Transferring from one car directly to another is always very instructive. You will immediately notice the differences from the biggest ones (design, materials, infotainment and more) to the smallest ones (driving position, view, control solutions, etc.). You will not miss any difference. The same thing happened to me when I returned the EQS SUV and took the keys straight from the EQE SUV – only that what struck me the most were the similarities.

Think of a different paint job and you will have two very similar cars in front of you in terms of design and proportions, which differ primarily in size: The larger EQS SUV is 5,125 mm long, while the smaller EQE SUV is “only” 4,863 mm long. At the same time, thanks to the three-meter wheelbase, the EQE SUV offers more than enough living space, the EQS SUV with a 180 mm longer wheelbase makes the most sense for those who drive their car from the back executive chair or who need a third row of seats.

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The EQE SUV measures almost five meters in length and has a three-meter wheelbase, giving the crew plenty of living space. But the EQS SUV is a little bigger so you can enjoy even more comfort.

Successor to EQC

The first electric Mercedes-Benz EQC lived a short but successful life. It came to the market in 2019, but this year it was replaced by the more advanced EQE SUV. Unlike the EQC, it stands on a completely new, purely electric platform with new powertrain technology that offers higher power (instead of 400 to 625 hp), longer range (thanks to a 20 kWh larger battery pack) and faster charging (instead of 110 up to 170 kW). It is also larger outside (102 mm longer) and inside (157 longer wheelbase, trunk increased by 80 l) and offers more comfort thanks to wider equipment and more extensive digitalization. The EQE SUV is simply a more advanced car in every way.

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The EQC model did not warm up on the market for too long, but it fulfilled its task: It showed that Mercedes can build a really good electric car.

The design of the interiors is also practically the same – and if you now compare the photos of the two cars and tap your forehead, the tested EQE has a basic two-display architecture, while the EQS SUV was equipped with an additional three-display Hyperscreen, which you can also buy for the EQE SUV (although it costs fat 147 thousand same as in EQS SUV).

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Whichever form of display you choose, both run the most modern infotainment MBUX with wide options for online functionality and mobile connectivity. You’ll be looking around the system for a while, but soon you’ll be playing together.

And we can go on like this for a long time – both cars have the same platform, so they offer similar technology (battery pack in the floor and two electric motors, one on each axle) including an army of driving assistants (they brake in an emergency, read signs and monitor your attention, they handle it for you drive on the highway and can park automatically), both can drive over 500 kilometers on a single charge without any problems, both drive similarly easily and drive similarly comfortably (because they have an air suspension) and quietly (like every electric car), and both even have an off-road mode -road, so you don’t have to worry about driving them off the asphalt. So the difference is really only in the few centimeters of length…?

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Compared to the larger EQS SUV, which is mainly focused on the navigational comfort of the crew, the smaller EQE SUV is focused more on the driver.

But where! Just when changing from car to car, it is clear what made the EQS SUV worthy of its flagship status. Its interior is an even more pleasant refuge for soothing the senses – it is better soundproofed, the chassis is noticeably more rocking, and you can decorate the cabin a little more to make it even more fun and enjoyable. These are small differences, but they make a big impression.

In contrast, the smaller EQE SUV is a car with stiffer suspension that you’d rather drive yourself. It throws itself into corners more enthusiastically and pulls you more into the action behind the wheel. After all, that’s why you can also buy the EQE SUV in a sportier AMG version, while the natural characteristics of the EQS SUV will be deepened by the Maybach superluxury design. Thanks to its smaller dimensions and lighter weight, the EQE SUV is also more efficient, so it can get by with a slightly smaller battery, while offering a similar range on a single charge.

So you already know which car is for you? The Mercedes EQE SUV is a great car with a luxurious touch, which will satisfy all enthusiasts of modern technology, make quite a show in front of your business partners and at the same time comfortably transport your family. However, the larger EQS SUV goes a little further in terms of pampering comfort and makes perfect sense if you want the best. And if you can afford it. Your wallet will most likely be the deciding factor…

The Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV costs at least CZK 2,259,070 (EQE 300 SUV with rear-wheel drive and 245 horsepower), the tested version of the EQE 350 4MATIC SUV is priced at CZK 2,417,580. That’s certainly not a little, but compared to the basic version of the EQS SUV for 3.2 million, it’s still a lot…

Specifications
Motor 2× synchronous electric motor
Performance 215 kW (292 hp)
Torque 765 Nm
Transmission permanent reduction gear
Tree all four wheels
Standby weight 2 560 kg
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 6,6 s
Maximal speed 210 km/h
Arrival up to 552 km
Battery capacity 100.0 kWh (usable 90.6 kWh)
Charging AC 22 kW, DC 170 kW
Wheels and tires 265/40 R21
Dimensions (length/width/height) 4 863/1 940/1 685 mm
Wheelbase 3 030 mm
Volume of the luggage compartment 580 l