New Mercedes EQE vs Porsche Taycan: practicality

As the electric equivalent of an E-Class, the new Mercedes EQE has the potential to shake up the executive car category. But first it’ll have to beat the Porsche Taycan...

Mercedes EQE rear seats

Space and practicality

Front space, rear space, seating flexibility, boot

The Porsche Taycan’s door openings are relatively small, so larger occupants will probably find it easier to get in and out of the Mercedes EQE. Once you’re aboard, though, you won’t struggle for space in the front of either car. Both offer plenty of storage space, too. 

Neither car is particularly generous when it comes to rear seat space. A pair of six-footers can fit in the back of the Taycan, but they won’t have much leg room to spare if someone similarly tall is sitting in front of them. The EQE is better in this respect, with a touch more knee room, but a high floor means you can’t stretch your legs out, while head room is compromised by a bolt-upright seating position and a standard-fit panoramic glass roof. You can at least use the middle seat in the EQE for short journeys, though. A ‘4+1’ layout with a tiny middle rear seat is a £371 option in the Taycan, but this isn’t really fit for adult use.

Porsche Taycan rear seats

It might still be worth adding, though, because it also brings handy 40/20/40 split-folding rear seatbacks in place of the standard 60/40 arrangement. This configuration – which is standard on the EQE – allows you to poke long items through from the boot between two rear passengers.

Six carry-on suitcases can fit in each car’s main boot – a respectable number – but lift the bonnet of the Taycan and you’ll find a second boot that’s big enough to swallow another suitcase. Designing an electric saloon without a ‘frunk’ seems like an oversight on Mercedes’ part. Both cars feature enough underfloor storage to house the charging cables.

Boot space

Mercedes EQE

Mercedes EQE boot

Boot capacity 430 litres Suitcases 6

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan boot

Boot capacity 405 litres (rear), 84 litres (front) Suitcases 6 (rear), 1 (front)

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