14 photos comparing the G70 BMW i7 against 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS, which is your pick?

Eric · Nov 12, 2022 12:00 PM

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This is the new BMW i7, Munich’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz EQS. The BMW i7 is based on the regular internal combustion engine (ICE) G70 7 Series, albeit powered exclusively by two electric motors.

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Right off the bat, the BMW i7 looks more traditional when compared to the EQS. The i7 features a distinctive three-box sedan side profile, while the EQS takes the fastback design and fused it with a touch of futurism, creating a very sleek-looking model in the process.

Also Read: Review: 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ in Malaysia - The best luxury EV yet

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Despite its take on futurism, the EQS’ front fascia is more palatable, as the BMW i7’s split headlight design, well, isn’t exactly the prettiest out there. Not to mention, BMW’s kidney grille is getting a bit out of hand, even on the new i7.

Also Read: 20 photos to help you decide if the 2023 (G70) BMW 7 Series is forward-looking or just ugly

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Towards the rear-end of both luxobarges, the BMW is the more traditional one of the duo. While the slim tail lights may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it does tie in with other BMW models. The EQS, on the other hand, features a full-width LED tail light design.

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Thanks to the large screen in the EQS, text is sharp and very easy to read

Stepping into the cabin and the EQS is quite the stunner, primarily due to the absolutely massive 17.7-inch infotainment display and dual 12.3-inch displays. As a result, the EQS also boasts the largest Apple CarPlay screen we’ve seen to date. Immersive? You bet.

Also Read: Mercedes-Benz EQS on sale in Germany, priced equal to RM 528k, cheaper than S580e!

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Meanwhile on camp BMW, it’s pretty much familiar territory for those acquainted with their models. Its infotainment screen, though slightly smaller at 14.9-inch, is still quite a sight to behold.

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But, with these luxobarges being aimed for those who value comfort at the rear would be pleased to know that the i7 offers a massive 31-inch rear entertainment screen; something that’s curiously lacking on the EQS.

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In terms of powertrain, the Mercedes-Benz EQS is available in six variants, ranging from the EQS 350 all the way to the AMG EQS 53. Power output also varies from 288 PS all the way to 588 PS, depending on variant.

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Seeing that the i7 xDrive60 competes against the EQS 580, the latter does 523 PS and 855 Nm, comparable to the i7, which does 544 PS and 745 Nm.

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More importantly for an EV is the range. The EQS 580 offers a 676 km WLTP range from its 107.8 kWh battery pack. The BMW i7, on the other hand, has a slightly smaller 101.7 kWh battery pack and a 625 km WLTP range.

In terms of charging, Mercedes-Benz said that the EQS can do up to 200 kW of DC fast charging. The BMW, on the other hand, is capable of charging up to 195 kW of DC fast charging. If DC fast charging isn't available, both sedans also support AC charging, up to 11 kW. 

What about Malaysia?

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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has launched the EQS in Malaysia, albeit in the sole EQS 450+ variant. The sole variant is priced from RM 698,888 (on-the-road, without insurance).

Also Read: Longest EV range in Malaysia, Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ launched: 782 km, RM 698k, 333 PS/565 Nm

As for i7, seeing that BMW Malaysia has opened bookings for the luxury EV sedan a couple of months ago, we reckon that the launch should be happening soon.

Also Read: BMW i7 EV teased in Malaysia; 544 PS/745 Nm, 625 km range, ROI open

 

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Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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