How the $103,000 Mercedes-Benz EQS stacks up against Tesla's Model S

The Mercedes-Benz EQS is the automaker's answer for the Tesla Model S and will soon be available in dealerships.
It costs around $103,000 but you can get fancier trims for as high as $126,000.

This is how it compares with the Model S in terms range, pricing, performance and more.

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The Tesla Model S was for years the only choice for dentists and wealthy people looking for an electric car. But not anymore.

The premium electric car segment today is becoming more crowded. The Porsche Taycan is a huge success. The Audi E-Tron GT is its cousin and went on sale earlier in the year. The Air, the first vehicle by startup Lucid should be available soon.

Mercedes-Benz, the luxury-sedan kingpin, has joined the party now with a battery-powered version its flagship S Class. It's the EQS and will be available in dealerships by 2021.

This is how it compares to the Model S, its closest rival.

Charges and range

Mercedes claims that the EQS can provide 487 miles of range, according to the European standard. It will be rated for 400 miles by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Mercedes-Benz EQS. Mercedes-Benz

According to the EPA, the Model S Long Range can travel 405 mph on a single battery. The official rating for the Model S Plaid, which is more expensive and has a higher performance rating, is 396 miles.

The Model S and EQS can both add battery range quickly and more efficiently than most EVs. The Model S can be charged at 250 kw and can provide 200 miles of range in just 15 minutes. The EQS is 200 kw in power and can absorb 186 miles of energy in the same time frame.


The Model S's base version promises a time of 3.1 seconds to go 0-60 mph and a top speed at 155 mph. The Model S Plaid takes things to the next level. The Model S Plaid boasts a 1,020 horsepower motor and can reach 60 mph in less than two seconds. It is firmly placed in supercar territory.

Tesla Model S Plaid. Tesla

The EQS 450+ boasts 328 horsepower and 419 pound feet of torque. The 580 4Matic has 516 horsepower and 631 pound-feet torque. The acceleration is quick at 4.1 seconds to 60 MPH.


Tesla was the first company to replace manual buttons with a giant touchscreen. Others have adopted the idea and continued to develop it.

Mercedes-Benz EQS interior. Mercedes-Benz

The Model S's latest model features a large, landscape-oriented touchscreen in its middle. There are also two smaller displays in front of the driver and one to the rear passengers. The EQS 580 has a massive Hyperscreen that extends the width of its dash. It is actually one large screen, flanked by two smaller screens.

The EQS 450+ has a 12.8-inch screen, but you can add the 56-inch option.

The interiors of the sedans are very different. The EQS interior isn't as minimalistic or sparse as Teslas. It's filled with wood accents, quilted Leather, and glittering Buttons, just like a flagship Merc.


Mercedes announced Tuesday that the EQS will be priced at $103,360. This makes it less expensive than the base gas-powered S Class. This is for the EQS 450+ Premium version. I will spare you the confusing model names at the bottom of the pack and remind you that the top-of the line EQS 580 4Matic Pinnacle is just under $126,000.

Although the Model S's base price is subject to change, it currently stands at $90,000. The Model S's base price is $90,000. However, the Plaid edition, which is the fastest production car, starts at $130,000.

The EQS is eligible for the $7.500 federal tax credit, which is not available for Tesla.