Mat Watson from Carwow got his hands on the new Mercedes EQE. International tests took place in Germany. So here was his chance to take the electric sedan to the no-speed-limit sectors of the autobahn.
“I’m not gonna do what Mercedes wants me to do, drive on a certain route”, he warns right from the get-go. He just wants to see what happens to the range figures when he maxes out on the autobahn. He’s got just about one hour and a half before he has to hand over the car. He’s got the EQE 500 4MATICon his hands, with a dual-motor setup, a 90-kWh battery, 408 PS (402 HP) and 850 Nm of torque (630 ft-lb).
First, Mat is lost in… translation from English to English, since he finds it difficult to cancel the initial route set on the navigation. “I was not able to authorize you”, the MBUX slaps him with the reply. Once he considers that the differences between him and the system are reconcilable, he says that the “air suspension is bloody smooth.” That’s how the EQE ends up being as comfortable as its bigger brother, the EQS. It’s surprisingly quiet at high speed, especially do to the design. Not one to win a beauty pageant though.
Sport mode engaged steals away the range at a consumption of 51.4 kWh per 100 kilometers, even though the car rolls with only 100 km/h (62 mph). That leaves enough juice in the battery for only around 175 kilometers (109 miles). The range drops at 100 miles when he presses the accelerator. The speedometer scaled all the way to 240 km/h, the speed limiter stops it at 215.
The Carwow expert tries the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) launch and he ticks it at 4.4 seconds. On his way back to the hotel, he sets the cruise control at 113 km/h (70 mph). the average consumption is of 21.1 kWh/100 km. Thus the Mercedes EQE 500 will cover a distance of 426 km/h (265 miles) on a full charge.