Beyond the performance and its sumptuous on-board presentation, the Mercedes EQE 43 AMG surprises with an exceptional air suspension from every point of view. Take a seat next to Maxime Fontanier for a hushed and convincing essay.
43 AMG / 53 AMG
The Mercedes EQE is to be seen as an electric version of the E-Class road car. In the 43 AMG version, its dimensions fall within a rectangle of 4.96 x 1.91 m, for a height of 1.49 m.
It will not be offered in France, where a more powerful 53 AMG version will however be available: 350 kW (476 hp) and 858 Nm of torque, compared to 460 kW (625 hp) and 950 Nm. The 2 models share the same lines, chassis, engines, and all-wheel drive.
And the battery? According to the figures available on the Mercedes site, the energy capacity of the lithium-ion pack would be 96.12 kWh with the 43 AMG version, but only 90.56 kWh for its more powerful version.
Which is in contradiction with the information at our disposal, namely an identical endowment of 90.6 kWh usable for both, obtained from 360 pouch cells divided into 10 modules. In which case the 96.12 kWh could simply correspond to the raw capacity.
These two top-of-the-range versions of the EQE are identified by a sportier presentation, with AMG logos on the grille and on the trunk. They receive specific bumpers, Full LED optics, and dark athermal glazing. The machine at our disposal is topped with a large panoramic glass sunroof.
As standard, the Mercedes EQE 43 AMG sits on 20-inch wheels. The example tested receives 21-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels. As an option at 1,700 euros, they are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport EV tires.
Through those at the front of the vehicle, we see the 6-piston brake calipers charged 5,100 euros more. Painted in bronze, they “guarantee short braking distances, precise dosage and maximum endurance, even under extreme stress”, assures Mercedes. The corresponding ventilated and perforated ceramic discs are 440 x 40 mm in size.
Behind the trunk lid hides a 430-litre boot, barred by a 3-part folding bench seat back (40/20/40). If it were not enough, the Mercedes EQE 43 AMG can receive 100 kg on the roof and tow a trailer, braked or not, up to 750 kg.
Too bad: the false bottom available will not allow you to store the charging cables. And don’t count on a frunk under the front hood: there isn’t one.
Thanks to a wheelbase of 3.12 m, legroom is generous for passengers seated in the rear. It is also wide and at head level, with a roof guard that benefits from the panoramic dome.
With an unmarked central service tunnel, a third occupant can sit in the middle of the bench seat. However, due to the presence of a retractable armrest at this location, the position of this traveler will be less comfortable. With the current heat, those on board will undoubtedly appreciate the 4-zone air conditioning.
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The driver’s point of view
The driver and his neighbor will be greeted in the EQE 43 by ” a sumptuous presentation, as always with Mercedes, even if the finish of the E-Class and S-Class thermal models is still a step above the electric models », compare Maxime Fontanier.
The top of the dashboard is foamed, with stitching and customizable mood lighting. In the same way, the appearance of the digital instrumentation screen can be modified. The AMG paw is marked by an aluminum pedal, door sills and specific mats, red seat belts and sport seats.
The latter benefit on the model tested from the Multicontours option at 900 euros which provides maximum electrical adjustments (depth and inclination of the seats, height, lumbar support, etc.), active cushions with inflatable cells in the lower and sides of the backrest, and massage functions. For an additional 950 euros, the seats in the front are air-conditioned.
An amazing steering wheel
Even the Performance steering wheel in nappa leather and Dinamica microfiber is optional (550 euros) on the Mercedes EQE 43 AMG model tested by us. To which is added for 350 euros the heating function of its rim.
Even more than in most other electric cars, the buttons and control wheels are grouped together on the hoop. The bright one on the right allows you to change the driving mode (Individual, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Slippery ground). That on the other side of the hub affects: the settings of the chassis supported by a pneumatic suspension; the sound of the vehicle; ESP anti-skid.
Storage is accessible almost everywhere at the front, in particular at the level of the central armrest and in front of it. Seemingly, nothing lingers. ” The multimedia system screen is very well done “, emphasizes our test journalist. This tablet, compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, is very readable and responsive. This facilitates the use of schedulers like ABRP and that of Chargemap.
At its base, it supports easy-to-change air conditioning settings. The 360 degree view can be activated at any time with a simple button. Those next to it are used, for example, to modify driving aids, charging scenarios, etc. There’s even a fingerprint reader.
It is necessary to press a button ” Start/Stop to start and stop the vehicle. It is a lever on the right, behind the steering wheel, which plays the role of gear selector. The suspensions very well filter the speed bumps which can be approached serenely thanks to an adapted ground clearance.
The latter can be raised if necessary, with memorization. Thus, thanks to the GPS, the specific and temporary adjustment of the body height will be automatically reproduced during the next passages. ” The air suspensions of this Mercedes are simply exceptional “says Maxime Fontanier.
« I tend to prefer Sport mode over Comfort mode. Even in Sport+, the suspensions are a little stiffer but no less comfortable. We will even have less trepidation “, he shares.
Despite its size, the Mercedes EQE 43 AMG parks relatively easily, due to its rear-wheel steering. In addition, the steering appears very light with urban use of the car. Rear central visibility is not excellent with the mirrors, however. Hence the importance of the rear view camera.
Thanks to two paddles behind the steering wheel, the regeneration power can be modified according to 3 levels, without ever going to a complete stop. We can prefer the automatic mode. However, our journalist is not a big fan of the latter: ” It varies the engine brake without warning you and it is sometimes a little unpleasant ».
On a winding road, in Sport+ mode, the Mercedes EQE 43 AMG excels again. With 4.2 seconds between 0 and 100 km/h, the electric sedan is able to glue its passengers to the seats. On the 53 AMG version, this time even drops to 3.5 s.
« You can accelerate full throttle, wheels turned, full throttle. Especially in the dry with the tires we have: they are suckers. In my opinion, they will not last very long, but they are effective “Reports the man with the cap. He once again praises the suspensions by using the expression ” Flying Carpet ».
He specifies, for connoisseurs: We have a Xantia Activa feeling, the car always turns flat, there is no body roll “. The brakes are at the height of performance, very powerful and enduring. The behavior of the vehicle completely makes you forget its weight of more than 2.5 tonnes.
At high speed, the Mercedes EQE 43 AMG delights with its stability and silence. On the autobahn, its top speed will rarely be a problem, including in Germany. It is 210 km/h. It will even be 10 km/h higher on the 53 AMG version.
The car offers true level 2 autonomous driving. It fits perfectly between the two lines of its lane, and its cruise control is precisely adjustable in 1 km/h steps. Maxime Fontanier appreciates that maintaining a distance from the vehicle in front is ” particularly well managed ».
He warns, however, that it is imperative set the driving aids to the lowest level “. Otherwise, the electric sedan can generate sometimes brutal automatic braking.
Consumption and charging
With a majority of fast lanes, and with a high outside temperature, we noted a consumption of 28.2 kWh/100 km. It is also not much lower over the 2,860 km that our test model totals: 27.3 kWh / 100 km, for an average speed of around 48 km / h.
This gluttony reduces autonomy to about 330 km if you want to flirt with the power failure. Depending on the driving and the context, the range will most often be between 300 and 400 km on the Mercedes EQE 43 AMG.
Without displaying the best charging performance, the electric sedan has an interesting power of 170 kW in direct current and its fairly constant curve promotes downtime without extension. About forty minutes are enough to recover 80% of energy.
This car comes standard with an 11 kW AC charger to use the alternating current terminals available on the road. Not enough ? The manufacturer has provided for this by offering an optional 22 kW device.
In its entry-level 300 version, the Mercedes EQE is available from 75,000 euros including all taxes, excluding options.
The check to be signed will be much higher for the 53 AMG offered in France, with a minimum of 124,100 euros, unless you benefit from a discount at the dealership. Also already very well equipped as standard, the 43 AMG, not available in France, starts at 118,100 euros. But that of our test embarks for more than 11,000 euros of options.
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