Louth Motors: ultimate electric and automotive luxury in the Mercedes EQS

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It’s rare to see how the other half lives. But I had a glimpse recently when I was given the key to the new Mercedes EQS, the electric version of the S-Class. It is not, however, an S-Class modified to use batteries and electric motors , Oh no. It’s a luxury car designed to be all-electric from the start that takes all of Mercedes’ automotive expertise and applies it to an electric car.

The S-Class is the car everyone is waiting to see what will be available in our cars in a few years. So while we can only dream now, we reassure ourselves that we’ll have the goodies in a few years. And the wait to get them seems to be getting shorter and shorter.

The EQS experience is the most breathtaking you can have in a car. If you drive it, you wonder why anyone would buy one and sit in the back. Sit in the back and you’d think the opposite and wonder why you’re driving it. Both experiences are divine. The outside world does not interfere in the ESQ and everything is kept out. Wind noise is excluded. Road noise is excluded. Road imperfections simply do not exist. You board and arrive at your destination virtually unaware that you were moving.

I drove the car to and from Borris in Carlow over a good expanse of surfaces and never felt anything but completely relaxed. Took it on the road to the top of Mount Leinster which let’s face it isn’t somewhere you’d expect to find a more comfortable EQS to move the plutocrat around a town or on a highway between them.

But the wonder of this car is that it was equally at home there, offering sublime comfort where one might expect standards to drop a bit. Do not arrive. As you can imagine, I was inundated with short ride requests, and everyone was wowed by the wow factor once inside, and open mouths were the order of the day.

The technological advancements of the EQS are long and too numerous to list but I will give you a glimpse of the future. The augmented reality GPS shows you on the screen the turn to take with direction arrows. There is 4-wheel steering with the rear wheels turning away from the front for low-speed maneuvering. More access under the hood with the windshield water filler which has its own petrol/diesel flap to fill.

Car screens are getting bigger and smarter, but in the EQS they’ve reached what must be the limit with what they call the Hyperscreen.
It is a single screen divided into three parts and dominates the dashboard. An airline pilot probably receives less. It’s just amazing and apart from the Honda-e the driver controls most of the things the driver can do via their own screen.

I was pissed that the power door open/close feature hadn’t been installed on my car after some time trying to figure out if it was just a setting that was disabled. With it, the driver’s doors open as if for you and to close them you press the brakes. Using your hands is so old.

If I bought an EQS I would probably have to spend a whole week learning all the tech features on board and the multiple ways to control it from voice, center display, passenger display and steering wheel .
I don’t suspect Ireland’s housing crisis would be a situation an EQS owner would find themselves in, but if they were living in the boot of the EQS it’s a huge option at 1770 liters with the seats folded rear – the EQS is after all a hatchback.

If I had one little moan about this 0.20 drag coefficient car (which Mercedes says makes it the most aerodynamic car in the world) it’s that the looks aren’t quite as gutsy that I think she could have been. OK, not the output you see on the latest BMWs, but a bit more distinctiveness would have been nice and you should definitely never wonder if this is an EQE (the all-electric version of the E-Class ) or an ESQ .

As well as being the most aerodynamic car, it also has the largest battery of any car at 107.8 kWh, which is good for, you’re set, 758 km. I averaged 19.3kWh/100km, so my range was 558km, all due to my inability to hold myself back and not use the full capacity of the car. This ability is amazing. I have yet to drive a car that has so much available power that is instantly available. Overtaking is so easy in this car.

The car is super composed and capable. It has the feel of a super-luxury big car for passengers who demand comfort, not sport, and the EQS meets that requirement perfectly. If you want a sporty car with steering feel that can detect a pebble on tarmac, then look elsewhere. The word waft can sometimes be interpreted as pejorative when describing the ride of a car, but when we’re talking about top of the line, it’s a must. This is particularly troublesome at low speeds.

It seems like if you have to ask you can’t afford it, but just in case the range starts at €129,965 with my EQS 450+ model with the premium package, that dazzling Hyperscreen and a few extra things weighing a euro of over €168,000 and even at that there are many more options and features than you can spec.

Note, €12,213 is the price of the essential Hyperscreen, barely €3,300 less than the price of a new Dacia Sandero. Let it sink in. And let it sink in. Mercedes has sold 64 EQS models so far this year in addition to 66 S-Class models, with the two models outpacing the B-Class and CLS-Class. It looks like we have quite a few plutocrats living on our blessed island.

The Mercedes S-Class has always, and rightly, been considered the pinnacle of automotive excellence. It still is for petrol or diesel cars.

The EQS now has that distinction for electric cars and dare I say it takes up the torch from the S-Class as the go-to car for luxury and engineering excellence.

Having lived like the other half, it’s hard to go back, so I can only hope that the future available now in the EQS will make its way into our more affordable cars in my not too distant future.

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