a great electric cruise?

End of procrastination in Stuttgart. After modifying its thermal vehicles to give birth quickly to the first three descendants of its electric family (in chronological order, EQC then EQA and EQB), Mercedes now has a real specific platform, reserved for its high-end models. Called EVA2, it carries the impressive EQS, launched a few months ago for the richest customers, and the most realistic. EQE, battery class counterpart of the E-Class sedan.

The latter retains the basics of a large Baden road car. 4.95 m long, a rear trunk and presence on the road. The front occupies the ebony grille of the Mercedes EQ. It can be set up with stars (optional, at 400 euros), like our test vehicle. Dictated by aerodynamic limitations, the “two and a half” bodywork is a little less efficient than the current world champion Cx EQS.

This particular silhouette, with ultra short overhangs, harms the grip. the the volume of the trunk reaches 430 liters compared to the 530 of a “traditional” E-Class. The trunk is all the less practical as access is restricted because the bezel is far behind. Wouldn’t a back hatch have been justified on this model? In depth, the trunk offers a very minimalist double bottom: the charging cable will not find its place underground. Propulsion requires.

Fortunately, the cabin makes up for this misstep. Rear passengers have one generous breadth in legs and shoulders, even if the top floor or reclining seat bothers the most demanding. For passengers 3 and 4, the EQE is better than the E-Class. In the front seats, the presentation is worthy of Mercedes ’high standards.

Sad moods – there are many in the automotive press – will notice the presence of some hard plastic on storm doors. Digital instrumentation is very readable. TheThe 12.8-inch square center screen responds quickly to your fingers and effectively to your voice, using the “Hey Mercedes” command. The multitude of menus still requires a few minutes of learning. The very good definition of the front and rear cameras facilitates maneuvers in the city.

The comfort contract

Once outside the car park, the driver values ​​it equally the excellent filtering offered by the windows and ornaments. Mercedes always does much better than Tesla when it comes to clearing air or road noise. In terms of comfort, we salute even more the air suspension called “AIRMATIC”. An option at 2,100 euros, essential according to our lower back, which manages to maintain a lot of softness above 50 km / h while slowing down the shooting and body movements. In terms of comfort, the “Grand Touring” contract is well fulfilled.

Theonly electric motor located on the rear axle (the EQE 43 4MATIC will have dual engine and four-wheel drive, from 118,100 euros) here produces the equivalent of 292 hp. The 0 to 100 km / h is completed in 6.4 seconds, but the sensations are not those of a sports car.

The Mercedes pays here for its beautiful mass (2,355 kg), fortunately offset by the rear steering wheels. Optionally, 4.5 ° and even 10 ° can be rotated. With this latest system, the machine turns with singular agility along a winding road. The artificial motion introduced to the steering wheel can be confusing, but the driver quickly enjoys “pushing.” Another advantage of the 10 ° version (you have to go through the premium pack at 7,000 euros and add 1,600 euros!), the turning radius reduced by two meters, allowing maneuvers worthy of an urban car in narrow streets. Useful when you know that the wheelbase of this boat is measured at 3.12 m. But it’s still expensive! Rear wheels that turn 4.5 ° to 1,600 euros are probably enough for use mainly on the road and highway.

Autonomy from 400 to 450 km

Behind the wheel, two blades optimize power consumption. But we will trust with our eyes closed (so to speak) the D-automatic mode. Combined with adaptive cruise control and GPS, it reads signals, analyzes the movements of other vehicles and turns to better adjust cruising speed and braking recovery. Again, it takes a period of adjustment, but the calibration is convincing. No untimely brake jumps during our test.

And since we are talking about discs and tweezers, we were less seduced by the feel of the middle pedal, offering little information and inconsistency. The EQE is savored more over time than in the attack.

Climbing the sedan mounted in Bremen (Germany) a massive 90.6 kWh battery (net capacity), Mercedes promises a range of about 600 kilometers fulfilling the WLTP approval cycle. On real German roads, we measured a consumption of just under 20 kWh / 100 km on a route that mixed a short stretch of Autobahn, winding roads of the Taunus massif and especially tens of kilometers in peri-urban areas. An honorable value given the size and mass of the EQE, assigning a range of 450 kilometers for the sedan. On the freeway, it has just under 400 terminals before reconnecting.

However, be careful: the DC power load is limited to a maximum of 170 kW. Therefore, it will be necessary half an hour of inactivity to go from 10% to 80% of the battery, even on the fastest loaders (Mercedes is also a shareholder in Ionity) and thus recover 300 kilometers of driving. If it does not offer the record range of large diesel road cars equipped with XXL tanks, the EQE is a sedan suitable for long-distance use. Because even with “fuel oil”, a break is essential … for the person behind the wheel.

This “long-range” electric car is almost alone in its niche. In the absence of the Tesla Model S, temporarily unavailable in the French market, we have to look next to the fastest but most expensive Porsche Taycan two-wheel drive to find a competitor. Or agree to revise the habitability downwards to take an interest in the BMW i4 (4.78 m), or even the Tesla Model 3 Long Autonomy (4.69 m). Last choice? An E-Class 220d, sold for 22,000 euros less than this EQE … At the same time, we didn’t really expect the brand with the star to democratize electricity.

Notice

We love :

  • Comfort cushioning
  • Driving smoothness
  • Appreciable autonomy

We like it less:

  • Price after options
  • Limited fast loading
  • Insufficient security

Verdict

Comfortable and endowed with an interesting autonomy, the Mercedes EQE makes you pay dearly for its (real) qualities as a great touring car.

Price and budget

  • Tested model: Mercedes EQE 350+ AMG-Line
  • Proven version: € 83,150
  • From: € 79,300
  • Average consumption of the manufacturer / during the test: 17.7 / 19.5
  • Manufacturer / test autonomy (km): 567/450
  • CO2 (g / km) / bonus: 0/0 €
  • Fiscal power: nc
  • Country of manufacture: Germany

Offer range:

  • Electric, from 292 to 476 hp

Technical file

Motor: permanent magnet synchronous
Transmission: on rear wheels, 1 gear + reverse
Battery: lithium ions
Net capacity (kWh): 90.6
Power (cv): 292
Pair (Nm): 535
Load: from 10 to 100% in 11 kW in 8:15
Fast recharging: 10 to 80% in 32 minutes (peak at 170 kW)
Weight (kg): 2,355
Length. (m): 4.95 x 1.96 x 1.51
Wheelbase (m): 3.12
Maximum speed (km / h): 210
0 to 100 km / h (s): 6.4
Test tires: 255 / 40R20, Pirelli PZero
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Chest of 5 (l): 430
Front / rear elbow width (m): 1.54 / 1.48

Recommended options

Metal painting: € 1,100
Panoramic solar roof: € 1,850
Airmatic suspension: € 2,100
Rear steering wheels (4.5 °): € 1,600
22 kW charger: € 100
Front display: € 1,350

competitors

Porsche Taycan, 408 hp, from € 88,364
BMW i4 eDrive40, 340 hp, from € 59,700

To read at auto-moto.com:

Mercedes C43 AMG: an electrified 4-cylinder for the sports sedan

Mercedes AMG GT 63 SE Performance test: competitive hybrid

Mercedes SL 63 AMG 4MATIC + test: our impressions behind the wheel

Mercedes-AMG EQE: the high-performance electric sedan

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