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Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV luggage test: How much space behind the third row?

Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV luggage test: How much space behind the third row?

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The Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is a three-row vehicle in that it literally has three rows of seats, but lumping it in with other large, luxurious three-row vehicles would be generous. Quite simply, that third row and the cargo space behind it are barely usable. Mercedes’ own GLS-class is far more functional, meaning the EQS SUV is hardly the all-electric answer to the largest Benz SUV.

In terms of bed specs, I have absolutely no idea what the EQS SUV claims to offer. The official specs only show the 5-passenger version, and even then list 22.7 cubic feet “behind rear seats”. There is MUCH more space behind row 2 than 22.7 cubes would normally indicate, and MUCH less space behind row 3. However, this wouldn’t be the first time Mercedes has used a different method of measurement. Anyway, it just validates this whole baggage testing exercise.

Since I usually only test the areas behind the third row on three-row vehicles, let’s start there. I’m guessing we’re looking at 11 cubic feet or less here, but regardless of the numbers, it’s really small. It was immediately clear that the Kia Sorento and Mitsubishi Outlander would be in contention for the smallest third-row vehicle I’ve tested.

As with every luggage test I do, I use two medium-sized trolley suitcases that would need to be checked in at the airport (26 inches long, 16 wide, 11 deep), two trolley suitcases that just about fit in the luggage compartment (24L x 15 W x 10 T) and a smaller rollaboard that fits easily (23L x 15W x 10D). I’m also adding my wife’s fancy holdall just to spice things up a bit (21L x 12W x 12D).

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That’s the least amount of luggage I’ve ever been able to fit behind a third row. These are the three smallest bags and as you can see the fancy bag needs to be completely smashed for this to work. So yes, you’d better buy a roof box and luggage racks if you’re planning to go somewhere for a long time with a full load of people on board.

However, these people had better be very short, because there just isn’t much headroom or legroom back there. Realistically, the EQS SUV is a five-passenger SUV with an available third row as a bonus.

So, given the odd loading numbers, let’s at least take a look at how many pockets fit behind row 2.

All of them, easy, no tricky tetrising needed, I just threw them in. That proves there’s WAY more than 22.7 cubic feet back there, but it also shows why I don’t do luggage tests behind second rows in three-row vehicles, or midsize SUVs in general: I’ll run out of bags from my garage before I get the thing can fill.

Therefore, as a double-row mid-size SUV, the EQS is quite normal with a very comfortable and spacious rear seat. Now let’s take a look at some cargo details.

The good:

Here is the underfloor storage. It’s not nearly as big as the deep bin in the EQS sedan/hatchback, but still very useful. The thing that looks like a briefcase is the charging cable, and there’s obviously space around that. The photo above on the right shows the practical strap that Mercedes uses to keep the lid of the storage compartment open when loading.

The underfloor storage can accommodate the tonneau cover when not in use, which is always an appreciated feature. It does boot out the charging briefcase, but you can probably do without it in the car, or just find a spot for it in the rest of the very large cargo area.

The bad:

To lower the third row you need to press the square piece on top of the seat (top left). Fine. The problem is that you also have to press on it to bring the seat back up, meaning you can’t do that from the cargo hold. Bad. You have to go to the back door, press this square button and fold up the seat from there. The double problem is that to do this you have to fold down the second row using the perfectly acceptable button on the seat base (top right). This is annoying. Maybe a big ol’ strap would be unsightly to pull the seat up, but at least it works.

Yet another way in which the EQS SUV isn’t a big three-row SUV.

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