A guide to buying a 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE

For 2023, Mercedes-Benz’s all-electric EQ family will grow with the EQE. The new electric version of the bread and butter E-Class is a pivotal vehicle for Mercedes-Benz, and they do everything. The EQE is a smaller-scale version of the EQS in the same way that the standard E-Class is a smaller version of the S-Class. The EQE features many of the same revolutionary features as the EQS, plus its enigmatic, even controversial design language. The EQE looks like a premium sedan from the next decade with a greater focus on the driver. Now that the Model S is moving upmarket, the EQE essentially shares that price range with the Polestar 2 and higher-level Tesla Model 3s. Potential buyers will find the EQE more impressive in almost every aspect.


Note: While we await official word from consumers on the upcoming EQE, HotCars’ “Costs, Facts and Figures” rating defaults to 1 out of 10. Once we start learning what owners think of this upcoming vehicle, we’ll be sure to update the score to reflect what drivers think.

Main characteristics
  • MBUX hyperscreen available
  • Augmented reality head-up display
  • Level 3 hands-free driving available
Features
  • Model: EQA
  • Engine/Motor: Single or double PMS electric motors
  • Powerful : 280-402
  • Couple : 391-633 LB-FT
  • Transmission: RWD/AWD
  • Transmission: Single speed direct drive
  • Interval: 352-406 miles (WTLP)
Advantages
  • Competitive range
  • Over-the-air updates
  • Biometric key
The inconvenients
  • Small chest
  • Restricted rear headroom

Various powertrains

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE launches with two different powertrains that target two different groups of E-Class buyers. The base variant is the EQE 350+, the plus denotes the long range, and we’re expecting a small battery variant next year. The 350+ uses a single motor in the rear under the trunk floor, producing 280 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the 500 ups the horsepower to 402 horsepower and 633 lb-ft of torque. An AMG variant is in the works for a mid-2023 release.


All EQE variants are launched with a 90.6 kWh battery that Mercedes-Benz produces in-house in Hedelfingen, Germany. The factory is carbon neutral and runs entirely on renewable energy. At the same time, the batteries now contain a trace amount of cobalt, as Mercedes-Benz strives to completely eliminate the precious metals from the paste. Mercedes-Benz is also committed to using ethical sources of lithium with minimal environmental impacts, although they plan to produce lithium synthetically in the near future. Range at launch for the EQE is 406 miles in the efficiency-focused 350+ and 352 miles in the 500. Both of those numbers come from the European WTLP rating cycle. The tougher EPA numbers will likely come with around 5-10% less certification, as they also factor in worst-case scenarios like freezing temperatures and high speeds. The EPA numbers are due out this fall when the EQE begins shipping.


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Capital E for electrical performance

Despite a change from the traditional straight-six, the EQE still delivers the confidence, performance and handling that inspires the E-Class. The base EQE 350+ accelerates to 60 in 5.6 seconds and peaks at 130 mph. While that’s more than acceptable for most standard E-Class drivers, those looking for performance can opt for the 500, which hits 60 in just 4.5 seconds. Although fast, it still falls short of the performance of the Model 3, but it’s not just 0-60 times. The EQE tops every other EV in the segment with the best suspension and handling money can buy. The EQE combines adjustable air suspension and adaptive dampers that create the most adjustable ride in the industry. For performance scenarios, the suspension is stiff with little body roll, while on the highway the air suspension soaks up every bump, turning the EQE into a chamber of isolation. Passive rear-wheel steering keeps the turning radius tight and parallel parking is a breeze at low speeds.


When it’s time to charge the EQE, the navigation can quickly find a charging station and tell you whether it’s in use or not. On your way, the battery will condition itself to accept up to 200 kWh of charging power. An 80% charge occurs in less than 30 minutes. Although the built-in EV-centric navigation means you’ll rarely charge that long on trips, the system does around 200 miles for quick 10-minute stops that only require 40-80 per cent charges. Mercedes-Benz also includes a fast home charger with purchase.

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Breathtaking cabin and technology

The interior of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE is as stunning as the exterior. Although it looks like a concept car, it is actually a production vehicle. Buyers will first notice the 64-color ambient lighting that even traces along the seats and elevates the futuristic design language. The EQE is the only car with standard seat heating and ventilation in this class. The fast heated seats can also provide a hot stone massage after a tiring day. A beautiful three-spoke steering wheel features capacitive touch controls for the driver display and a massive infotainment screen. It also features controls for level three autonomous driving. On highways and freeways, the EQE operates completely hands-free, even when changing lanes and overtaking to maintain a preset speed.


A rectangular screen in front of the driver shows range, energy consumption, speed and stunning 4k graphics for navigation and media. A head-up display projects guidance arrows onto the windshield above the road ahead to display navigation instructions. The centerpiece is the optional Hyper Display configuration, which features a massive 12.8″ OLED display along with an additional optional passenger display. While the standard portrait display is extra large, the Hyper screen is excellent for watching Netflix or Youtube while charging.

The MBUX is top notch with automatic software updates and 5G connectivity. It’s one of the few lag-free systems and it’s as responsive as even the best smartphone. The center console includes cupholders and wireless charging. Overhead, an opening panoramic sunroof is a welcome feature. The rear seat is sparse with USB-C connectors and a standard armrest with cupholders. Headroom is restricted for all six feet thanks to the EQS’ sloping roofline. The tailgate is also tight, with 15 cubic feet of space. Unfortunately like its big brother, there is no front trunk.


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High-end but competitive price

Although surprisingly aligned with the E-Class, the family prices are decidedly premium, as you’d expect from a brand like Mercedes-Benz. The base 350+ will start at around $68,000 and go up to around $80,000 for a higher-end variant. For the price, consumers get excellent Mercedes-Benz build quality, technology that outperforms the electric and combustion competition, and the thrill of being among the first to step into the future with Mercedes-Benz. . Deliveries of the 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE begin this fall, but new orders will likely ship in the first quarter of 2023.

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