The Mercedes-Benz EQS 580 (top) and Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

You don’t need to buy a Tesla if you want a fancy, electric four-door. 
Porsche sells the $86,700 Taycan and Mercedes sells the $102,000 EQS. 
I drove fully-loaded versions of both cars to see how they stack up. 

So you want to buy a luxurious electric car but can’t decide between the Porsche Taycan and the Mercedes-Benz EQS?

First off: Congratulations on being rich. 

Testing out the German cars showed me that both are fantastic options for getting around in fancy, zero-emission fashion. But each is great in its own way.

The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

This comparison isn’t exactly apples-to-apples. The $209,000 Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo Porsche lent me is the highest-performance Taycan available and the hatchback edition. The $141,000 EQS 580 Mercedes provided is also the top-of-the-line model, but there is another, speedier version, the AMG-EQS, which is more comparable to the sporty Taycan.

Still, this showdown gave me a solid idea of what these cars bring to the table and how they stack up. 

How much do they cost?

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580.

The Taycan starts at $86,700. The EQS comes in at around $102,000. 

What about range?
The 2021 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo.

The Mercedes earns an impressive EPA rating of 350 miles in the base EQS 450+ configuration while the all-wheel-drive EQS 580 clocks in at 340 miles. The sedan’s blob-like shape may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it does cut down on drag, which helps with range. 

The Taycan’s range looks so-so on paper; the 2021 model I tested was rated for only 202 miles. (The 2023 Taycan maxes out at 246 miles, according to the EPA.)

But EPA estimates don’t always tell the full story. I observed a range closer to 250 miles, and Edmunds drove a 2020 Taycan 323 miles on a single charge. It pushed an EQS 450+ 422 miles. 

How do they drive?
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 580.

The Taycan is without a doubt the more entertaining car to drive. The 750-horsepower Turbo S is breathtakingly, incomprehensibly quick, promising to rocket to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. Its steering is precise and it handles impeccably. The tradeoff is that it rides on the stiff side. 

The EQS delights in a whole different way by gliding ever so smoothly and quietly down the road. While …read more

Source:: Business Insider


I tested six-figure electric cars from Porsche and Mercedes. I’d buy one for its stunning quickness and the other for its opulent interior.

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