Better than a Tesla Model X? 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV
Mercedes-Benz is in the process of redefining what luxurious motoring is all about with their EQ line of electric vehicles. We first tested an EQS sedan last November and called it the Starship Enterprise. It felt (and sounded) so futuristic for a brand that dates back to 1926.
Electric vehicles make a perfect fit for luxury brands. They are quieter and more effortless to drive and typically (at least for now) cost more than their gas-powered equivalents. Hopping behind the wheel of this 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC SUV proves that EVs make excellent luxury vehicles.
We already know that Mercedes is renowned for its luxurious vehicles, but this EQS SUV takes it a step further. With its low center of gravity, most of the tradeoffs consumers make for SUVs are wiped away. This EQS SUV feels planted and sure-footed on corners and in traffic. With its electric drive, power is delivered instantaneously, meaning it feels like a much smaller and lighter vehicle when accelerating. With our tester’s 4-wheel steering, this 3-row SUV felt like it could turn circles inside my garage.
Add to all of that the typical Mercedes-Benz luxury accouterment such as their MBUX voice assistant, heated/ventilated/massaging front seats, massive panoramic glass roof, 56-inch MBUX Hyperscreen with passenger controls, Burmester® 3D Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos® enhancement, self-leveling AIRMATIC® air suspension, and so much more.
This Benz even has customizable fragrances that can be added to the HVAC system to keep your ride smelling fresh and clean 24/7, no matter who or what you may be carrying with you, which can be a lot. With seating for up to 7 in the 3 rows of leather seats, or cargo space of up to 74 cubic feet with all the seats folded flat.
Charging the 108.4 kWh battery to full will get you an estimated 285 miles of range, though we consistently saw over 300 miles when we topped off to 100%. Charging happens quickly at DC Fast Chargers too, with up to 200 kW of speed available, the EQS SUV can go from 10-80% in a claimed 31 minutes, getting you and your crew back on the road quickly.
2023 EQS 580 4MATIC SUV Specs:
Dual Permanently Excited Synchronous (PSM) Electric motors
633 lb-ft of Torque
Single Speed Automatic Transmission
All Wheel Drive
Selectable Drive Modes
0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds
Up to 3,500 lbs of Towing
Rack-and-pinion Steering with Electromechanical Power Assist
10-degree Rear-axle Steering
Adaptive, Self-leveling 4-wheel Multilink Suspension with AIRMATIC®
21-Inch AMG Wheels
275/45R21 Range-Optimized Summer Tires
Heated and Ventilated Nappa Leather Front Seats with Massage
LED Digital Adaptive Highbeam Assist Headlights
LED Daytime Running Lamps
Burmester® 3D Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos® Enhancement
360-degree Camera System
17.7-inch OLED Center Infotainment Screen
12.3-inch Digital Gauge Cluster
12.3-inch OLED Front Passenger Display
Color Head-Up Display with Augmented Reality
Six 100W USB-C charging ports
Quad-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Heated Outboard Rear Seats
Proximity Key with Push Button Start
EPA Estimated Range of 285 Miles
Starting MSRP $125,950 (580)
Price as tested (est.): $148,490