Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/24/23 11:17 a.m.

Want a mid-size electric SUV, but insist it carries a Mercedes badge rather than one from an American or Japanese marque? Look no further than the Mercedes EQE SUV.

We spent Monterey Car Week in a 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE 500 4MATIC SUV, the line’s top option before getting into six-figure price tags and AMG badges.

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J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
8/24/23 2:59 p.m.

I got to experience this car a bit last week, too. I'll add that it does make for a nice discotheque with all the mood lighting. It can be distracting while driving, though, especially at night.

Sport mode tightens up the steering nicely, but I did not notice much of a difference in how the car rode. It still wallowed quite a bit in the rear.

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/24/23 3:45 p.m.

Surprising and disappointing, but I love it that we live in an era when we can say "402 horsepower is good but not exceptional" laugh


J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
8/24/23 4:13 p.m.

In reply to Kreb (Forum Supporter) :

It's a wild era indeed. IMO: The car didn't feel underpowered for the street by any means, but, yes, there are other options out there with even more power.

Duke MegaDork
8/24/23 6:38 p.m.

The new Accord Crosstour is here.  Or maybe the Pilot.


Nicole Suddard
Nicole Suddard GRM+ Memberand Marketing Coordinator
8/24/23 10:24 p.m.

I also got to drive it briefly and was a passenger in it a handful of times, and my general impression was that it was trying very hard but whiffing it on the "quiet comfort" and luxury points. While the packaging was dazzling at first in terms of aesthetics, that novelty did not translate to lasting charm. It just wasn't an especially comfortable space to be in, and considering the price tag of the EQE, I don't think I'm wrong to have expected better.

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