At the first meeting, we only had the opportunity for a short tour, but even during this time, the EQE was quite recognizable. At almost every point, he is perfectly identical to his older brother, the difference is imperceptible, especially when sitting inside, he receives exactly the same sight and workmanship and quality. The frameless windows are good for the boarding experience, the car feels sporty and airy, although it is not.
We smell the concentrated skin scent inside, which is accompanied by the scent of on-board perfume. Almost under our skin is the feeling that the Mercedes is still very good at achieving a high sense of quality. We did the first test drive with an entry-speed car with a basic instrument panel, but we didn’t feel the savings in this for a moment, in fact. The image of the displays is beautiful, the joints are also, and with a better-choice wooden decorative insert, this combination can be even more homey than with the LED panel display arm.
The seat is comfortable, adjustable quite well, but here too we are too tall for what I would generally say is good. This is especially striking when I adjust the steering wheel as usual, as close to myself as possible and as low as possible. Thus, after adjusting the seat to the lowest point, the entire upper part of the instrument cluster display is obscured by the steering wheel, although I am not tall, 180 centimeters is the average. The handlebars need to be set at least 7-8 inches higher than ideal to see important parts of the display, ergonomically a very weak point in both the EQE and EQS.
When accelerating, a car-like murmur comes from the speakers, I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s bad, the other optional spaceship is alien, but if that bothers you, the sound module can be turned off completely. The EQE glides easily, even on a poor road, stiff and with good suspension – it is almost certain that the people of Stuttgart were not prepared for such bad asphalt, yet the car can cope with the constant vibration. There is wind noise above 100 km / h as if this had not occurred in the EQS.
The 292-horsepower output is healthy at this level, so the EQE starts with plenty of dynamics, so even a twin-engine accelerates healthily above …100, and in Sport mode the gas response is pretty straightforward. So much so that EQE dances in a bend, which doesn’t necessarily come in handy. In a white asphalt rectangular bend, he was able to turn into the other lane without any aggressive throttle, letting the traction control slip for a little long, which wasn’t very lucky.
It turns out ridiculously well with 10-degree rear-wheel steering, not much to deal with when parking or iponsiloning. Braking sensation could be better, you have to get used to the fact that the pedal goes a long way and the car is heavy. The four-piston brakes on the front will also hold the base model, but you might need a little more than that for a car with more than 2.5 tonnes with two people, even if some of the deceleration is handled by the electric motor.
Adaptive regeneration and deceleration are adaptive: if there is a car in front of us, it is stronger, if there is not, the EQE is almost sailing, if it is slowed down in front of it, it is gradually getting stronger, thus slowing down completely. Feeling a good weight in your governance is less synthetic than one would expect, but in EQE, travel is more important than leadership.
It largely pays attention to the driver and is supported by electronics. He drives himself in the lane, keeps his distance, and even changes lanes for direction on the highway. And in the meantime, we can enjoy the fantastically clear hi-fi system and massage, which just didn’t get in the test car, but still activates, sometimes moving the backrest and seat to keep from getting stuck behind the wheel.
During the tests of the test circuit, the consumption rested at 20 kWh / 100 kilometers, neglecting the dynamic driving, it can only go lower, which is definitely a good performance and approaches the factory-achieved values, thus achieving the highest range available.