We experience the Mercedes EQE, the strengths of the 100% electric sedan

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Mercedes sedans are an institution, from the S-Class for heads and heads of state, through the E-Class for big wheels and MPVs, to the C-Class for distinguished families, all have a special place in their respective segments.

The future transition to all-electric has started since 2019 at Mercedes with the launch of the EQC family SUV and these sedans are gradually being joined by their battery-powered equivalents. While waiting for an EQC sedan comparable to the C-Class, there was already a 5.22m-long EQS in the catalog since 2021, now joined by the 4.95m EQE, 1.5cm longer than the E-Class. will replace one day, after the shutdown of the thermal scheduled for 2030, at least, at the mark with the star.

In the meantime, here are the three points that particularly attracted us during our recent test drive of this Mercedes-Benz EQE.

Comfort

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EQE makes the journey enjoyable by taking care of every component of the car’s comfort.

Flexible suspension, with excellent filtration with optional pneumatic controlled damping, combined with a long wheelbase of 3.12 m for good stability and reduced body movement. Comfortable seats in the seat and firmer in the backrest, providing adequate support for long journeys.

There is room for rear passengers. The raised floor is offset by a back-sloping seat (short in length) so as not to leave the thighs in a vacuum, even though this arrangement is quite unusual, creating a more stooped posture than usual.

Finally, soundproofing reduces outside noise, even without optional side double glazing. The very good aerodynamics of the body (Cd of 0.22), round, low and elongated, contribute a lot to this reduction in air noise.

indoor atmosphere

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The finishes and materials indicate from the first contact where the quality standards of this EQE are placed. A very elegant premium interior with modern shapes.

The sportier AMG 53 version can also be optionally equipped with a glazed surface covering the entire dashboard and housing three screens, which Mercedes has called the “Hyperscreen”.

The other versions take the form of this panel, but replace the screens with a wide finish whose material can be configured from a varied choice.

A smaller, 12.8” screen in it is installed vertically like a tablet leaning over this dressing. The rendering is technological and elegant.

And at nightfall, standard ambient lighting outlines all furniture, either directly or more diffusely, offers color effects and 64 custom colors. The backs of the front seats also receive a luminous stripe that draws their silhouettes in the dark.

Embedded technology

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Between the state-of-the-art MBUX system that combines the central display and digital instrumentation (12.3”), its responsiveness and graphics that facilitate navigation, and all the potentially related equipment, the EQE will succeed in seducing enthusiasts of technologies.

If equipped, cameras around the vehicle can remotely send images to the phone app in the event of an impact, the GPS can display your instructions in augmented reality on a live image of the road, the Burmester audio system with 15 710 W emits sounds to make driving more lively, both in acceleration and energy recovery, the multi-contour seats offer adjustments for each part of the seat, backrest, headrests and sides, with massage function, not to mention the advanced voice ” Hey Mercedes” command, including everyday language, although it is not able to respond to all requests.

Lighting has been the subject of great attention, with the possibility of choosing “Digital Light” optics, consisting of 1.3 million mirrors each to present information directly on the road, warn a pedestrian or even turn on the lights. , all with maximum precision.

What can make you hesitate

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Quite sober and equipped with a substantial battery of 89 kWh of net capacity, the Mercedes EQE is also very heavy, 2,355 kg with the driver. This is felt in cornering or braking, where the pedal lacks consistency and sometimes shows brutality in the transitions between regenerative braking and that of the pads on the discs, with the uncomfortable feeling of releasing the brake for a very short time, enough to destabilize when you least expect it.

So there is a lack of volume in the trunk for this size. At 430 liters, they are less than in a station wagon. A penalty point for group trips, maybe a little less for passenger transport professionals.

Finally, from €75,000, the EQE must be earned, but it includes a very comprehensive endowment as standard. The entry-level trim offers, for example, the panoramic roof as a free option and the rear steering wheels (almost essential to reduce the large turning radius in the city) for €1,600, while the AMG Line top trim, essentially adding design elements, makes this equipment only in its variant whose rotation of the rear wheels reaches 10° instead of 4.5°, but then prevents the choice of 21” rims and above all, imposes a “Premium Package” of €7,000. The panoramic roof, in turn, imposes the €10,560 “Premium Plus Package” in this finish from the AMG Line. The price can therefore skyrocket depending on the preferred version.

in short

After our test of the Mercedes EQE, our journalist-tester lists the strengths of the 100% electric sedan, the second in the Mercedes catalog after the EQS: comfort, interior environment, on-board technology. Not forgetting the “weak points” or at least what could make you think before making the purchase.

Quentin Cazergues

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