The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS lineup comes in two variants, the EQS450+ 4MATIC and the EQS580 4MATIC+ and the EQS AMG. I drove the 580 which comes with 518HP/631lb-ft of Torque and with a curb weight of nearly 6,000 pounds; it needs all that power. The 580 accelerates rapidly, like all electric cars but also like almost all of them, it’s the braking and cornering that falls a bit short. There’s just no way to make an elephant dance like a gazelle. If you’re looking for a driver's car, Mercedes has plenty of other options from which to choose.
If you’re looking for technical wizardry, industry leading comfort, and just about the most amazing interior on the market, good news is the EQS has all that and more. First off the screen, or as Mercedes call it, hyperscreen, is measured in meters. 1.4 of them. 55 inches. The “Hypersceen” is actually a marriage of three screens spanning the entire front of the cabin. It’s a beauty to behold, fairly easy to navigate and features more tech than imaginable. Suffice to say this infotainment center is impressive in every way.
The only gripe I have with the interior is the passenger side of the “Hyperscreen” reflects everything as you drive along. Have you ever left a large tablet face up on the passenger seat? If you know what I’m talking about, it’s a little distracting but I’m sure after spending more time with the car it becomes less of a problem.
The 2023 Mercedes EQS580+ rides on an adaptive, self-leveling air suspension that is sublime. To mask the car's considerable length, four-wheel steering gives you the illusion that maybe, just maybe, you could do a U-turn inside of a single parking space. With an advertised range of 340 miles, rest assured that your driving experience will bathe you in comfort, luxury and style the likes of which the company founders, all the way back in 1901, could only have dreamt of.