Motor Trend put the Air Grand Touring up against the EQS in a side by side comparison and the EQS came in second behind the air.


Who Wins?
See? Our electric future is more than just a single shade of blue. You'll find more differences between the 2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring and the 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS580 4Matic than you would in an S-Class and BMW 7 Series face-off. There's enough variance between the two that picking a winner was almost as easy as it is getting comfortable in these leather-wrapped railguns.

Second place falls to the 2022 Mercedes EQS. As a sublimely cossetting sensory-deprivation tank on wheels, the EQS excels. It's when you read between the stitching that it falls apart a bit, particularly on value, amenities, styling, and materials. The S-Class of EVs, it is not. Ignoring the sheer size, it feels a bit more adjacent to a CLS or even standard E-Class than Merc's Grand Poobah gasoline-powered sedan.

Of course, this makes the 2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring our winner. It doesn't so much feel like EV 2.0 as it does Car 3.0, replete with cutting-edge tech, effortless elegance, and supreme attention to detail. It presents one of the biggest threats to both legacy automakers and Tesla; we're excited to see how the Lucid Air changes the game, and we're even more excited to see what the company's second effort looks like.

1st Place: 2022 Lucid Air Grand Touring
Pros:


  • A revolutionary next step in the automotive timeline
  • Effortlessly elegant design
  • Incredible 516-mile range
Cons:
  • Quality not quite dialed in on our preproduction example
  • Some features are needlessly frustrating, like door handles
Verdict: There's a reason it won 2022 MotorTrend Car of the Year.

2nd Place: 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS580 4Matic
Pros:

  • Extraordinarily comfortable
  • Wonderful fit and finish
  • If you like screens, this is the car for you
Cons:
  • Styling isn't for everyone
  • Rear knee-angle is a smidge too high
  • Not quite the S-Class of EVs
Verdict: It feels as though it rides on pile of quintuple-ply tissue and is loaded with amenities, but it doesn't quite come off as being the best Mercedes can do in this space.