Mercedes EQA Review

Price: £44,495 - £51,995

Electrifying.com score

7/10

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Mercedes ignores the trend to create purpose-built electric cars, instead giving us a mini-SUV based on the existing GLA. It's competitive but compromised as a result.


  • Battery size: 70kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 3.73
  • E-Rating™: B

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  • Max charge rate: 100 kW
  • Range: 261 miles

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  • Battery size: 70kWh
  • Miles per kWh: 3.73
  • E-Rating™: B

    Click here to find out more about our electric car Efficiency Rating.​

  • Max charge rate: 100 kW
  • Range: 261 miles
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  • Mercedes EQA rear action shot in countryside, UK registered
  • Mercedes EQA side on action shot in countryside
  • Mercedes EQA static shot, front three quarters, night shot in town
  • Mercedes EQA luggage space boot, tailgate open. UK registered
  • Electrifying.com E-Rating B

Ginny Says

“If the EQA had have been launched a year ago, it could well have been a class leader. But things move fast in the EV world and it's likely to be seen as an also-ran by the time it's launched.”

Nicki Says

“My favourite part of the bigger Mercedes EQC is the zen-like silence while you are driving. The EQA isn't quite as refined but it is still a relaxing place to be, with more refinement than cars costing three times as much.”

The EQA comes in three variants, all of which are reasonably brisk. Perhaps a sprightlier AMG version will follow in time, too.

  • 0-62mph:6.0 to 8.9 seconds
  • Top speed:99mph
Mercedes EQA static shot, front three quarters, night shot in town

​Performance

The EQA shares two of its powertrains with the larger, seven-seat EQB crossover, but adds a slower, entry-level car for those who don’t see performance as their utmost priority. So there’s an EQA 250, with two-wheel drive and a 187bhp peak for 0-62mph in 8.9sec. Above that, you’ve two versions with twin motors for 4Matic four-wheel drive. The EQA 300 produces 225bhp while the EQB 350 peaks at 288bhp, though they share an identical 273lb ft torque figure.

It operates just like any other small Benz, with Reverse or Drive selected from a stalk on the right hand side of the steering wheel and an electric parking brake placed slightly awkwardly down by your knee. The main difference, besides the lump of instant torque from a standstill, is the fact you’ve three levels of brake regen to choose from via paddles on the steering wheel.

Drive

On a country road the EQA feels quite sporty too, especially since the battery lowers the centre of gravity to make cornering just a little more fun. It follows its EQC big brother in being remarkably refined too, although it can’t quite match its eerie silence with a little more wind and tyre noise. All told, it’s car whose comfort outstrips its engagement – it feels designed to be a tiny little pod of premium-trimmed peace rather than a whooshily silent hot hatchback, whatever its performance figures suggest. Mercedes’ go-faster AMG division has fettled other EQ products, though, and given the popularity of AMG-badged GLA crossovers, we wouldn’t rule out a bit of AMG treatment here in the future too. Especially if Audi and BMW start to offer something similar too.

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