Mercedes EQE 350+

Test: 600km on the wheel of a Mercedes EQE 350+ – Challenge

Our tests regularly prove it. Mercedes-Benz’s electric model is one of the most suitable models for long-distance travel considerations. This seems to boost the confidence of the brand that invited us on a road trip aboard the EQE, the latest model between Geneva and Strasbourg via Basel and the Black Forest. Running nearly 600 kilometers on various roads, this distance gave me a good measure of this electric sedan, the sister of the EQS launched a year ago. In fact, the sorority between EQS and EQE can say very little about inbreeding as the two models are very similar at first glance. The two electric sedans from the star brand share the same unibody front and the same slump beltline. A little more new display dimensions are included to respect the hierarchy. EQE with a length of 4.96m remains very long, but returns 26cm to EQS. The wheelbase is 3.12m, which is 9cm smaller than the EQS. It’s huge, and as in the EQS, the low roof guard and the placement of the battery under the floor forces rear-seat passengers to lean back, ensuring generous rear-seat legroom, even if it’s less comfortable than the E-Class. EQE represents a real character. At first glance, the Mercedes EQE has reduced everything in the EQS. As shown between the two S-Class versions, a short wheelbase and a long wheelbase, you can almost find similarities between these two models… but not so fast! Already within the brand, we are convinced that EQS’s customers are not as luxurious as the S-Class limousine. Then it’s worth pointing out some real differences. If confusion is possible regarding the first half of the profile (except for the grille, which reminds me of the Honda Civic 9 from certain angles), doubts arise from the rear. The EQS’ fluid stern incorporates a wide tailgate, while the EQE has a classic trunk and is more prominent. And the narrow entrance makes it less practical. The volume of 430 liters is a bit disappointing for this size. Inside, there are many similarities between the two cars with a dashboard and many identical furnishings. However, only the most powerful version on the French market, the Mercedes-AMG EQE 53 4MATIC+, can have a nice hyperscreen screen that takes up the entire width of the dashboard. In a situation where there is a shortage of semiconductors, it is a method to prevent the delivery period from being too long with equipment that is greedy for electronic chips. But it can also give the EQS a little bit of air that the engine can have anything. Should we complain? If fans of the fancy unit will complain about the look, you should recognize that the more classic C-Class and S-Class-inspired center consoles, especially the wooden inserts in the test copy, are more elegant. The finish is as impeccable as the EQS. What makes the Mercedes EQE stand out from the EQS is ultimately in the tech seats. If the latter provides a large-capacity battery of 107.8 kWh, the EQE 350+ we had in our hands is already at a level that should be satisfied with 90 kWh. However, while EQS announces a range of up to 726km on the WLTP cycle, EQE peaks at 654km… And again, it should be noted that this version will be very short-lived. In a few weeks the EQE 350+ will be replaced by the EQE 350. The difference has to do with the battery. In either case, if the NCM 811 lithium battery is configured, the battery provided by Farasis Energy will be replaced with another one with the following signature: CATL, greater production capacity. Accordingly, the battery capacity is slightly reduced to 89 kWh and the maximum range is 639 km. Autonomy and charging speed on top… A true Benz! In fact, the autonomy is actually lower than the EQS (see the test bench of the Mercedes EQS 450+). Consumption averages 22 kWh/100 km on the highway and 20 kWh/100 km on the road, which is quite similar between the two models, so it should be checked at a typical test base. This gives us hope that we can drive 400km to the right on the freeway and 445km out of the way. This makes the EQE one of the best electric models on the market. Especially like the Mercedes-Benz, the EQS charges quickly. Despite the 170kW maximum output announced in the tech sheet (and we’ve verified), it’s not as striking compared to what you’ll ultimately find in a Porsche or Hyundai. to our measurements. This allows you to drive almost 300 km on the highway. We restore autonomy of 100 km in less than 10 minutes, and the entire tank is completed in less than an hour. Again, EQE is one of the best. Once again, Mercedes-Benz offers the long-distance electric traveler with the EQE. However, the route we followed during this lengthy test allowed us to measure the behavior of this heavy sedan (2,355 kg) in the bends of the Swiss Jura. Inertia is obviously sensitive to registration in turn. First of all, the capacity of the brakes looks very unpleasant. The transition between regenerative and mechanical braking is overly sensitive, sometimes resulting in force feedback on the pedals. It’s even worse when the car turns out to be no fun, but reassuring. It definitely feels more connected to the road than the EQS, thanks to the more informative steering. But the balance is hardly a joke. In particular, the optional 19-inch mount is wider at the rear than at the front, completely eliminating the sedan’s thrust. More comfortable than dynamic. The 292hp output of the synchronous motor with permanent magnets on the rear axle is quite impressive. The technology seat announces acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds. In fact, the EQE 350+ didn’t blow us away with its vigor. Management that emphasizes softness erases the sense of acceleration. Above all, the age drowns in high mass. We don’t struggle to overtake, but expect better results from a car in this rank that showcases these troopers. On the other hand, comfort gives satisfaction. The pilot suspension of the test model erased the irregularities of the road with certain talents without generating parasitic body movements. When it comes to sound insulation, it lives up to Mercedes-Benz’s reputation. That is, it is excellent. After EQS, EQE proves that the EVA2 platform dedicated to Mercedes’ electric models was born. This sedan retains most of its big sisters. However, talking about a declawed product is exaggerated because it displays more prominent characteristics behind the wheel. And if the price is lower (75,000 euros for the EQE 300 and 78,900 euros for the EQE 350), unfortunately it’s still a sign that electricity is still expensive. 62,600 Mercedes EQE 350+ Stable road handling Autonomy/charging speed Amazing comfort Neat soundproofing Inconvenient braking Dull performance Very high price Hyperscreen Autonomy/Versatility 4/5 Comfort 5/5 Road handling 4/5 Performance 2/5 Presentation quality 4/5 Practical aspects3 /5 Price/equipment2/5

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