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Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Review

The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is big on the outside and spacious on the inside, with a comfortable ride on smooth roads, and a range of up to 306 miles.

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  • Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV
Green Car Guide Rating: 7/10

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size:   Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 4MATIC SUV AMG Line Premium Plus
  • Fuel:   Electric
  • Electric driving range (WLTP): 306 miles
  • Maximum rapid charging rate:   170 kW

Summary

  • Big
  • Spacious interior
  • 306-mile range
  • Not the most affordable EV

Background

Mercedes was initially quite late to the electric car party, but it has done an impressive job with catching up. We’ve had the EQE and EQS saloons, now we have the EQE and EQS SUVs, which are likely to be more in demand. Should you buy one?

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

Design & Engineering

No surprises with the Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV styling: it looks like an SUV version of the EQE saloon. This means that it’s big – 4,863mm in length, with lots of space for the driver and passengers, and a large 520-litre boot, or 1,675 litres with the rear seats folded down.

The dashboard features a ‘ship’s deck open-pore walnut wood trim’, and our test car came in the colour of Alpine Grey Solid (colours other than grey are also available).

The EQE SUV has an 89 kWh battery (usable capacity), and front and rear motors providing all-wheel drive and a power output of 288 hp.

The EQE SUV has a towing capacity of 1,800 kg.

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Driving Experience

The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV has AIRMATIC air suspension with an integrated adaptive damping system and speed-dependant, electrical power assisted steering and rear-axle steering (up to 10 degrees). The result of all this is that the EQE SUV has a comfortable primary ride, but somewhat bouncy body control at times, and at low speeds there’s lots of steering assistance, resulting in it being easy to drive rather than sharp. The EQE SUV is a big car, and the rear-axle steering aims to make it more manoeuvrable, but it certainly can’t be described as agile – and of course this isn’t helped by the EQE’s hefty 2,580kg kerb weight. The brakes also appear to struggle with the 2.5 tonne+ mass.

Our test car featured large 22-inch AMG alloy wheels and low profile tyres, which might help with the EQE’s looks, but don’t help with secondary ride quality when faced with large potholes and severe speed bumps. The large tyres also result in some road noise.

Performance is good but not class-leading (its power output is 288 hp) – however a more performance-focused EQE AMG model is due.

The EQE features the standard Mercedes gear selector stalk on the right-hand side of the steering column, and steering wheel-mounted paddles provide the ability to change the level of brake regeneration. The ‘Dynamic’ button gives the drive mode options of Eco, Comfort and Sport. If you select a mode such as Sport, this will revert to Comfort when the EQE is restarted.

The position of the driver’s instrument display in both the EQE and the EQE SUV is slightly strange – the driver’s view of the top of the display is partially obscured by the top rim of the steering wheel. It feels as if the display is too close to the large steering wheel/the display is too big/the display is too high. In an effort to get the balance right between the seat, the steering wheel and the instrument display, the result is that the driving position isn’t ideal.

There’s a large 12.8-inch central touchscreen, which is angled more upwards than most screens, and there’s a lot of information, both on the home screen, and on sub-menu screens – it’s all quite complex rather than clear. However despite all the information, there are no permanent shortcut buttons; you have to press the home button to get to other screens. This is in contrast to when you’re using Apple CarPlay, when there are the three helpful shortcut buttons of map, media and phone always displayed. However you do get a reassuring ‘click’ when you press the touchscreen. Infotainment volume is controlled by moving your finger on a slider on the screen, which isn’t as user-friendly as traditional volume controls when driving.

One screen gives you ‘off road’ options, but it’s unlikely that you’d get far off-road with the tyres fitted to our test car.

The steering will be wrenched out of your hands by the lane departure warning system until you turn this feature off, which requires lots of delving into sub menu screens while driving.

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Electric Range and Charging

The Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 4MATIC SUV AMG Line Premium Plus has a WLTP electric driving range of 306 miles. After a week of mixed driving the average real-world range was 272 miles. The EQE displays a maximum predicted range, which averaged at 313 miles when fully charged.

The EQE SUV has a maximum DC rapid charging rate of 170 kW, which should provide a 10% to 80% charge in 31 minutes. It has an onboard 22 kW AC charger, which should give a 10% to 100% charge in 5 hours.

The charging socket cover seems somewhat challenging to open on the EQE, and on other electric Mercedes models.

How to charge an electric car

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

Price And Model Range

The Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 4MATIC SUV AMG Line Premium Plus is available from £90,560; with options, our test car was priced at a fairly substantial £112,955.

AMG Line Premium Plus trim includes features including digital light with projection function, MBUX Hyperscreen, heat-insulating, noise-insulating and infrared-reflecting glass, MBUX Interior Assistant, 10-degrees rear-axle steering, head-up display, surround lighting with animated Mercedes-Benz pattern and acoustic comfort package.

The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV is also available in AMG Line, AMG Line Premium and Business Class specifications.

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV

Conclusion

The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV will undoubtedly have an appeal to many people, offering a luxurious image, the latest technology, lots of space, a decent electric driving range, and the Mercedes badge. It’s a comfortable way in which to cover many motorway miles. However at £90,560, or £112,955 as tested, it’s expensive, and for this price point there are also some issues. It’s a challenge to get a decent driving position without the steering wheel obscuring the instrument display, it’s very heavy, and with the low profile tyres the secondary ride quality isn’t what you’d expect from a £90,000+ SUV. The Mercedes-Benz EQE 350 4MATIC SUV AMG Line Premium Plus is awarded a Green Car Guide rating of 7 out of 10.

Car facts and figures Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV Review

  • Test electric driving range: 272 miles
  • Consumption (WLTP): 211 Wh/km
  • CO2 emissions (WLTP): 0 g/km
  • Vehicle tax rate (VED):   £0
  • Benefit in Kind (BIK) company car tax liability (2024/25): 2%
  • Price:   £90,560
  • Insurance group:   50
  • Power:   288 hp
  • Torque:   765 Nm
  • Max speed:   130 mph
  • 0-62 mph:   6.6 seconds
  • Weight:   2,580 kg
  • Towing capacity: 1,800 kg
Paul Clarke

Review by:
Paul Clarke, GreenCarGuide Editor