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Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ Review

The Mercedes-Benz EQE offers luxury, very competent driving dynamics, and efficiency, with an electric driving range of up to 394 miles.

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Green Car Guide Rating: 9/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ Exclusive Luxury
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 356 – 394 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:   170 kW

Summary

  • Normal Mercedes luxury experience
  • Comfortable and good to drive
  • Electric driving range of up to 394 miles
  • EQE has a boot rather than a hatchback

Background

Mercedes was slow to bring electric cars to market, however it has now transformed itself, with one of the widest range of EVs available. We’ve already had the Mercedes-Benz EQS, which is very impressive, and now we have the EQE – so how does the EQE compare?

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Design & Engineering

The Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ has a 90 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor at the rear axle delivering rear-wheel drive together with 292 hp of power and 565 Nm of torque.

The EQS and the EQE look quite similar, but a key thing to note about the EQE is that, whereas the larger EQS has a hatchback, the EQE has a boot, which is 430-litres in size, although you can fold down the rear seats to get 895 litres of space. There’s lots of legroom for rear-seat passengers.

The EQE’s interior also looks similar overall to the EQS; the EQE also has a 12.8-inch touchscreen, which is angled upwards, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display. There are a few small buttons under the touchscreen, other than that, there are no physical buttons in the interior. A head-up display projects driving information onto the windscreen.

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Mercedes-Benz EQE Driving Experience

The headline about the EQE’s driving experience is that, overall, there’s very little to fault it. The EQE is very refined, very quiet, and very comfortable, with instant responses when accelerating. It’s an ideal way to cover lots of miles on motorways.

As well as the ride quality being excellent – helped by its AIRMATIC air suspension – the EQE delivers rear-wheel drive handling.

There are different drive modes to choose from: Eco, Comfort and Sport (and Individual). The EQE prioritises being polished to drive, although Sport mode, with its synthesised soundtrack and more relaxed traction control settings, offers a bit of engagement.

As per Mercedes tradition, the gear selector is a stalk on the right-hand side of the steering column. There are steering-wheel mounted paddles for increased brake regeneration.

Apple CarPlay works well on the touchscreen, and there’s always a home button visible on the screen to enable access to the car’s own touchscreen controls – although it may be more user-friendly for the home button to be a physical button under the screen. And there’s a slider control for volume, which isn’t particularly user-friendly to operate.

The car button on the touchscreen gives access to various controls including the lane departure warning system, vehicle ride height and the head-up display. The parking brake is in the traditional Mercedes position under the right-hand side of the steering wheel – ie. hidden away. And when you look through the rear-view mirror, the rear window is very narrow.

The only main issue we found with the EQE is the driving position; it’s a challenge to get the perfect driving position without the top of the instrument display being hidden under the top of the steering wheel rim. It seems that the instrument display is too close to the steering wheel, or too big, or the steering wheel is too low.

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Mercedes-Benz EQE Electric Range and Charging

The Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ has a combined WLTP electric driving range of 356 – 394 miles, which is impressive. The real-world driving range over the time we had the car averaged 311 miles, and interestingly, Mercedes provides you with a ‘maximum’ range projection, which averaged 365 miles.

The EQE can ultra-rapid charge at up to 170 kW DC; Mercedes quotes a time of 32 minutes to charge from 10% to 80% at a 110 kW rapid charger. The EQE can also charge at up to 22 kW (AC). Using a 400 V/16 A wallbox, a 10% to 100% charge takes 4 hours 15 minutes.

Electric cars do not charge at their maximum charge rate for an entire charging session – their charge rate typically starts off high with a battery with a low state of charge, then the charge rate decreases as the battery charge increases. See the charge curve for the Mercedes-Benz EQE from Fastned:

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Price And Model Range

Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ Exclusive Luxury is priced at £88,450. Our test car had one option, Obsidian black metallic paint (£895), taking the total price as tested to £89,345.

There are four lines available: AMG Line, AMG Line Premium, AMG Line Premium Plus and Exclusive Luxury. The Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ saloon starts from £76,450 for the EQE 350+ AMG Line.

The EQE AMG Line equipment includes AMG exterior styling, 19” AMG 5-twin spoke wheels, a panoramic roof and privacy glass.

The AMG Line Premium, available for an additional £5,000 over the AMG Line, adds 20” AMG alloy wheels, Driving Assistance package, KEYLESS-GO, Memory package, Ambient Lighting Plus and THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control with four climate zones.

AMG Line Premium Plus, for an additional £7,000, adds 21” multi-spoke AMG alloy wheels, AIRMATIC air suspension, DIGITAL LIGHT headlamps, Driving Assistance Package Plus, Acoustic Comfort package, MBUX Interior Assistant (front), head-up display, Parking package with 360° camera, URBAN GUARD Plus and a Burmester surround sound system.

The top-of-the-range Exclusive Luxury adds high-gloss black-painted 20” alloy wheels, Electric Art exterior and interior styling, Comfort seats and climatised front seats, heated rear seats, heated windscreen and a heated steering wheel.

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Conclusion

There really are few major faults with the Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+. It’s very refined, has a comfortable ride, good performance, a long driving range, it’s luxurious, and has lots of equipment. Our only main issue was the driving position, specifically the way that the top of the steering wheel blocked off the top of the instrument display. Having a boot rather than a hatchback may not suit everyone, and of course the EQE can’t be described as an affordable EV choice for most people. Other than that, we’d just say that the EQE is so polished that it doesn’t have as much driving character as some other EVs. And visually the EQE looks so similar to the EQS it’s a challenge to tell the difference between the two. The Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ gains a Green Car Guide rating of 9 out of 10.

Car facts and figures Mercedes-Benz EQE 350+ Review

  • Test electric driving range: 311 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): TBC miles/kWh
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2022/23): 2%
  • Price:   £88,450
  • Insurance group:   TBC
  • Power:   292 hp
  • Torque:   565 Nm
  • Max speed:   130 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   6.4 seconds
  • Weight:   2,355 kg
  • Towing capacity: TBC
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor