The verdict: All of the bigger EQS Sedan’s novelty, controversial styling and stunning abilities, but in a shorter, less-expensive package.
Versus the competition: The EQE is far more opulent, luxurious and sophisticated than anything Tesla makes, but doesn’t have the efficiency, speed or athletic prowess of the Model 3 or Model S.
The whole idea of “one sausage, three sizes” was borne out of German luxury-car strategy in decades past. The general practice was that you create one design and simply scale it larger and smaller to fit the three main size categories: full-size, mid-size and compact. Over the years, German automakers started straying from that, proliferating models and variants that blended the lines between segments, but it seems that with the introduction of Mercedes-Benz’s line of electric cars marketed under the Mercedes-EQ banner, that strategy is making a comeback. Witness this, the new 2023 Mercedes-EQ EQE. It’s the fully electric E-Class equivalent of the fully electric S-Class equivalent the company sells as the EQS Sedan. But is it really just an EQS-lite? Shorter, narrower and less expensive? Yes, actually it is.