We’ve driven the Mercedes-Benz EQS and written extensively about it, but this electric hatchback is where the interior gets as much attention as range or performance. Usually the focus is on the intense Hyperscreen, but there’s more inside EQS than just the tech… and it all takes some getting used to.
But, of course, let’s start with the elephant in the car. This range of screens is a little intimidating at first. After a week of driving, I was still trying to find my way, wanting to stop the car to make my way. There’s a lot going on, especially when you need to make some tuning adjustments. Eventually, once you’ve configured and saved all your settings in your driver profile (which is accessible with a biometric fingerprint scanner on the center console), you may have a lot less to deal with on a regular basis. It takes time, however.
That said, everything is cleverly integrated into the interior – effectively serving as a showpiece – making it feel like it deserves its place in this luxurious EV. Your passenger will probably appreciate having their own screen, as long as they aren’t prone to screen-induced motion sickness.
If you don’t want the Hyperscreen, however, you don’t have to have it. Although it comes standard in the EQS 580 and AMG trims, it’s a $7,230 option in the 450+ that otherwise comes standard with the same interface as the S-Class. wouldn’t exactly call that a step backwards.
And of course the glossy Hyperscreen is complemented by a generous amount of interior ambient lighting. It’s something we’ve come to expect from Mercedes interiors, and it only seems to suit this futuristic cockpit. When you’re not driving, it’s nice to sit inside the EQS and relax a bit in the glow before entering that brightly lit grocery store or the cacophony of children and animals. waiting behind your front door.
Also check out that “Natural Grain Yacht Design Brown Walnut with Aluminum Lines” on the center console above (a $1,515 option). It also appears on the door armrests, but it would be nice to see more throughout the cabin.
The seats, upholstered in high-quality perforated MBTex leatherette, successfully fulfill their mission of being both comfortable and luxurious. Heating and ventilation are standard. Ours also had an optional massage feature (in this Premium trim – standard on higher trims) which was honestly a little disappointing, but could help with lasting comfort on a long tour.
The small pillows on the headrests, however, were annoying. They always felt abnormal when they touched the back of my head. Disconcerting, even, when you lean back after having forgotten their presence. They’re easy to adjust quickly without fiddling with belts or buttons – they just slide up and down – but they also easily fall back out of place. A tug of velcro can completely remove them.
Another thing that gave us trouble all week was the “Panorama” roof controls (actually two panels) with power tilt/sliding front panel. The roof and blinds are controlled by a single bar that serves as both slider and push button. I could never get him to do what I wanted. Try to open the blinds? The thing would open, and vice versa. After many frustrating attempts to master it, I simply stopped using it, much to the chagrin of my young passenger in the back.
Moving on to the back seat, passengers are fine, as long as they aren’t too tall. Ours weren’t, so the sloping roofline wasn’t an issue, even with a high-back booster seat installed. The rear seats aren’t heated or ventilated unless you opt for the Pinnacle top trim. Still, while simple, they’re quite luxurious, especially if you consider legroom a luxury.
As for storage, there is quite a bit. That trunk space is large and versatile, as James Riswick observed when he took a road trip in an EQS 580. Up front, the center console bin is generous and there’s space open stowage below the console deck. The cup holder space is versatile, with the ability to remove the cup holders completely in order to store more items. You’ll also notice USB-C ports in the storage bins, as well as a small pop-out on the back of the center console for rear passengers.
One final thought: the sound experience inside the EQS is fantastic. For one thing, the car is ridiculously quiet when gliding down the road. You feel safe, secure and serene inside this luxury electric vehicle. Plus, the standard Burmester surround sound system on the 450+ is a feast for the ears, whether you’re listening intently to an audiobook, opera or your favorite rap album. The sound is clean and enveloping. Just another reason to linger in the driveway before heading back out the front door.