Mercedes-Benz EQA review: Merc’s electric SUV is strong, silent type – Colin Goodwin

This week we’ve got the Mercedes-Benz EQA, the company’s second pure electric automobile after the EQC that was launched a few years in the past.

And just like the EQC the EQA is primarily based on an present mannequin, on this case the GLA.

Lots of capital letters there, are you continue to with us? It’s essential stuff although as a result of if you flip an present petrol or diesel automobile right into a pure EV there are going to be compromises – and that’s very a lot the case right here.

The GLA is a spacious automobile however when you’ve fitted a 480kg battery pack, room within the again is minimize, as is baggage area.

First, a run down on the {hardware}. Up entrance we’ve got a 187bhp electric motor turning the entrance wheels. This is powered by the ­aforementioned battery pack which has a capability of 66.5kWh.

Admirably, and in contrast to many different producers, Mercedes is quoting internet capability which is what is truly useable, somewhat than a gross capability.

It’s obtained a claimed vary of 263 miles

Claimed vary is 263 miles. Mercedes says that extra EQA variants are within the pipeline with longer ranges (320 miles is being talked about) and in addition with 4-wheel drive which implies an additional electric motor.

So much more weight. Our EQA 250 Premium Plus, which prices £40,495, weighs simply over two tonnes which is why, with 187bhp, it doesn’t really feel so fast.

The 0-62mph determine quoted is 8.9sec and the highest pace is sensibly restricted to 99mph. Start hammering alongside motorways at warp issue 5 and also you’ll lose the time gained by pace in charging time.

The 0-62mph determine quoted is 8.9secs

Electrification is an excellent leveller. For instance, the Kia e-Niro is £5,000 cheaper than the EQA 250 but it has as a lot area inside and a barely longer vary.

What the Kia can’t provide you with is the splendid tech-laden inside the EQA offers.

Here you get precisely the identical double screens, sharp graphics and management system as within the GLA and different A-Class spin-offs. Easier to make use of than these fitted to VW’s I.D 3 and the newest I.D 4 SUV, the latter of which is one other new rival for the EQA.

The 0-62mph time is ­deceptive as a result of the EQA does its extra spectacular sprinting between 10 and 30mph and tails off in urgency as you get nearer 60.

And the highest pace is sensibly restricted to 99mph

The automobile’s actual forte is its silence.

What the bigger EQC lacked in driving pleasure it made up for with the enjoyable lack of noise, and it is the identical story with the smaller EQA.

At low speeds on the town about the one noise you’ll hear is the compulsory whirr that alerts pedestrians to your presence.

Very little wind noise on motorways both.

It makes use of radar and GPS to recognise pace limits

The automobile’s actual forte is its silence

The EQA makes use of the multi-hyperlink rear suspension that is fitted to the posher variations of the GLA. Its benefit is it offers the EQA extra exact dealing with and extra correct steering.

This is a two tonne automobile so don’t anticipate sports activities automobile reactions. The suspension may very well be set softer however the automobile is so effectively insulated in opposition to sound you may really feel the odd bump over a pothole or ridge however you gained’t hear a crash.

Our automobile was fitted with adaptive dampers which as a part of a £7,500 choices bundle isn’t price it, particularly because the Sport setting spoils the consolation.

One of the EQA’s handiest methods is its regenerative braking. Either management it through the steering wheel paddles or just use the auto setting which makes use of radar and GPS to recognise pace limits, site visitors, corners and roundabouts. It works very effectively.

If you’re a serial Merc proprietor eager to go electric, the EQA will slip into your life simply.

For others, the shortage of rear legroom and baggage area, and the value, will rule it out.

Instead have a look at rivals constructed as electric from the bottom up, just like the VW ID.4 and Ford Mach E.

They could not have the premium badge and interiors however they provide extra important benefits.


Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 Premium Plus, 5-door crossover

Serial Merc homeowners eager to go electric will prefer it

Price: £40,495

Engine: Single electric motor, 66.5 kWh battery, 187bhp

0-62 mph: 8.9 sec

Range: 263 miles


Volkswagen ID.4 First Edition

The Volkswagen ID.4 will set you again £40,800

Spacious, snug and efficient.

Kia e-Niro ‘4’

The Kia e-Niro ‘4’ is simply £36,395

Even the best spec model is less expensive, with extra vary and inside area.

Ford Mach E

The Ford Mustang Mach-E AWD is £40,350

Spacious, good to drive and a good vary. Just lacks the luxurious badge, however does that basically matter?

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