The Worst Thing About the Mercedes-Benz EQS Is an ‘Eerie’ and ‘Mushy’ Brake Pedal, According to Consumer Reports

Mercedes-Benz is ready to enter the EV wars with the all-new 2022 EQS. It’s an all-electric luxury sedan that is garnering a lot of positive attention from critics. Consumer Reports had a lot of praise for the EQS, but there’s one area that it can’t quite look past.

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS has a lot of features Consumer Reports loves

A shot of the driver's seat position interior of the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ electric vehicle (EV) luxury sedan
2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ interior | MBUSA

There were two areas of the EQS that really stood out for all the right reasons for Consumer Reports, and this includes the acceleration and the quietness. 

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS can go from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds. Many sedans can’t brag about this kind of timing regarding acceleration. To make things even better, the EQS doesn’t bang your head back into the seat as you press on the gas. Some drivers may prefer that part of stomping on the gas pedal, but for many others, it’s something they can live without.

As for the quiet cabin, CR couldn’t gush enough. None of the usual traces of wind noise, traffic, or general white noise we become so used to while driving a vehicle were present to ruin the experience. The only sound that slipped through was the faint hiss of the tire going over rough pavement, which isn’t that big of a deal.

The brakes feel very strange on the Mercedes-Benz EQS

Consumer Reports was less than pleased with two areas of the new 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS. The first was the driving position. The steering wheel tends to get in the way of the instrument cluster, so many drivers either had to decide whether to raise the steering wheel to an uncomfortable angle or settle for having the seats so high their heads were grazing the roof.

The other major issue was the brakes. In its Road Test Report, Consumer Reports stated, “It’s mushy, requires a lot of travel, and doesn’t inspire confidence.” This was in reference to the intelligent recuperation added to the brakes, which drivers can control using a dial.

The review site added, “We found the “intelligent recuperation” mode quite good in terms of reading a driver’s mind and the terrain, and applying the appropriate deceleration. However, with any regen mode on, the brake pedal moves according to the rate of deceleration, as if the regular brake system is being used. Yes, the pedal actually moves under the driver’s foot and might be in a different position than expected. That feels rather eerie.”

The regenerative braking may be to blame

Regenerative braking is used on EVs to recover energy, which is then utilized to charge the battery. You can see it in action if you check the Mercedes-Benz EQS charging gauge.

So, how does regenerative braking create the mushy feeling Consumer Reports isn’t that enthusiastic about? To put it simply, more braking power creates a greater electrical current, which the EQS can use to power itself. This is a relatively common feature on many new EVs, and it reduces trips to the charging station. However, there are two significant problems with regenerative braking.

The first is that it’s not that effective at slower speeds. There’s not enough energy produced to be used to charge the vehicle. This means that if you’re stuck in traffic, your EQS can’t take advantage of the regenerative braking.

The second is that it can lead to an unresponsive feeling. This happens because it can move on its own to the rate of deceleration, giving the EV the ‘eerie’ feeling mentioned by Consumer Reports. Nothing is actually wrong with the brakes, but for those who aren’t used to it, it can be somewhat unnerving.

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