a second mbux and a half inch screen in front of them that’s an odd one for me because you can watch telly on it you can play games on it there’s like built-in solitaire and sudoku like you got on windows it’s nowhere near the games you get a tesla but as we’ve found when we’ve been experimenting with it the second you try and do most things on it it goes oh i’m not allowed that that might distract the driver and when all the stuff’s greyed out you end up just kind of using it as a bit of a gimmick oh i’ll look at the nav but then there’s a giant nav screen right next door why would you do that finding it a little bit strange as is the wallpaper which is a like a mercedes cyberpunk concept car that’s just kind of always on like an advert it’s a bit odd can forgive it that though this central screen it’s really really cool it can do some really impressive stuff with its widgets the way it can kind of help you out the way it’s tailored to make the best of what the eqs does which is cover huge distances the way it will recommend you charging stations not only based on how fast they are you know if you want a rapid charge if you’ve got a bit more time to kill to have lunch you can maybe go to a slower charger but it’ll also show how many charging stations are at you know the services you’re going to and how many of them are currently occupied so you can choose tactically oh let’s pull over later on perhaps there are a few more free this just makes the whole electric car going a long distance business that much more stress-free because the car is doing the thinking for you it gives you the spare mental capacity to go should i have the hot stone massage yes yes i think i will and so liking the hyperscreen for that not so sure about the interface down below where the temperature controls are kind of like if that was proximity related it’s kind of saw your hand coming in and grew to to meet you because sometimes they can be a bit fiddly to hear and the blue seen a few people comparing it to kind of windows media player circa kind of 2000 and if you’re old enough to remember that then um yeah you’ll know what i mean and yeah it’s it’s it’s not as crisp and kind of modern looking i guess as it could be but really nitpicking here today has been as you’ve probably seen a bit of a stressful one we had the puncture yesterday today we’ve had more traffic than you know you’d normally find on the periphery in paris i’ve been on the go for eight hours and 52 minutes now having averaged just 34 miles an hour i should be absolutely broken in here i’ve got no neck ache no backache no none backside i feel pretty fresh really like i could keep going if the car had the range too it’s a real testament to if you can still do the old-school luxury engineering but team that with long-distance electric powertrain this is the way we are going to want our electric cars to be ha i can smell something in here and it’s not the dodgy motorway snacks that we’ve brought along it is tension 50 miles range remaining 50 miles to destination it could not be closer this thing might just make it if it even has to crawl over the finish line but it’s gonna be oh it’s gonna be so close yep you’re right unless buckingham palace is considerably less grand than i remember it we didn’t quite make it we gave it a really good go got down to two percent battery remaining eight miles left every single warning was coming on the dashboard going you have really got to charge me up now but with 25 miles left to run into our intended destination central london probably wasn’t safe to give it a go but i don’t want to be harsh on the eqs it’s got us down here done 370 miles on its charge in exquisite comfort i cannot stress enough what an absolutely peerless long-distance cruiser this is and then we have to assess what actually happened when we bailed see for a start i’ve not been hypermiling i can’t stress that enough either been doing 70 75 mile an hour we’ve been using every feature i’ve had more massages today than most people have in a lifetime but then at the moment we decided we’re gonna have to go and get a charge here it wasn’t a case of coast to your grandma’s house and hope she can reach a extension lead out the kitchen window into the hyperscreen show me charges up they popped loads of them slow chargers fast chargers rapid charges we got ourselves one here i knew on my way here that it was working and that there wasn’t someone already parked here and that just immediately took the stress out of the experience stress and the eqs just don’t go together so that says that well the network is improving the interfaces the internet of things is all improving and fundamentally mercedes is actually starting to take electric cars seriously and that should probably make everyone else pretty afraid