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Mercedes-Benz EQA review

Mercedes-Benz EQA summary

  • More affordable than its EQC sibling

  • Real world range of circa 220 miles

  • FWD and AWD options available

  • Premium cabin

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Mercedes-Benz EQA design & powertrain

The Mercedes-Benz EQA shares its body with the GLA.

It’s essentially a compact SUV based on the A-Class. The interior is also similar, and whilst there’s a good-sized boot of 340 litres, this is 95 litres smaller than the GLA.

The EQA 250 has a 66.5 kWh battery and a 190hp electric motor driving the front wheels, although all-wheel drive EQA models are also available.

The design is recognisably Mercedes-Benz and a safe bet for the auto-manufacturer, preferring to stay within established design principles.

What is the EQA like to drive?

Because the Mercedes-Benz EQA is electric, it’s quieter, more refined and has smoother acceleration than a petrol or a diesel GLA, so it’s better to drive around town and on longer journeys.

Although the EQA is an SUV, and so the body is higher than the A-Class, the battery is positioned in the floor, which helps to minimise roll when cornering. The EQA weighs 2040kg, which is more than the petrol model, but ride quality is good on smooth roads.

There are three drive modes – Eco, Comfort and Sport – and you can also adjust the rate of regenerative braking – with five levels – using steering wheel-mounted paddles.

The Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 is front-wheel drive but there are also all-wheel drive models which offer more grip.

The interior of the EQA 250 is similar to that in other Mercedes models, which means a mixture of shiny buttons and the latest technology, clear satnav mapping on the large central screen, and the option to configure the large instrument display in various ways. There’s also ambient interior lighting, which, in blue, seems very appropriate for an EV.

Mercedes-Benz EQA range and charging

The Mercedes-Benz EQA 250, with its 66.5 kWh battery, has an official WLTP electric driving range of 265 miles. However, our ‘real world’ testing found the figure of 220 miles to be a more realistic expectation.

The EQA can charge at a 100 kW (DC) public rapid charger, where a 10 to 80 per cent charge would take around 30 minutes.

It can also charge at 11 kW (AC) (which is likely to be found at a workplace using a three-phase electricity supply rather than at home in the UK), when a 10 to 100 per cent charge could be achieved in five hours and 45 minutes.

A three-year subscription to the Mercedes me Charge public charging service is available as standard.

Conclusion

Vehicles in the compact SUV segment are in-demand by car buyers, and the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 offers another choice for those wanting an electric option. It has a practical body style and because it’s all-electric, it’s good to drive.

There’s also a stylish and high-tech interior. However it may be the Mercedes-Benz badge that provides the most compelling reason to lease the EQA 250.

Choose your EQA

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Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 140kW AMG Line 66kWh 5dr Auto

  • £4,633 Initial rental (inc. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£515 Personal contract hire per month (inc. VAT)
  • £3,861 Initial rental (ex. VAT)
  • 48 Month term
  • 5000 Annual mileage
  • Subject to status and conditions + arrangement fee
£429 Business contract hire per month (ex. VAT)
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