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.
Hyundai’s all-new Ioniq 5 isn’t the first ‘affordable’ EV launched by a mainstream brand and it’s not even Hyundai’s first EV. However, it is one of the most exciting and is the best EV on sale at this price point.
Underpinning the Ioniq 5 is the same Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) as the Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60. It is the first in a long line of all-electric models that Hyundai is developing and borrows its name from the Ioniq liftback that was introduced a few years ago and sold as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and an EV. Don’t let the familiar name fool you, though; the Ioniq 5 is nothing like the original Ioniq, nor is it like any other electric vehicle on sale.
The luxury Mercedes Benz EQS is built on an all-new EV specific platform designed from the ground up to accommodate big batteries and be highly efficient. Alex asks if the EQS is the best EV currently available.
2022 Porsche Taycan GTSMotor Trend »
The Taycan GTS is positioned in both price and power between the 482-hp Taycan 4S and the 616-hp Taycan Turbo. Output is 509 horsepower (boosted to 590 in launch mode) and 626 lb-ft, split between two motors, one at each axle. As with other all-wheel-drive Taycans, the GTS has a two-speed transmission for the rear motor, while the front remains single-speed.
As with the GTS versions of other Porsche models, there are other performance tweaks, including bigger front brakes (with a carbon-ceramic package as an option), Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM, or Porsche-speak for adaptive damping), and height-adjustable air suspension as standard. Rear-axle steering and active anti-roll bars are options, but the racy blacked-out trim is part and parcel of the GTS package.
Arriving for 2023, the second-generation Kia Niro should have more mental stickiness. Modeled after the 2019 “HabaNiro” concept—Get it? Like the pepper but mixed with “Niro?” Such fun!—the new Niro has a similar overall shape to its predecessor, but the details between the bumpers are toughened up with blockier forms and edgier flourishes.
Don’t just call the Niro interesting-looking “for a hybrid.” This is a genuinely compelling small crossover, with angular new headlights, a broad hood, and chunky sculpting around its wheel wells and lower body. There are clear parallels to the HabaNiro concept in the contrast-color panel slicing up each side of the body behind each rear door, and Kia also mined that show car for those V-shaped LED headlight accents and the vertical taillights that frame the rear hatch.