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Mercedes Benz EQS 580 | Made In India

The EQS 580 is long, low and mean. It can switch characters from luxury to performance with a simple push to the pedal.

For

Handsome looks, thrilling performance, excellent range

Against

Lack of customization

Overview

Mercedes Benz is one of the oldest manufacturers and has been building automobiles for almost a century. During this time, you could say they’ve put out millions of petrol vehicles, and perhaps that could be too heavy on their karma. So to balance things out, Mercedes Benz has finally decided to lead the charge with their first EV based entirely on EV architecture. The EQC was their first-ever mass-produced EV based on Mercedes’ EVA 1 architecture. Though it was an impressive car, it certainly had limitations due to its recycled architecture. Fast forward, and they’ve moved things over to their all-new EVA 2 architecture built exclusively for an EV.

This allows for better space management and a manufacturer to be much more creative with the interior and exterior design. What adds to the overall excitement is that the EQS 580 is the first luxury EV to be made in India! Not only does this make it a leap for Mercedes Benz but also a leap for India and the kind of automobiles we can have access to. So without any further adieu, let’s go over this technological marvel and just what it brings to the fold.

Should you buy one?

The Mercedes Benz EQS 580 isn’t exactly the most affordable EV, but it most certainly is the pinnacle of what a luxury EV can be. It’s got a tremendous amount of tech, breathtaking performance and handsome looks. This combined makes it a desirable package, and it still manages to undercut its rivals, Audi and Porsche. Additionally, it gets a 2-year or 30,000 km interval between each service, and Mercedes Benz offers an 8-year unlimited km warranty, which only further sweetens the deal.

My only gripes with the EQS are that its relatively low ground clearance can make it a bit challenging to drive on our roads. The AC blower, too, is rather loud and can disturb the silence in the cabin quite easily. Also, the lack of customizability can be a bit of a letdown for anyone who likes to be more flamboyant with their spec. That being said, if you can look past these little downsides, you have a great package on your hands, and I, for one, think this is an excellent product from Mercedes Benz and will give its competition a run for their money.



TopGear Magazine Jan 2023