Mercedes new EQA is designed to appeal to a younger generation of eco-conscious motorists writes Geraldine Herbert
Why you will like it? The EQA is an electric version of the GLA crossover and travels 426km on a single charge.
Is it a looker? From the outside, the sleek exterior is instantly recognisable but the most noticeable difference that sets it apart from the GLA is the black radiator grille in place of the conventional one. The EQ blue headlamp strips and a distinctive fibre-optic strip running along front and rear reveal its Mercedes-EQ family membership.
On the inside? Inside is a thoughtful and luxurious interior with an intuitive entertainment system. The ‘Hey Mercedes’ driver assistance features all of the navigation and electric intelligence supports. Space is generally good front and back but rear passengers don’t fare quite so well. The 340-litre boot space may be a compromise that family buyers are not prepared to make.
Under the bonnet? The EQA 250 comes with 140 kW and a maximum range of 426km. In the pipeline are all-wheel-drive models with outputs of 200 kW or above, including one with a WLTP range above 500km.
On the road? The EQA is smooth and refined and while it is not the most dynamic nor the most agile it is ideal for cruising along motorways. It is also here where you start to fully appreciate the reliability of this car’s range as even motorway speeds do little to dent it.
What are my options? Our test car came equipped with two extra options; ARTICO leather macchiato beige/ black which was an additional €170 and Surround lighting with projection of brand logo at a cost of €187.
How safe is the EQA? The EQA is equipped with a host of safety features including an ‘active’ bonnet. Sensors in the bumper detect when a pedestrian has been struck and actuators lift the bonnet to create more space to the stiff structures in the engine compartment. The EQA scored maximum points in tests of its detection of cyclists too.
So what’s the verdict? The EQA combines electric power with the creature comforts we have come to expect from Mercedes but it is not cheap nor is it the most practical electric crossover. And while discerning Mercedes enthusiasts will welcome this new addition swaying buyers away from rivals that offer longer range and lower price tags will be a challenge.
The Good: Beautiful Interior, refined
The Gripes: Pricey, Not the most practical
PRICE FROM: €56,120 (as tested €56,477)
RANGE: 426 km
COMBINED POWER CONSUMPTION: 15.7 kWh/100 km
31st August 2021