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Built on the same platform as its sedan sibling, the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV could be considered the default flagship vehicle for Mercedes, offering S-Class levels of luxury with the utility of a 3-row family hauler, wrapped in a fully electric package. But while trying to serve so many different buyers, does it end up not doing any job particularly well? We purchased a EQS450 4Matic EV for our test program, and share our first impression of its range, infotainment system, the usability of the third row, and how it compares to other EV SUVs like the Tesla Model X and BMW iX. We also discuss what happens to a car's telematics and infotainment systems when 3G and 4G service is shut down by wireless carriers.
0:00 – Intro
0:37 – 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS450 SUV
2:38 – First Impressions
5:46 – Range/charge times
6:57 – Tech specs
8:20 – Infotainment screen
10:00 – Steering wheel controls
11:18 – Third-row seat
14:43 – EV characteristics
18:49 – Interior screens
20:00 – Who is this vehicle for?
22:15 – Fit and finish
23:24 – Question: What will happen to vehicles with 4G connected services when 5G takes over?
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$111, 580 is obscene for that vehicle.
I always love your reviews and look forward to your commentary and insights, on your show TALKING CARS.
But sadly, I have to let out a big jaw-dislocating yawn as yet another pricey EV is reviewed. I DO love EVs, that’s not the problem. My opinion is that cars, trucks, and SUVs have gotten far too feature rich. Here are a few examples:
1) Driving assist systems, while potentially making vehicles safer; they add to the complexity and cost of repairs of cars for even a 2 1/2 mile love tap of the front bumper will destroy thousands of dollars worth of multiple sensors and cameras.
2) Glass moon roofs with electronic shades, seats with vibrators and complex computerized adjustments for different users, inverters for 120 volt outlets: dozens of computers controlling multiple cameras, navigation with realtime traffic, giant displays and charging systems: Internet access points, Bluetooth CarPlay, GPS sensors for maps and navigation, and color changing LEDs for under dash lighting.
Instead how about a car with basic automatic braking and blind spot monitoring, a simple set of dials and displays without a yoke steering wheel or giant LCDs, have truly comfortable seats that have full but MANUAL adjustments, and that’s it for features. How I do miss my old 1956 VW convertible with four on the floor, manual turn signals, an AM radio with a late night Larry King show playing as I tool down the road with no seatbelts on (the car never had them). Simpler times with no gadget to become obsolete or break.
Can you guys review underwears?
unenthusiastic exterior for 100 grand vehicle.
Thank you for the honesty! So many reviews praise the MB interior, but everytime I sit/drive in one, it’s all flash and no substance. The materials look great and may initially feel okay, but once you really start sitting in it longer you can feel the cost cutting. Add in poorer fit that they are not fixing. just sit in something like a 2020 model, they dont hold up well.
THEN you see the sticker price…
While this quirky and expensive car isn’t for me in a number of ways, this video podcast episode was good!
I wonder what would happen to my 4G-connected Tesla Model 3 when the 4G towers shut down. I probably wouldn’t be able to use the remote features on the Tesla app. Hopefully Tesla implements a 5G retrofit solution in the future.