Saying a silent prayer, I slipped behind the steering wheel and saw more than 100 miles remained as available driving range. Thank God! (Or Daimler.) I whipped it around—the EQS is more than 17 feet long, but can do a U-turn in less space than a Toyota Camry—and forged into traffic.
The EQS has a 485-mile driving range—besting the Tesla Model S’s 412 miles and Porsche Taycan’s sub-300 miles, though a bit short of the 516 miles promised by the $139,000 Lucid Air GT. It’s so exemplary, and the car so capable, that range anxiety was limited to that one brief parking lot panic. It will charge to 80% of capacity in 31 minutes with DC fast charging, which is about the going rate.
What Mercedes is providing is a spacious, powerful, elegant, and advanced saloon that makes its passengers feel comfortable and confident—and also happens to be electric. The EQS is not perfect, but it’s good. Time spent in its confines felt like an escape from the banalities of daily life. After my grocery store run, I took the long way home.