In an era where modern vehicles are increasingly adorned with screens, the Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 takes the concept to an entirely new level. Up front, it boasts a colossal 56-inch Hyperscreen that dominates the dashboard, a statement of the brand’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of in-car technology. Mercedes has now gone a step further, adding additional screens to the rear, enhancing the overall passenger experience. It has even included a small touchscreen tablet to facilitate control over these screens and various comfort features. One can’t help but wonder if this proliferation of screens aims to prepare passengers for a future where driving is less than in-car content consumption. Let’s see what it has to offer beyond the screens, though.
This luxury EV resembles a futuristic spacecraft, boasting a sleek and almost perfectly curved form. Mercedes drew inspiration from a bow, resulting in a vehicle that slices through the air with unmatched efficiency. The EQS 580 sets a new standard with its astonishingly low coefficient of drag (Cd) of just 0.20, making it one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars globally. Mercedes’ EQ line of vehicles adheres to the design philosophy led by Gorden Wagener, the Chief Design Officer. Wagener’s approach focuses on minimalism, which involves eliminating harsh or bold lines from the car’s silhouette to enhance its aerodynamic efficiency. While this shape may not appeal to everyone, it undeniably fits the EV aesthetic and sets these cars apart in the automotive landscape.
To further enhance aerodynamic efficiency, the bonnet remains sealed and can only be accessed at authorized Mercedes-Benz service centres; I’m not sure how sensible this is, to be honest. Notably, the all-LED headlamps with Digital Light technology are a highlight, illuminating the road with precision and adaptability, creating a unique visual spectacle during night-time drives.
Inside the EQS, a blend of elegant design and a vibrant ambiance complements the vehicle’s exterior appeal. The EQS 580 stands out primarily for its innovative MBUX Hyperscreen, a game-changer by Mercedes. Infotainment touchscreens on car dashboards are getting larger, with Tesla models sporting some of the most extensive ones. However, the Hyperscreen breaks the mould, creating an illusion of transforming the entire dashboard into one vast touchscreen, playing a delightful optical trick.
The Hyperscreen combines three distinct displays, featuring a 12.3-inch diagonal driver’s display screen, a 17.7-inch centre display screen, and another 12.3-inch screen for the front passenger. These screens collectively span 42.3 inches, leaving the rest of the area encased in sleek black glass. Speaking of glass, it’s interesting to note that the Hyperscreen for Mercedes is crafted by the same manufacturer responsible for the glass screens on iPhones.
While charging up the EQS 580, I stumbled upon a cool feature — the built-in internet browser on the Hyperscreen. Curiosity led me to load up our Motoring World website, and to my surprise, I was able to browse the entire website right on the dashboard. It was a unique and engaging experience that left me wondering why more people aren’t talking about this feature. Being able to surf the web while your vehicle charges is a convenience that could redefine how we use our time during pit stops. It’s an innovation that adds extra value to the EQS 580’s already impressive package.
The EQS 580 I was test-driving came fully equipped with a rearseat entertainment package and a host of other luxurious amenities expected from Mercedes. Passengers in the rear are in for a treat, enjoying features like massage and ventilated seats, ideal while being chauffeured around. The idea of the EQS as an electric counterpart to the S-Class falls a little short, however; I believe that Mercedes missed an opportunity here. It could have seamlessly integrated the luxurious rear seats from the S-Class into the EQS, providing a more fitting solution. This decision would have elevated the EQS to an even higher standard of comfort and opulence.
The EQS 580 impresses with its electric motors that deliver exhilarating performance. With a total output of 516 bhp and 87.19 kgm of torque from the dual motors, it accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in just 4.3 seconds. What truly sets the EQS 580 apart is its remarkable efficiency, though, with a range of 857 km per ARAI and 677 km per WLTP. Not only does it feature a substantial battery, but it’s also the world’s most aerodynamically efficient production car. Driving the EQS 580 is an addictive experience, with instant acceleration that never gets boring.
In the real world, the EQS 580 showcases an impressive range, addressing one of the primary concerns for EV owners. While many electric vehicles boast high-range estimates, they often fall short in real-world conditions. However, the EQS 580 lives up to its claim, providing a substantial driving range. During our test, we were able to cover a significant distance (mention the distance here) on a single charge, making it suitable for long journeys without frequent charging stops.
Charging the EQS 580 proved to be a fairly efficient process. With the right equipment, it can charge quickly (mention how long), minimising downtime on long trips. The availability of fast-charging infrastructure is essential for maximizing the EQS’s convenience, though. Overall, the real-world range and charging times of the EQS 580 make it a practical and convenient option for daily use and extended journeys.
The EQS 580 showcases its S-Class heritage with an outstanding ride and handling experience. Its adjustable dampers and air suspension provide a smooth and pleasant ride, easily absorbing imperfections in the road. It feels surprisingly agile for its size and weight, with excellent chassis control and crisp steering.
It does a great job of keeping things quiet, which makes it a calm and pleasant place to be. The EQS displays remarkable sensitivity and manoeuvrability at low speeds, despite its length, primarily attributable to the rear-axle steering system, which offers a substantial 10-degree steering angle adjustment.
The EQS 580, priced at ₹ 1.55 crore, faces formidable competition from the Audi e-tron GT and Porsche Taycan. Its standout feature, the Hyperscreen, is a remarkable technological achievement, complemented by impressive range and performance. Safety is a top priority, with active lane departure assistance, active steering assist, and a comprehensive airbag system. The EQS 580 effortlessly combines a sense of luxury and environmental responsibility, offering both elegance and comfort, as expected from Mercedes-Benz. Its well-rounded appeal is likely to attract traditional luxury sedan enthusiasts.