2023 Mercedes-EQ EQS SUV Review: A Taller, Better Take on the EQS Sedan
The verdict: The EQS SUV solves a few of the EQS Sedan’s foibles, providing a stunning new entry into the electric luxury crossover field.
Versus the competition: The EQS is far more opulent and sophisticated than anything by Tesla, but its mission of elegance and silent transportation is the EQS SUV’s goal, not athleticism like a Model X.
About a year ago, we got our first spin behind the wheel of Mercedes-Benz’s all-new electric flagship, the 2022 Mercedes-EQ EQS Sedan. It was Mercedes’ first real foray into a next-generation electric car, rode on an all-new platform and pointed the way forward for a company that had for decades been known for its innovation, exceptional luxury and amazing performance. When the EQS Sedan arrived, however, we were equal parts stunned at what the company had accomplished (incredible driving dynamics, surprising range, truly eye-popping display technology) and disappointed at where they’d fallen short (odd vehicle interior packaging, terrible driving position, distracting technology). We wondered at the time if the upcoming SUV version might cure a few of the foibles that had plagued the EQS Sedan.
Now we know. We’ve just had a lengthy spin behind the leather-wrapped wheel of the new 2023 Mercedes-EQ EQS SUV, and while some of the issues have indeed been addressed, many still remain.