2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV: Bigger, Bolder, Wow!

If you have more than $100,000 US lying around and really want to be on the cutting edge of luxury electric vehicles, the brand-new 2023 Mercedes Benz EQS SUV will put you right at the height of fashion, coolness and a few other nosebleed corners of style in the automotive world.

Last year, Mercedes introduced the all-electric EQS as a sedan – a large, commanding limo of sorts – and it was an immediate hit with both car reviewers and car buyers.  The EQS could do practically everything, including open your doors for you. 

This year, Mercedes introduces the SUV-version of the EQS, and IMHO it is even more impressive to drive than the sedan from 2022. Sure, it’s not the rolling living room of a big star like the sedan; this year’s SUV is a tad bit more practical. 

Power-wise, the electric motor will put out 355 horsepower and 419 pound-feet of torque, which is truly impressive for an electric vehicle. You’ll be able to feel all the power and speed once you let it rip on the highway.

The dashboard is truly door-to-door entertainment.  Everything you need and want to see is displayed on a truly impressive screen (almost 13 inches) that really can keep you entertained – so be careful. But it’s all the wraparound glossy visuals that really make the EQS SUV a spaceship of the future. There are even cute brief cartoons every time you want to do something new.

(You’ll want to learn how to say ‘Hey Mercedes’ when you want to change music or temperature; giving dashboard / navigation commands through your fingers gets a little tricky with this spaceship.)

Every imaginable high-tech safety feature comes standard. The EQS almost drives itself, but more importantly, it can literally jump in and assist you should things start going wrong while on the road. My favorite safety feature is the surround-view camera system, which can show your position from many different angles, all at once. Priceless.

 The driving range is still just ‘average’ at 300 miles. While that may be sufficient for a week’s worth of driving, those miles can breeze by rather quickly.  Remember to charge – and charge often.

There is a third row of seats, believe it or not, but for us Bears, those should probably be kept down.  A quick look tells me that even skinny Otters would have a hard time maneuvering back there. Fold the third row flat and you will have over 74 cubic inches of cargo room, perfect for even the biggest of pic-a-nic baskets!

So, if you are truly in the market for a luxury SUV that’s easier on the environment, then the EQS just might be for you!