MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ EQA HATCHBACK EQA 250+ 140kW Sport 66.5kWh 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelElectric

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.6s

WLTP - Pure Electric Range

Electric Range328 miles

This is what the Mercedes of compact electric cars looks like. The EQA isn't the most sophisticated or longest-running small EV out there, but the Stuttgart maker is hoping that when it comes down to it, this will be the one that customers in search of a premium alternative would rather have.

MERCEDES ELECTRIFIES IT'S A GAME

The EQA brings Mercedes EVs into the mainstream. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

This is what the Mercedes of compact electric cars looks like. The EQA isn't the most sophisticated or longest-running small EV out there, but the Stuttgart maker is hoping that when it comes down to it, this will be the one that customers in search of a premium alternative would rather have.

Background

Mercedes has long needed a relatively affordable all-electric family hatchback. BMW has its i3. Audi has the Q4 e-tron, Volkswagen has the ID.3 and ID.4. Plus there's the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Skoda Enyak iV and the CUPRA el-Born. So Mercedes has pulled out all the stops to bring us this EQA. There wasn't time for the Stuttgart brand to construct a bespoke electric platform for this model of the kind that features on its competitors. So it must sit on the same MFA underpinnings as the compact GLA crossover it's based upon, a chassis not originally designed for full electrification. Quite a lot of work's had to go in then, to revise this platform to take the weight of this EQA's 66kWh drive battery. The pay-off though for Mercedes is that it means that this BEV can roll down the same German Rastatt production line as its GLA combustion engine counterparts. Let's take a look at what this car can offer.

Driving Experience

Setting off in this Mercedes feels all very normal. There's the same kind of starter button and column-mounted auto gear lever that you'd find in any normal combustion engine model in the Stuttgart maker's range. Mainstream versions of the EQA are based around a single powertrain and battery package, dubbed the 'EQA 250'. Here, a 66.5kWh battery pack and a single asynchronous electric motor sit on the front axle and produce a combined output of 188bhp and 375Nm of torque. Drive is through the usual fixed-ratio auto gearbox common to full-battery models. Like all EVs, the EQA shoots away from rest like a scalded cat as all the torque is developed all at once. And, like all EVs, it runs out of puff a little once the 62mph mark is passed (in 8.9s), eventually topping out at just 99mph. If you want to go faster in an EQA, you'll need to talk to your dealer about the two 4MATIC models, the EQA 300 (with 228hp) and the EQA 350 (with 292hp), the latter capable of 0-62mph in around 6 seconds. Our focus here though, is on the volume EQA 250 derivative and the stat you'll be most interested in with that particular variant is driving range, rated at 265 miles from a single charge (the 4MATIC models deliver much the same figure). That's not particularly noteworthy; to give you some segment perspective, a rival Volkswagen ID.3 with a 77kWh battery manages up to 341 miles. Expect longer range EQAs in the future. To maximise the range you do have, you'll need to make proactive use of the various brake regenerative energy harvesting modes on offer. The most aggressive setting is 'D - -', in which you feel sharp retardation whenever you come off the throttle. That's useful in town, meaning you hardly ever need to use the brakes, except when coming to a complete stop. The least aggressive setting is 'D+', in which the car coasts without any perceptible off-throttle braking, maintaining momentum.

Design and Build

As is intentional, there's a clear visual connection between this EQA and its combustion-engined GLA conventional showroom stablemates. The two cars share the same steel bodyshell and bumpers, but the electric variant gets its own unique blanked-off front grille and some other lightly altered details. A horizontal fibre-optic strip connects the daytime running lights of the full-LED headlamps, ensuring a high level of recognisability both in daylight and at night. Exclusive to this model are light-alloy wheels in a bi- or tri-colour design, up to 20 inches in size, in some cases with rose gold-coloured or blue decorative trim. The interior's very recognisable from the GLA too, though there are EQA-themed instrument and infotainment graphics across the distinctive bonded twin screens that dominate the front of the cabin. The rear seat's a bit different though, mainly because the floor level's had to be raised to accommodate the battery pack that's been inserted beneath, there's also a transmission tunnel-like ridge running down the cabin centre. At least legroom isn't compromised over a normal GLA. Out back, the usual 481-litre boot you get in a combustion-engined GLA has been compromised in size a little here (to 340-litres), but the useful 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat of the conventional car has been retained.

Market and Model

OK: what'll you pay for an EQA? All the models available in this line-up use the same 66.5kWh battery and nearly all sales are of the EQA 250 variant we tried, which uses a front-mounted 190hp electric motor and is priced from around £47,500 in entry-level 'Sport' form. From there, it's a £1,500 jump to 'AMG Line'-spec, with 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Premium Plus'-spec variants demanding further £3,000 increments, the latter requiring £52,000 from you. That's pretty much the price starting point for the two more sophisticated EQA variants, the EQA 300 4MATIC and the EQA 350 4MATIC, which add an extra electric motor on the rear axle to increase traction - and power, the '300' variant offering 228hp and the '350' version boosting that to 292hp. Because these faster models can't be had with base 'Sport' trim, prices start from around £51,500 for the '300' and from around £53,000 for the '350'. If you like the idea of an EQA of some sort but need a bit of extra versatility, bear in mind that Mercedes also has its mechanically almost identical EQB SUV for relatively little more.

Cost of Ownership

The elephant in the room here is driving range. The EQA 265 mile figure (which applies to both front and four-wheel driven models) really isn't that much more than you'd get from a Renault ZOE supermini EV from the next class down. And you're going to need to make pretty proactive use of the brake regenerative settings to achieve that. The EQA will at least support both 11kW AC and 100kW DC charging. The 100 kW DC on-board charger allows the car to charge from 10 to 80 per cent in 37 minutes, and from 10 to 100 per cent in around seven hours using an 11kW wall box. Navigation with Electric Intelligence - included as standard on both trim levels - calculates the route that will get the driver to their destination fastest, taking into account charging times, and taking the stress out of route planning. A three-year subscription to the Mercedes me Charge public charging service is also available as standard. With Mercedes me Charge, customers have access to what is currently the world's biggest charging network: this currently comprises more than 450,000 AC and DC charging points across 3 countries. Mercedes me Charge allows customers convenient use of the charging stations of various providers, even when travelling abroad. By registering just once, they can benefit from an integrated payment function with a simple billing process. Mercedes me Charge enables customers to charge at more than 175,000 public charging points throughout Europe; Mercedes-Benz ensures a subsequent offset with green power.

Summary

There's lots you might like about the EQA. It is, after all, a very Mercedes-style package, with a feeling of cabin elegance, sophistication and quality that many competitors struggle to match. And the compromises the battery system requires in terms of rear seat accommodation and boot space aren't too great. The brake regeneration system is excellent. The extensive 'Mercedes me' charging network and the easy way you can pay to use it is an obvious attraction. And residual values will probably be very competitive. If you can use all of these attributes to justify a car that costs slightly more than its most obvious rivals and goes a slightly lower distance than them between charges, then all well and good. If you can't, then lots of alternatives in this segment await your evaluation. Once you've tried them though, you might end up feeling that none have quite the class and appeal of an EQA. Such is the draw of the Three Pointed Star. We're a little disappointed that Mercedes chose to patch together an electric family car from the engineering of a combustion-powered one. But not everyone cares about design semantics of this sort and for the kind of people an EQA is aimed at, what's delivered here will probably be sufficient to satisfy. We always thought though, that the Mercedes mantra was 'The best or nothing'. Which means that in this case, the best is clearly yet to come.

  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Rear wiper
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Privacy glass - heat insulating dark tinted glass

  • Radar-based recuperation
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Anti-lock brake system

  • Velour floor mats

  • Comfort suspension with self levelling rear air suspension

  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (max range, ECO, comfort and sport)

  • Easy-pack tailgate

  • Mercedes Benz emergency call system
  • EQ navigation services - map (range display), display charging stations, programming of charging settings and pre entry climate control
  • Trip computer
  • Service indicator
  • Acoustic ambient protection
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Mercedes me connect

  • Spiral look trim

  • MBUX multimedia system with 10" Digital instrument cluster and 10" media display with touchscreen
  • Mercedes benz sound system
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Body colour bumpers
  • Polished aluminium roof rails
  • Progressive bodystyling
  • Black panel radiator grille
  • Rear side wing doors
  • Rear wing door

  • 3rd brake light
  • Surround lighting with projection of brand logo
  • LED High performance headlamps with adaptive highbeam assist
  • Front and rear LED light band
  • Front fog lights
  • Daytime running lights

  • Thermotronic automatic climate control

  • Reach and rake adjustable steering column
  • Artico man-made leather upholstery
  • Gearshift paddles on steering wheel
  • Rear armrest with storage + through load
  • 3 spoke leather multifunction sports steering wheel
  • Stowage compartment with retractable cover
  • Roof lining - Black fabric
  • Interior door sills
  • Rubber pedals
  • Double Cupholder

  • Ambient lighting with choice of 64 colour settings

  • Interior light package - EQA
  • Mirror package - EQA
  • Parking package with reversing camera - EQA
  • Seat comfort pack - EQA
  • Stowage package - EQA

  • Knee bags
  • Isofix child seat anchor points on outer rear seats
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • 3 rear seatbelts

  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Comfort seats
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • 3 seat bench in 2nd row
  • Single front passenger seat

  • Urban guard vehicle protection
  • Remote central locking

  • Charging cable for wall box and public charging station - Type 2(mode 3) 5m
  • Combined charging system CCS-2 connector
  • Charging cable for domestic plug socket, Type G (Mode 2) 5m
  • 11KW onboard charger
  • 100KW DC onboard charger

  • Summer tyres

  • 18" 5 spoke light alloy wheels

  • Tirefit

  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes): 390
  • Battery Charge Slow kW: 11
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage: 10-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes): 30
  • Battery Charge Fast kW: 100
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage: 10-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW: N
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes): N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW: N
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage: N
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 8
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 62000
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 66.5
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb: 527
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEL: 527
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb - TEH: 524
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 17.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL: 17.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH: 17.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH: 3.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL: 3.5
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb: 328
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEH: 326
  • WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb - TEL: 328
  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty: 70
  • Charging Port Location: Right Side Rear
  • Usable Battery Capacity: 66.5

  • Noise Level dB(A): 67
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N

  • Engine Code: N
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: N
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: Sport
  • Coin Description: N
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 2
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 97
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 90
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 81
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 190
  • Badge Engine CC: 0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • AdBlue: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 39.3
  • Engine Power - KW: 140
  • Engine Power - RPM: 7000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 284
  • Engine Torque - NM: 385
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3550
  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.6
  • Top Speed: 99

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: N/A

  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/55 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/55 R18
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2020
  • Height: 1608
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4463
  • Width: 1834
  • Wheelbase: 2729

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2040
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2470
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 340
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 430
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1320
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4

  • Active brake assist: Included

  • Active speed limit assist: Included
  • Active lane keeping assist: Included
  • Cruise control: Included
  • Power assisted steering: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £625
  • Manufaktur metallic paint: £825
  • Manufaktur magno paint: £1,825

  • Driving assistance pack - EQA: £1,495

  • Metallic - Mountain grey: £625
  • Metallic - Rose gold: £625
  • Metallic - Digital white: £625
  • Metallic - Cosmos black: £625
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £625
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £625

  • Solid - Night black: £0
  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Manufaktur magno - Mountain grey: £1,825
  • Manufaktur metallic - Patagonia red: £825

  • Trailer coupling with ESP trailer stabilisation: £750

  • Artico man-made leather - Macchiato beige/Black: £0
  • Artico man-made leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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