We did driving Mercedes-Benz EQSand have written about it quite a bit, but this electric sedan is one of those places where the interior gets as much attention as range or performance. Normally, the focus is on the intense Hyperscreen display, but there’s more to the EQS interior than just technology… and it all takes some getting used to.
But, sure, let’s start with the elephant in the car. That display array was a bit intimidating at first. After a week of driving, I was still groping my way through it, wanting to pull over to the curb. There’s a lot going on, especially when you’re making some settings tweaks. Finally, once you’ve configured all the settings and saved to your driver profile (accessed by the biometric fingerprint scanner on the center console), you may not have to many things often. However, it takes time.
That said, it’s all artfully integrated into the interior – which actually acts as a showcase – which feels like it deserves its place in this luxury electric car. Your passengers will likely appreciate having a monitor of their own, as long as they’re not prone to screen-induced motion sickness.
However, if you don’t want Hyperscreen, you don’t need it. Although it comes standard in EQS 580 and and AMG version, it’s a $7,230 option in 450+ which otherwise comes standard with a look and feel like S-Class. We wouldn’t exactly call that a step down.
And of course, the shiny Hyperscreen is complemented by a generous amount of ambient lighting in the interior. This is what we expect Mercedes interior, and it just seems to fit in this futuristic cockpit. When not driving, it’s comforting to just sit inside the EQS and relax for a bit in the bright light before stepping into a grocery store with bright lights or the hum of children and pets waiting. wait behind your front door.
Also, look at the “Natural walnut yacht-style design with aluminum trim” on the upper center console ($1,515 option). It also appears on the door rails, but it would be nice to see it more in the cabin.
The seats, upholstered in high-quality perforated MBTex faux leather with support, succeed in their mission to be comfortable and luxurious. Heating and ventilation are standard. Ours also has an optional massage function (in this Premium version – standard on higher versions), which is a bit impressive indeed, but can help provide lasting comfort on a long trip.
However, the little things on the pillow on the headrest were annoying. They always feel unnatural to touch the back of my head. Amazing, even, when you lean back after forgetting their presence. They’re easy to adjust quickly without fiddling with any belts or buttons – they simply slide up and down – but they also fall out of place easily. A strong tug of some Velcro can remove them completely.
Another thing that’s been troubling us all week are the controls for the “Panorama” roof (two panels, actually) with the tilting/sliding front panel. The roof and sunshades are controlled by a single bar that acts as a slider and button. I can never make it do what I want. Try to open the curtain? Everything will tilt open and vice versa. After many frustrating attempts to get its hanger, I just stopped using it, to the chagrin of my young passenger in the back.
Moving to the rear seats, passengers can be comfortable, as long as they are not too tall. Ours didn’t, so the sloping roofline wasn’t an issue, even with a high back booster seat installed. The rear seats are not heated or ventilated unless you use the top Pinnacle trim. However, despite their simplicity, they are quite luxurious, especially if you consider legroom as a luxury.
As for the storage part, there is a bit. That trunk space is huge and flexible as James Riswick observed when he did a road trip in EQS 580. At the front, the center console is spacious and there’s an open storage space underneath the console bridge. The cup holder space is very flexible, with the ability to completely remove the cup holder for more storage. You’ll also notice USB-C ports in the storage bins, as well as in a small pop-out window behind the center console for rear-seat passengers.
One final thought: the sound experience inside the EQS is amazing. However, the car was eerily quiet as it glided down the road. You feel safe, secure and serene inside this luxurious EV. What’s more, the standard Burmester surround sound system in 450+ is a treat for the ears, whether you’re listening intently to an audiobook, opera or your favorite rap album. The sound is crisp and enveloping. Just another reason to linger in the driveway before heading back to your front door.