MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ EQE SALOON EQE 350+ 215kW AMG Line 90kWh 4dr Auto

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.4s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range394 miles

The EQE is the Mercedes take on what a full-sized, full-electric premium Executive saloon should be. Essentially, it's a downsized EQS, which means it's very futuristic indeed - and sophisticated where you'll want it to be, in terms of range and cabin tech. Still want that E-Class saloon? Try one of these first.

ELECTRIC ELEGANCE

With the EQE, Mercedes sets a benchmark for full-sized EV Executive Saloons. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The EQE is the Mercedes take on what a full-sized, full-electric premium Executive saloon should be. Essentially, it's a downsized EQS, which means it's very futuristic indeed - and sophisticated where you'll want it to be, in terms of range and cabin tech. Still want that E-Class saloon? Try one of these first.

Background

Enough with electric mid-sized SUVs. What will the all-electric full-sized Executive segment luxury saloon of the near future look like? Mercedes says it should look like this, the EQE, a car that delivers a lot of the technology of the brand's EQS flagship EV limo counterpart, but at a slightly more accessible price point. The EQE's main targets are premium EV saloons like the BMW i4 and the Audi A6 e-tron, but it could also interest people looking at top versions of the Tesla Model 3. Folk considering upper versions of smarter upper mid-sized full electric SUVs could also be interested, though Mercedes already has its EQC crossover to interest them. The EQE's task is to bring this battery technology to the more accessible part of the luxury saloon sector - that for full-sized Executive sedans. It's effectively the all-electric counterpart to a Mercedes E-Class. Who knows; the EQE model range may even replace the E-Class line-up in the future. For the time being though, it's an intriguing alternative.

Driving Experience

The EQE promises to be a sublime cruiser, with class leadership targeted in all areas of noise reduction. That's very Mercedes - and so should be the feel of the volume EQE 350 model's 288bhp rear-mounted motor, which is linked to single-speed transmission and powered by a 10-cell 90.6kWh battery offering a WLTP-rated range of 339-410 miles - better than most rivals. It's fast too, the 62mph sprint dispatched in 5.9s en route to a high (for an ordinary EV) top speed of 131mph. Inevitably, Stuttgart has also developed a faster Mercedes-AMG 53 4MATIC+ model for those that might want it, complete with 4MATIC 4WD and a range of 275-322 miles. This offers 626hp and deals with the benchmark sprint in 3.5s. Add to this top version the optional 'AMG Dynamic Plus Pack' and output rises to 687hp and the sprint time improves to 3.3s. But the EQE 350 will be more than sufficient for most. Air suspension (optional on the '350' but standard on the '53') eases away the issues of the day and if you don't like the silence, there are various selectable sound programs linked to the ebb and flow of the electric motor - 'Silver Waves', 'Vivid Flux' and 'Roaring Pulse'.

Design and Build

If you happen to be familiar with the EQS, you'll recognise the EQE immediately as its close cousin. The two cars share the same EVA2 all-electric platform, but the EQE is 270mm shorter, though is still almost 5-metres in length. Which makes it at touch larger than an E-Class; in fact the dimensions more similar to the brand's CLS four-door coupe. There are super sleek aerodynamics - and very big wheels (either 19 or 20-inches). What's under the panel work is interesting too. This is the first Mercedes to be built using 100% recycled steel. As you approach the EQE, the door can automatically open for you, unaided and chauffeur-like, then it'll close behind you once the seatbelt has clicked in. Most customers are going to want to pay more for the extra cost Hyperscreen which spans a complete width of the dashboard. There are three parts to it; the main centre touchscreen, the instrument monitor and the head-up display. Plus at further spend, you can add a fourth passenger-side infotainment centre, which allows your front seat friend to play games, watch movies or access various secondary controls. Full-battery platforms are usually more than space efficient than combustion ones - and so it proves here. The EQE has an 80mm longer wheelbase than an E-Class and that really brings benefits in the back for leg room, which is very generous. Headroom is as good as in an EQS. Boot space though - 430-litres - is 180-litres down on that larger model.

Market and Model

You're going to need to think in terms of a price starting point of around £80,000 for EQS ownership; that's for the base EQE 350 model. Obviously, you'll need significantly more for the faster Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+ variant. And you'll need more again if you want to upgrade your car with the digital MBUX Hyperscreen set-up almost all EQE customers will want. Other options include a head-up display unit featuring augmented reality features. Plus you'll want to leave some budget aside for the rear-axle steering set-up (standard on the 53 AMG version), which can reduce the turning circle by up to 1.8m. There's also a high efficiency particulate filter that works as part of an 'Energising Air Control' system. Ideally, you're going to need the high spec front seat package, which gives you heating, ventilation and G-Force-defying dynamic cushion support. There's also a massaging package. You can additionally look at a large dual sunroof and, on the '350' you'll need to pay more for air suspension and the usual Burmester surround sound set-up. Another neat touch we really like is the automatic door opening arrangement. The Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+ comes with a range of AMG dynamic select drive programs - 'Slippery', 'Comfort', 'Sport', 'Sport+' and 'RACE START'.

Cost of Ownership

The 90.6kWh lithium-ion battery can be charged at speeds of up to 170kW, which allows the EQE to gain around 155 miles of range in around 15 minutes. We like the clever choice of different charging programmes - 'Standard', 'Home' and 'Work', each of which allows you to pre-set things like departure time, maximum charge level and air conditioning settings. There's also a feature that Mercedes calls 'Eco-charging', which lowers the load on the battery during charging in a way that improves the longevity of the lithium-ion cells. As usual with an EV, you can lower the battery's charge state to a pre-set limit; or delay charging take advantage of off-peak electricity. As you'd expect, the battery can be replenished on the move by regenerative brake energy, a recuperation system that allows for single-pedal driving on its highest setting. Mercedes makes much of what it calls its 'holistic approach to the battery life cycle', which sees EV batteries taken out of the company's cars at the end of their usable lives and employed in energy storage facilities, rather than being recycled instantly. The brand says over-the-air software updates that work with the EV-specific navigation system extend the battery's life in-car as long as possible, because they determine the best heating and cooling cycles for optimal performance.

Summary

The EQE shows just how much Mercedes is prepared to invest in class leadership in the new segment for all-electric Executive saloons. Some may struggle a little with the way that aerodynamics rather than character appear to have overly influenced the looks, but in terms of range, technology and cabin wow factor, the EQE is undeniably class-leading. It should feel like a Mercedes to drive too, with class benchmarks targeted in both refinement and silky smooth power delivery. Choose one of these, then live with it for a bit and you might find yourself wondering why the combustion-engined E-Class equivalent is still on sale. Once there's price parity between the two cars - which may not be as far off as many think - there's little doubt which of the two models most prospective customers will choose. The future's arrived.

  • Heat insulating, noise insulating and infrared reflecting laminated glass
  • Heated windscreen washer system
  • Frameless windows
  • Acoustic privacy glass
  • Windows with remote closing and opening including ventilation function

  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electronic Stability Programme

  • Power assisted steering
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
  • Parked vehicle locator
  • Mercedes me services

  • Front wireless smartphone charging
  • Finger print scanner
  • Easy pack tailgate
  • Remote vehicle finder

  • Active traffic sign assist
  • Geofencing
  • Pre-installation for car sharing
  • Mercedes me connect
  • Mercedes Benz emergency call system
  • EQ navigation services - map (range display), display charging stations, programming of charging settings and pre entry climate control
  • 12.8" OLED central display
  • Smartphone integration
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • 12.3" digital instrument cluster display

  • Dashboard and belt lines in space grey ARTICO man-made leather with NEOTEX grain and red topstitching
  • Black fine structure lower trim
  • Anthracite wood main trim

  • Five recuperation levels

  • Mercedes benz sound system
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • DAB Digital radio

  • AMG exterior styling
  • Side skirts in high-gloss black with chrome inserts
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear boot
  • AMG front bumper in vehicle colour with A-wing in high gloss black and chrome trim
  • High-gloss chrome front splitter with flics and fins at the left and right air inlets in high-gloss black with chrome trim
  • Body colour AMG rear apron with high-gloss black diffuser-look inserts, chrome double trim strip and flics at left/right air outlets in grained black
  • Black panel radiator grille with central star
  • Panoramic sliding sunroof with remote closing and opening including ventilation function
  • Illuminated seamless door handles

  • LED rear tail lamps with 3D helix design
  • Static LED headlights with high beam assist
  • LED High level third brake light
  • Daytime running lights

  • Thermotronic automatic climate control
  • HEPA air filter
  • Infrared quality sensor

  • Artico/Dynamica leather upholstery
  • Storage compartment under center console
  • Roof lining - Black fabric
  • AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with aluminium rubber studs

  • Ambient lighting 64 colours with direct light lines

  • Interior light pack - EQE
  • AMG interior design pack - EQE
  • Mirror pack - EQE
  • USB package - EQE
  • Parking pack - EQE AMG Line/AMG Line Premium

  • Three point rear seat belts
  • Rear door child safety locks

  • Split folding rear seats
  • Front head restraints
  • Rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • AMG sports seats
  • Single front passenger seat

  • Vehicle tracking
  • Valet protect
  • Speedfencing
  • Remote door locking and unlocking

  • Combined charging system CCS-2 connector
  • 22kW onboard charger
  • 170kW DC onboard charger
  • 90kWh battery
  • Charging cable for domestic plug socket, Type G (Mode 2) 5m

  • Summer tyres

  • 19" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels

  • Tirefit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 32
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 170
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 10-80
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 90
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 635
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 394
  • Charging Port Location: Right Side Rear

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): 67
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Engine Code: N
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: AMG Line
  • Coin Description: 90kWh
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 2
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 292
  • Badge Engine CC: 0.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: False
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 57.6
  • Engine Power - KW: 215
  • Engine Power - RPM: 15913
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 417
  • Engine Torque - NM: 565
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3559
  • Engine Power - BHP: 292
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.4
  • Top Speed: 130

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A

  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 4946
  • Width: 1961
  • Wheelbase: 3120
  • Width (including mirrors): 2103
  • Height: 1510
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 525
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2355
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2880
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.5

  • Metallic paint: £895
  • Manufaktur metallic paint: £1,195
  • Manufaktur magno paint: £2,175

  • Metallic - Graphite grey: £895
  • Metallic - Obsidian black: £895
  • Metallic - Onyx black: £895
  • Metallic - High tech silver: £895
  • Metallic - Nautic blue: £895
  • Metallic - Sodalite blue: £895

  • Manufaktur magno - Selenite grey: £2,175
  • Manufaktur metallic - Diamond white: £1,195
  • Manufaktur metallic - Hyacinth red: £1,195

  • Artico/Dynamica - Black/space grey: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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