Mercedes AMG EQE 53 Review & Prices
The sleek EQE gets proper power from AMG, and it’s seriously fast but you’ll feel the pinch with reduced range and it’s not very roomy in the back
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Well, it’s certainly a powerful one. The standard versions of Mercedes’ impressive all-electric EQE saloon get either 245hp or 292hp from a single, rear-mounted, electric motor depending on which version you buy.
But this AMG 53 version gets rather more than that. In fact, it doubles up with two electric motors — one at the front and one at the rear — which not only means you get four-wheel drive (which Mercedes calls 4MATIC+) you also get double the horsepower. The AMG 53 version comes with 625hp, and all of the torque you could possibly need (which in numerical terms is 950Nm).
Want more than that? You can have more than that. On top of the EQE AMG 53’s price tag of £114,750 you can spend an extra £7,995 for the AMG Performance Package. As well as a high-tech new braking system that features carbon-ceramic brake discs, you also get a top speed raised to 155mph, and it temporarily boosts the combined power of the electric motors to 677hp, chopping the 0-60mph time from 3.4secs for the standard AMG model to 3.2secs if you’ve paid for the pack.
That Performance Pack also gets you ‘AMG Driving Sounds’ which adds all sorts of space-age whooshes to your daily driving, if you’re into that kind of thing but the ‘Race Start’ launch control system certainly seems like a more serious form of fun.
AMG spec gets you standard 21-inch alloy wheels and, if you’re worried that those might make the car too rough-edged around town, the AMG 53 also gets standard ‘Airmatic’ air suspension which should do a great job of ironing out the worst bumps. There is also, of course, an AMG body kit which includes red brake callipers, and a panoramic glass roof as well as a grille (which isn’t really a grille at all, just a facia as EVs don’t need cooling) which is unique to the AMG model.
The AMG version of the EQE also gets rear-wheel steering, which can turn the back axle through as much as 4.5-degrees and which should be a major help in negotiating tight parking spaces.
Inside, the AMG EQE 53 gets a high-end Burmester stereo which will nicely drown out any of those silly fake driving sounds, and you’ll also get a heads-up display which projects your speed and sat-nav directions onto the windscreen.
Other AMG-specific equipment includes ultra-soft Nappa leather for the seats and steering wheel, and that steering wheel is heated too.
The optional Performance Pack temporarily boosts the combined power of the electric motors to 677hp, chopping the 0-60mph time to 3.2sec
If you prefer your 600-odd-horsepower electric super-saloon to be a little more subtle in its style, then there’s also a Touring version of the EQE AMG 53, which gets silver finishes for the 21-inch alloy wheels and the brake callipers, and a lighter wood trim for the dashboard which helps to make the cabin a little less gloomy.
On both models, you can spend an extra £6,995 to get the massive ‘Hyperscreen’ dashboard, which has three digital screens stretching the full width of the cabin. To be honest, it’s not really worth the extra, as the standard two-screen layout is easier to use and less distracting when you’re driving.
Sadly, for all the extra power and handling prowess that comes with AMG specification, there’s no getting around the fact that we found the regular EQE to feel a little bit tight in the back seat, and really very tight in the boot.
You won’t go as far on a charge as you will in the standard EQE either. The AMG version uses the same 90.6kWh battery pack as the regular version, but the extra power and performance drains it more quickly. So while an EQE 350 will easily do 300 real-world miles on one charge (and up to 384 miles officially) the AMG 53 only scores maximum of 290 miles on the official WLTP test, and if you’re using much of that AMG potency, you’ll only be getting 230 miles or thereabouts.
The EQE does charge up fairly quickly, at speeds of up to 170kW from a high-powered DC public charging point, but the 11kW AC charging speed (for when you’re charging at home or using kerb-side chargers) is a little disappointing compared to the likes of the Porsche Taycan or BMW i7.
We’ll be driving the EQE AMG in the near future, so keep an eye out for our review once we’ve got behind the wheel.
But in the meantime, check out our latest Mercedes new car deals, or take a look at our used Mercedes offers from dealers across the country. And if you’re selling your car to make way for a new set of wheels, then you can do that through carwow too.
The Mercedes AMG EQE 53 has a RRP range of £114,750 to £114,750. Prices start at £114,750 if paying cash. The price of a used Mercedes AMG EQE 53 on carwow starts at £86,265.
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