2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC Review – Making the EV Future Look Good

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Fast Facts

2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 4MATIC Fast Facts

Motor
Dual Permanently Synchronous Electric Motor with 385 kW Output (516 horsepower, 631 lb-ft of torque)
Transmission/Drive Layout
Single-stage automatic, all-wheel drive
Fuel Economy, MPGe
92 city / 99 highway / 95 combined (EPA Rating)
Fuel Economy, Le/100km
2.6 city / 2.4 highway / 2.5 combined (NRCan Rating)
Base Price
$125,900 (U.S.) / $158,500 (Canada)
As-Tested Price
$140,800 (U.S.) / $183,600 (Canada)
Prices include $1,050 destination charge in the United States and N/A for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, because of cross-border equipment differences, can’t be directly compared.

Leave to a luxury car that’s priced beyond the reach of most of us to provide the EV future we want.

Enough range to avoid sweating, a smooth ride, an actually well-designed screen-intensive interior, and just enough fun-to-drive factor to keep you amused.


The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan has few flaws – but then again, you get what you pay for. And for this car, you’ll pay a lot.

You’ll also get a lot. For starters, you’ll get dual electric motors, one at each axle, combing for a total of 516 horsepower and 631 lb-ft of torque. This also means you have all-wheel drive, of course.

The EQS is hefty at a curb weight of 5,888 pounds, so that torque is asked to do a lot, but there’s still a smooth swiftness to it. Passing and merging is a breeze, and like with most EVs, all that torque is readily available from a standing start. This is no insane drag car, thanks to all that weight, but that’s not the mission. I rarely delved deep into the accelerator to summon all that twist – but it was there when I needed it.

Microsoft Word’s thesaurus is going to get a workout as I look for synonyms for smooth – that word seems to encompass the entire EQS driving experience. Smooth acceleration, smooth ride, smooth handling. The controls operate smoothly.

I wouldn’t push this car hard in a corner too often, but it’s capable of basic competence when hustled. Mercedes offers better-handling cars, but the EQS is good enough to satisfy. Rear axle steering of up to 10 percent is part of the setup.

I keep coming back to its ride, though. Buttery without being soft, velvety without being overly cushy. Built for road trips and easy commuting. Credit goes to the air suspension with adaptive damping.

Inside, the dash is screen heavy, but despite all the issues we all have with screens – concerns about the cost of out-of-warranty repair, fingerprints dirtying them up, too much distracting menu diving – MB makes it work well enough that you forget about those concerns. It’s not perfect – a few functions do require a bit too much fiddling – but it’s one of the better screen-only setups I’ve used. The bar is low, though, to be sure.

It doesn’t hurt that the haptic-touch buttons on the steering wheel also work well – which is never a given with these systems. A certain other German automaker could learn from how MB does it.

Even the MBUX infotainment system’s voice commands seem to work without being too fussy. There is still some lag and some failed attempts, but it’s better than most other competing systems. Again, it’s a low bar, but MB clears it. At the very least, it all works well enough that it doesn’t frustrate and rarely annoys.

As befits a six-figure luxury sedan that comes without the noise of an internal-combustion engine, the EQS is whisper-quiet. Road and tire noise is well filtered, too. Quiet and comfort are selling points here – not only does this car offer up silent transport, but the seats are friendly to one’s back. Headroom and legroom are plentiful upfront and rear-seat comfort is good, too.

What really stuck out to me, though, was the range. The claimed range is 340 miles, I got my tester with about 320 miles remaining. That was plenty for a trip to my parents' house and then Wisconsin and back. Even with traffic jams, I didn’t have to sweat being stranded, though I did charge for a few hours on my final day with the car just so it could get back to where it came from.

There’s a 9.6 kW onboard charger for the lithium-ion battery. Mercedes-Benz claims a 240-volt charge time of a little over 11 hours from 10 percent to 100 percent, and a DC fast charge time of 31 minutes from 10 to 80 percent. You can use up to 200 kW for fast charging. You can use steering-wheel paddles to adjust the regenerative braking.

For the base price of $125,900, the features list includes the MBUX infotainment system with EV-specific routing options, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, navigation, Burmester audio, ambient lighting, heated and cooled front seats, LED headlamps, and a panoramic sunroof.

Active-driving assist systems include active distance assist with active steering assist, active blind-spot assist, active lane-keeping assist, adaptive assist, and active parking assist with a surround-view system.

Options on my test unit included 21-inch wheels, laminated glass, a rear-seat package that included massaging rear seats and wireless device charging, an AMG interior appearance package that included a flat-bottom steering wheel, and another comfort package that included heated and cooled rear seats, massaging front seats, and four-zone climate control.

Someday, perhaps someday soon, 300 miles of range for an EV won’t be a big deal. Someday, perhaps someday soon, screen-heavy displays will work better than they do now and won’t make us miss knobs and buttons. Until then, however, if you have the scratch, Mercedes has a large sedan with your name on it.

What’s New for 2022

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS is all new.

Who Should Buy It

The EV buyer with lots of cash and a need for lots of range; those who want a flagship luxury sedan experience.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Bd2 Bd2 on May 25, 2023

    Probably the most positive review of the EQS seen to date.


    Most of the automotive press have been lukewarm on the EQS and EQE.

  • Cprescott Cprescott on Oct 16, 2023

    If that is the look and price of the future, give me a 1950's Nash so at least it will last another 70 years.

  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X The push for EV's is part of the increase in our premiums. Any damage near the battery pack and the car is a total loss.
  • Geozinger Up until recently this was on my short list of cars to replace my old car. However, it didn't pass the "knee test" with my wife as her bad knee makes it difficult for her to get in and out of a sedan. I saw a number of videos about the car and it seems like the real deal as a sporting sedan. In addition I like the low price, too, but it was bad luck/timing that we didn't get to pull the trigger on this one.
  • ToolGuy I agree with everyone here. Of course there are exceptions to what I just said, don't take everything so literally. The important thing is that I weighed in with my opinion, which is helping to move things forward. I believe we can all agree that I make an important contribution (some will differ, that is their prerogative). A stitch in time saves nine. Life isn't fair, you know. I have more to say but will continue at our next meeting. You can count on that, for I am a man of my word. We will make it happen. There might be challenges. I mean, it is what it is. This too shall pass. All we can do is all we can do. These meetings are never really long enough for me to completely express all the greatness within me, are they? Let's meet to discuss. All in a day's work. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day. At the end of the day, I must say I agree with you. I think you will agree. When all is said and done, there is more said than done. But of course that is just one man's opinion. You are free to disagree. As I like to say...(I am working on my middle management skills -- how am I doing?)
  • Golden2husky Have to say he did an excellent job on the C7, especially considering the limited budget he was given. I am very happy with my purchase.
  • Marty The problem isn't range; it's lack of electricity in multi-unit building parking. All you need is level 1 - a standard 120v wall socket - and if you're plugged in 10 hours overnight you get 280 miles per week or more. That's enough for most folks but you can use public charging to supplement when needed. Installing conduit circuits and outlets is simple and cheap; no charge stations needed.
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