Want to get your hands on the first all-electric Maybach model? You should. The new Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 SUV is the definition of high-end, emission-free driving – as I learned firsthand. And now the premium EV is heading to Mercedes-Benz dealerships with a starting price of $181,050 (with the $1,150 destination fee included),

At $181,050 out of the box, the Maybach EQS is the second most affordable Maybach model in the range behind the gas-powered GLS, which costs $171,150. The Maybach S-Class is the most expensive of the trio at $194,550.

But compared to some of the other posh SUVs in its class, the Maybach EQS is a relative bargain. The Bentley Bentayga EWB and Rolls-Royce Cullinan cost $226,900 and $345,000, respectively. Only the BMW XM is more affordable at $159,995.

2024 Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV First Drive Review
  Base Price
Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 SUV $181,050
Bentley Bentayga EWB $226,900
BMW XM $159,995
Rolls-Royce Cullinan $345,000

Standard equipment includes an air suspension with adaptive damping, 21-inch wheels, and the signature MBUX Hyperscreen, complete with a 17.7-inch center touchscreen and a 12.3-inch passenger screen. A three-row bench seat comes standard in the second row, but buyers can swap for a no-cost Executive Rear Seat package with two lounge chairs instead. That also adds folding rear tables, rear heated armrests, and two 11.6-inch touchscreens, as well as heated and cooled cup holders – which you also get up front.

Every Mercedes-Maybach EQS 680 SUV uses the same dual-motor electric powertrain with 649 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to propel the EQS to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. The standard 107.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack achieves an estimated 300 miles of driving range.

2024 Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV First Drive Review

Buyers that want even more out of their Maybach can the Night Series package with the executive rear seats for a cool $25,000. That option adds dark chrome elements on the exterior, 21-inch wheels, walnut interior accents, black pearl Nappa leather, and unique ambient lighting elements. Adding that package brings the total cost to $206,050.

Not a bad deal all things considered. Just make sure you have some cash leftover for that trip to space in a giant Maybach-designed balloon.

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