Which is Better, the Mercedes-Benz EQS or the Tesla Model S?

June 17th, 2022 by

The Mercedes-Benz EQS and Tesla Model S are two of the very best luxury electric vehicles available in 2022. The Tesla Model S boasts slightly more range and horsepower than the EQS. However, the Mercedes-Benz EQS has many design features which help it to excel – and Ray Catena, the tri-state area’s leading luxury dealer, is always ready to help you get behind the wheel of a stunning Mercedes LEV.

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If you’re shopping for a new luxury electric vehicle, the Tesla Model S and Mercedes-Benz EQS are both elite options. There is no clear-cut answer to the question of which of these models is better than the other. However, when we compare each vehicle in certain key categories, it is easier to assess their respective qualities. Here is a breakdown of how the EQS and Model S perform in certain areas.

Speed and Horsepower

Mercedes EQS LEVWhen it comes to speed and horsepower, the Tesla Model S tends to be the superior model. However, some of the company’s claims about the capabilities of the Model S are controversial. The standard Tesla Model S boasts 670 peak horsepower, going 0-60 in 3.1 seconds, and a top speed of 150 MPH. But Tesla makes more ambitious claims about the Model S Plaid. This model boasts an extraordinary 1020 horsepower, 0-60 in under 2 seconds, and a top speed of 200 MPH. However, according to Car and Driver reviews, the Plaid does actually tops out around 160 MPH. More concerning than that, however, is the Plaid’s handling at high speeds, which they describe as “unsettling.”

So while the Model S may boast more impressive speeds, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is not a bad runner-up here. The EQS, for what it’s worth, has 329 horsepower, topping out at 130 MPH.

Winner: Tesla Model S

Charge Range

The Tesla Model S and Mercedes-Benz EQS are perhaps the two best LEVs on the road in terms of charge range. The EQS gets an impressive 350 miles estimated charge in ideal driving conditions. This number is only topped by the Model S, at 396 miles. With the abundance of EV charging stations available, however, it’s unlikely that either vehicle will ever be out of range. The 300+ mile range on both vehicles puts them each in truly elite territory. 

The Tesla Model S does also boast slightly faster charging times. The manufacturer claims that this model can be fully charged in under 30 minutes using DC charging. But the EQS claims a 31-minute full charge time with DC charging, so the difference is again negligible.

Winner: Tesla Model S, but not by much!

Design & Comfort

Mercedes EQS LEVBoth the Tesla Model S and Mercedes-Benz EQS boast some impressive tech and features. But when it comes to design and comfort, the edge has to go to the EQS. Mercedes-Benz has been perfecting elegant design in motor vehicles for decades, and that experience shows here. The EQS’ better handling, roomier cabin, and connectivity features help put it over the top in this category. However, you can’t go wrong with either vehicle if you’re looking for a high-tech luxury driving experience.

Winner: Mercedes-Benz EQS


The starting price for the EQS is $102,310, while the Model S starts at $99,990. Despite Tesla’s best efforts to keep the price tag under six digits, that difference in this price range is negligible.

Winner: Tie

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