Mercedes has the momentum. In the past two years, the brand has introduced an impressive number of electric models: the EQA, EQB, EQS, EQS SUV and this EQE. You have to put the latter next to the EQS to see the differences. The design of both is dictated by the wind tunnel, so the similarities are many. According to Mercedes, the EQS is the sleekest production car in the world, with a cW value of 0.20. The Mercedes EQE is slightly above that.
Particularly due to its arched roofline, the EQE seems a lot more compact than it actually is. When you see it, you think you are dealing with a sedan in the BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-class segment. You only see its size when you park the EQE between other cars. It is close to 5 meters long and 2 meters wide. A battery with a usable capacity of 90.6 kWh is located under the floor of the passenger compartment between the front and rear axles.
For the time being, the EQE is available in two versions. At the top of the delivery program is the 'sporty' Mercedes-AMG EQE 43 4Matic: with four-wheel drive, an output of 476 hp and 858 Nm of torque. We drove the Mercedes EQE 350+, which only has an electric motor on the rear axle. The model is 292 hp strong, has a torque of 565 Nm and sprints to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds. The version we had available, the Launch Edition - Luxury Line, will come in theory 594 kilometer ver.
The official consumption of 'our' EQE is 17.8 kWh/100 km. If you calculate the range based on that (battery capacity divided by consumption x 100), you will not arrive at 594 kilometers. That is a quirk of the WLTP measurement method. Anyway, on a sunny, but windy spring day, we went out in the EQE. The outside temperature was 14 degrees, because of the May holiday there was hardly anyone on the road.
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So we could drive more than 80 kilometers at a constant 100 km/h on the active cruise control without annoying fellow road users. We made a big circle and came back to our starting point. This is to keep the influence of height differences and wind as small as possible. And what was our surprise? Under ideal conditions, the Mercedes EQE simply scores better than what the factory states. We arrived at a consumption of 17.7 kWh/100 km, which gives you a range of 511 kilometerfetches.
Mind you, we were on the highway alone and so we didn't have to brake and accelerate for 80 kilometers. You will of course almost never succeed in daily practice. Still, the EQE is the first electric car in our test to achieve its WLTP consumption. Its great friend, the EQS, has also been doing so well. With that we were almost at the specified consumption: 20.0 kWh compared to 19.1 kWh/100 km.
At 130 km/h, the EQS unfortunately went wrong. Its elephant weight of just under 2500 kilograms may be responsible for the high consumption of 29.7 kWh/100 km. In that sense, the Mercedes EQE (weight: 2250 kilos) surprises us again, because at 130 km/h it only drew 22.1 kWh per 100 km from its 90.6 kWh battery. If we enter that into our calculator app, we arrive at an excellent range of 409 kilometer† Again, in an almost ideal situation: in the evening on an empty highway during the May holidays.
The new Mercedes EQE is a fantastic electric premium sedan, but more on that later, in our first review. First we will talk about its range in practice. And it seems to be more than excellent. Count on a higher consumption in daily practice than we managed to get on the counter, but even then the EQE 350+ seems to be a plug-in car that handles the available power efficiently.
Possible competition will be the EQE of the Audi E-Tron GT and Porsche Taycan. They're different cars - more sports cars than business sedans - but they are roughly in the same price range. Both underperformed the EQE in our tests, with consumption exceeding 20 kWh/100 km at 100 km/h and between 24 and 29 kWh/100 km at 130 km/h. However, the Audi and Porsche can charge faster than the EQE, with a power of 270 kW compared to 'only' 170 kW.
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