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Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV review

£90,505 - £121,705
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Published: 30 Nov 2023
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Buying

What should I be paying?

The EQE SUV line-up starts at £90,560 for the (not very) base-spec AMG Line with the 350 powertrain. One up Premium adds just shy of £9k, and upgrading to the 500 is another £9.5k on top of that. 

The top-spec Premium Plus and Business Class models cost the same: £112k for the 350 and £122k for the 500. Punchy. There’s also an AMG version, but quite why you’d bother with it is anyone’s guess.

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How does it compare to rivals?

The EQE SUV’s most direct rivals are the Audi Q8 e-tron and BMW iX, and perhaps the Tesla Model X and Lotus Eletre. You could include the Jaguar I-Pace too, but that's a league below on price terms.

Like for like, the Merc is more expensive than its main competitors, though you'll forever be trading off range, performance and kit if you juggle them all on their online configurators.

What are the equipment levels like?

The entry-level AMG Line gets a solid kit list as standard – no Hyperscreen here, but you do get a decent sized 12.8-inch infotainment display. This car comes on 20in wheels for a more comfortable ride (sadly we don't get the 19s available in Germany), as well as LED lights all round, a powered tailgate, keyless go, fancy sound system and three-zone climate control.

The AMG Line Premium Plus upgrades to 21in wheels, a panoramic sunroof, even fancier sound system and integrated dashcam. The Premium Plus car kicks things up a notch with 22in wheels, rear steering, extra sound insulation, high-tech MBUX software, head-up display and the gigantic Hyperscreen set-up. The Business Class EQE SUV is essentially on par with the Premium Plus model, but gets swankier seats (including what Mercedes calls 'luxury head restraints') and the smaller 21s.

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What's the best spec?

We reckon you want the entry-level 350 in AMG Line trim, because it offers you the most range (334 miles), more than enough performance, and plenty of kit as standard. As you’d expect, considering the £90k you’re being asked to fork out.

Of course, if you want the giant Hyperscreen, you’ll need to step up to Premium Plus or Business Class spec, but suffer a range, comfort and noise penalty for your troubles. It ain't worth it.

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