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How much does the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 cost?
The list price is $328,400 before on-road costs. No one is going to buy the vanilla version of the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53, not when a mere $7,690 winds up the performance and drops the 100km/h bragging rights from 3.8 seconds to 3.4.
It’s when you look at the other options that you appreciate the EQS 53 isn’t an electric analogue to the S-Class limousine. Features that are standard on a typical S-Class require an extra spend to include on the EQS. A $9,290 “Energising Comfort Package” bundles a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, an air fragrance system with HEPA filter, screens and headsets for the rear-seat occupants. A lot of that is default kit in an S-Class, along with rear massage seats, though that probably reflects the fact S-Class owners tend to be chauffeured, while EQS 53 buyers are likely to want to be seen behind the wheel.
Overtly advertising the fact you have invested in an AMG via a set of red-painted brake callipers adorned with black “AMG” lettering beneath a set of 22-inch wheels (up from 21 inches), will add $3,990 to the purchase price.
Spot gold callipers under the wheels and it is evidence the owner outlaid $9,900 for a set of ceramic-composite brake discs, while a 22kW AC charging system costs $2,490 plus installation.
There are seven standard exterior colours, then it costs $1,990 for “diamond bright white” and “hyacinth red metallic” or $9,490 for “selenite grey magno”.
Other contenders for your cash include the Porsche Taycan Turbo at $281,900 plus on-roads and the Tesla Model S, which starts around $150,000 (Tesla’s website isn’t listing prices for the Model S in Australia).
Is the Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 safe?
EuroNCAP tested the EQS 450 last year (that version will arrive in Australia later this year) and on the basis of that assessment rated the EQS range as a five-star proposition.
Adult occupant protection was rated at 96 per cent, child occupant protection was 91 per cent, pedestrian and cyclist protection earned a 76 per cent score and safety assist systems were deemed to be 80 per cent.
The Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 is fitted self-parking assist, active lane-keep and blind-spot assist, the expected AEB functionality and has encased the battery pack in a “crash protected area in the underbody, embedded in the body shell”.