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Mercedes EQE saloon - Range, charging & running costs

The EQE’s range of nearly 400 miles is very impressive

Carbuyer Rating

3.8 out of 5

Range, charging & running costs Rating

4.0 out of 5

For years, the Mercedes E-Class has always had a traditional three-box saloon shape. Contrastingly, Mercedes has given the EQE much sleeker styling, with a fared-in grille, aerodynamic alloy wheels and a long, curved roofline. That’s all in pursuit of efficiency, and the result is an impressive electric range for the EQE.

Mercedes EQE range and charging

At the moment, there’s only one model to pick. Every EQE comes badged as the 350+, but there are four trim levels to pick and each one has a slightly different maximum range figure. The entry-level AMG Line, with its comparatively small 19-inch wheels, officially achieves up to 394 miles on a full charge. AMG Line Premium and Exclusive Luxury models sit on 20-inch wheels and return 382 and 378 miles respectively, while the 21-inch wheels on AMG Line Premium Plus trim don’t help efficiency; this model achieves up to 356 miles on a charge.

The Tesla Model S manages around 400 miles on a charge, and has the extra benefit of the largely seamless Tesla Supercharger network for when you’re out and about. The Tesla has a slight edge on charging speed, too, being able to charge at 200kW compared to the Mercedes’ 170kW.

At a 110kW charger, the Mercedes’ battery can be topped up to 80% in 32 minutes; a 22kW charger will take a little over four hours to reach 80%. The EQE has a large 90kWh battery, so a 7kW home wallbox will take 14.5 hours to fully recharge it.

The EQE comes with the Mercedes me Charge system, which gives you access to a range of different chargepoint providers with one card and app. It includes discounted Ionity charging for a year and six months’ free BP Pulse charging. As part of the Mercedes me Charge programme, the brand also pledges to provide enough renewable energy to offset your electricity usage. Every Mercedes factory is slated to be carbon-neutral by the end of 2022.

Insurance groups

Insurance ratings for the Mercedes EQE haven’t yet been finalised, but expect it to be expensive to cover. Its high price, premium badge, performance and all its technology will combine to put it in one of the higher insurance groups. The Tesla Model S is in the highest, 50 group.

Warranty

Like every Mercedes, the EQE features a three-year warranty with no mileage cap. You can extend it for extra cost, and there’s the option of up to 30 years’ pan-European roadside assistance. Meanwhile, the battery is covered for up to 10 years or 155,000 miles, suggesting that Mercedes has confidence in the longevity of its electric powertrains.

Servicing

Your car will tell you when it’s time for a service, and Mercedes offers service plans to spread maintenance costs into monthly payments. Speak to your dealer for full pricing information, but the EQE should cost less to service than a petrol- or diesel-powered Mercedes.

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