The Mercedes EQS is the most impressive Mercedes EV at the moment because it is designed on a separate EV chassis which comes with many benefits over all the other Mercedes EQ models that are based on their respective ICE counterparts.
One of the standout features of the new EQS is the so-called Mercedes “Hyperscren” which consists out of a large 56-inch panel that covers the entirety of the car’s dashboard. This makes the EQS look and feel like a spaceship while also offering endless amounts of luxury, comfort, and safety features.
Besides being one of the most technologically advanced cars on the planet, the new EQS is also the most aerodynamic EV on sale. All of this means that the EQS holds the record for the longest distance traveled in pure EV mode out of all EVs on sale because it managed to do 441 miles on a single charge.
The EQS is not positioned as a performance car which means that Mercedes is once again focused on setting the benchmark for the large luxury sedan market. The Tesla Model S, the Porsche Taycan, and the Audi e-Tron GT are not as refined even though they are more exciting to both look at and drive.
As previously mentioned, the new EQS sports a large 56-inch dashboard panel that consists out of three large infotainment screens, one for the driver, one for the passenger, and one central unit designed to control most of the car’s functions.
The two 12.3-inch displays are reserved for both the front passengers while the central screen measures at a whopping 17.7-inches. All three of these screens are nicely integrated behind a full glass panel which makes the system seem sophisticated and cohesive at the same time.
Even though it seems easy to design a few screens, that is not the case because this system had to comply with a myriad of different safety standards starting from airbag positioning to impact zones. As such, Mercedes has designed the Hyperscreen to be safe and able to cushion your head in an event of an accident.
This took some serious engineering because the dashboard is lined with glass. The mounts that hold the Hyperscreen in place are designed to withstand blows from every angle in order to ensure that the occupants are never met with any potential safety hazards.
Benefits of the Hyperscreen
As mentioned in the beginning, the Hyperscreen is one of the most talked-about features in the EQS which means that many people are going to consider buying the EQS because of it. As such, it’s only logical to look at the screen in a bit more detail and try to separate the good, the bad, and the ugly.
For starters, the screen looks amazing and there is no way of getting around that. You might be the type of person who loves old-school buttons and switches and that’s okay, yet it’s rather difficult to find a system that can match the Hyperscreen both for coolness and futuristic styling.
The benefit of having three widescreens right in your line of sight is that you can control almost every in-car function through the screen. If you want the navigation to be right in front of you, you can do that. If you want your music to be displayed front and center, you can do it.
If you want to change the appearance of your gauge cluster or you want to declutter your interior from ugly-looking switches, you can do that as well. The levels of customizability the Hyperscreen offers are endless for both the passengers and the driver.
Drawbacks of the Hyperscreen
Even though it does look nice, the Hyperscreen can easily be dismissed by many because it means that almost all the car’s functions can only be controlled directly through the screen. This poses lots of issues because systems such as tend to be far too distracting for many drivers.
Furthermore, if you want to adjust a simple seating position you will have to go through several menus and submenus in order to reach the controls. This was not the case a few years ago when you simply had all the necessary buttons right on your seat.
All of this requires you to take your eyes off the road which can end up catastrophic if you get too carried away. Finally, if the screen for some reason dies you will not be able to control vital car functions which means that this system can potentially you stranded.
How good is the Mercedes EQS?
The Mercedes EQS is the very pinnacle of Mercedes engineering both inside and out because it has more sensors and gadgets than 99% of comparable cars out there. The exterior might not be the most beautiful but it is functional and in line with what Mercedes wants to achieve in the future.
The EQS is the Mercedes flagbearer of the future which means that a lot of R&D went into this car which makes it difficult to conclude that the EQS is a bad car. As such it’s safe to say that the EQS is indeed a really good car and you should consider it if you are interested in buying an EV.
Should I buy the Mercedes EQS?
It depends on your usage scenario, your budget, and what you want from a car. If you tend to drive your car both on longer and shorter journeys, the EQS might be a good option because it excels in almost every regard.
However, even the entry-level model costs around $100,000, and the higher up the model range you go the more money it sips from your bank account.
How fast is the Mercedes EQS?
The top speed of the Mercedes EQS is limited to 130mph because Mercedes deems that that’s the highest you can go without damaging the system or losing too much charge. The top-of-the-line EQS 580 should easily reach 60mph from a standstill in around 4 seconds.
It’s safe to say that the EQS is not nearly as fast as most performance sedan EVs are these days but that’s because Mercedes never intended the EQS to be a performance car. However, Mercedes also says that a full-on performance version is likely to follow soon enough.