Need a Commuter Car With the Bells and Whistles? A Nissan Versa Can Do (Almost) Everything a Mercedes-Benz EQE Can
I have the privilege of driving a different car every week, which is a lot like conducting the world’s largest car comparison. For example, one week, I had the 2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV, and the next week, I got into the 2023 Nissan Versa SR. As you can imagine, these are two vastly different vehicles.
However, they both do the same thing – take you from point A to B in relative comfort. In that case, I decided it would be fun to compare them despite them being miles apart in terms of interior quality, ride, and luxuriousness. After all, when you take all of that away, what are you left with?
The 2024 Mercedes-AMG EQE blows the Nissan Versa out of the water regarding interior quality
You don’t need to sit in both of these cars to figure out that the Mercedes-AMG EQE’s interior completely wipes the floor with the Nissan Versa’s. It’s a “bring a knife to a gunfight” situation when comparing the lavish leather and carbon fiber interior in the EQE to the plastic and semi-soft Versa interior.
Don’t worry, the Nissan Versa has some carbon fiber trim, too, but it looks like a cheap overlay compared to the real stuff in the Mercedes. The Versa’s seats are decently comfortable and there are soft touch materials on the dash and door panels. But the Mercedes-AMG EQE’s interior is leaps and bounds above. No surprise there.
Both cars have similar tech features
Although it’s easy to knock the Nissan Versa for looking and feeling cheap, there’s no doubt that it can do a lot of what the Mercedes-Benz can do. For example, it has Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, a decent sound system, and all the driver assist aids you need. My SR-trimmed tester even had front and rear parking sensors.
The Mercedes-AMG EQE also has everything, including an A.I. assistant that can turn on some features for you. It was equipped with a Hyperscreen, which has onboard navigation, wireless phone integration, and a bevy of features, including a premium Burmeister audio system.
The Versa’s 8-inch touchscreen looks like an 80s video game by comparison, but I will say that it got the job done without much of a learning curve. The Mercedes Hyperscreen is really cool, but it can be cumbersome to use at first.
The Nissan Versa is easier to drive and fill up
From a commuting standpoint, there’s no doubt that the Nissan Versa is easier to drive than the Mercedes EQE. It’s a smaller car, so it’s easy to see out of all four corners and park it, and it runs on gas – so refueling the car is a breeze.
Furthermore, the Versa can get around 330 miles from a single gas tank compared to the EQE’s 250-mile range. That said, the Versa can be considered better and easier to commute with.
The Mercedes-AMG EQE blows the Versa away as far as performance
The Nissan Versa is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 122 hp. The Mercedes-AMG EQE pumps out over 600 hp, so there’s no contest there. Getting to 60 mph from a standstill in the EQE takes a few seconds, but covering the same distance in the Versa take a few business days.
Seriously, I had to pin the accelerator to the floor most of the time to get the Nissan Versa moving up to speed. It was almost hazardous in some merging situations, but at the end of the day, the Versa got me down the road just fine.
2023 Nissan Versa SR vs. Mercedes-AMG EQE SUV: Which commuter should you choose?
Comparing the 2023 Nissan Versa to the Mercedes-AMG EQE is the most apple-to-oranges comparison I can think of. You barely need to glance at each car’s spec sheet to know which one would win in a luxury contest.
That said, the argument here is: Do you really need to spend $130,000 on an EQE to get you to your destination safely? No, you don’t. And considering the Versa SR costs around $22,000, you may be better off buying six of those to get your whole family down the road. Although, it may take some time for them to get to their destinations.