The Mercedes EQA is the stylish electric car we all need
The EQA is the entry-level Mercedes-EQ vehicle and it is impressive.
Written by: Rahil Hashmi
Mercedes have just unveiled a new electric car and it has the potential to change the electric car market as a whole. It’s called the EQA and it is now the entry-level Mercedes-EQ vehicle. Although UK prices are still to be confirmed, Mercedes have announced that the EQA will start from €47,540 in Germany- this equates to roughly £42,000 and $57,500.
The EQA promises to offer customers the perfect combination of practicality, style and performance.
Currently, only one model of EQA exists, the EQA 250. It is powered by a 190hp electric motor which gives the car an impressive 486km (301 miles) of range. More variants are to follow in the near future including EQAs with over 265hp and more than 500km of range.
This means 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 99mph. These figures may be a tad underwhelming but let us not forget that this is a compact SUV.
For journeys which exceed the EQA’s range, there is what Mercedes like to call “Navigation with Electric Intelligence”. This clever piece of software calculates the fastest route to your destination whilst also factoring in charging times. Moreover, the system has the ability to adapt to its surroundings so if you are in a slow-moving traffic situation, necessary adjustments will be made to your route to maximise efficiency. This feature is fitted as standard to all EQAs.
Mercedes offer a charging service called “Mercedes me Charge”. This gives drivers access to over 175,000 public charging points in Europe alone. This, tied together with the Navigation with Electric Intelligence system, does make driving the EQA a lot less stressful than driving other electric vehicles- it is pretty well though out.
It takes just 30 minutes to charge the EQA at QA rapid-charging station. However, if you only have access to a standard wall box, you’ll need to wait for approximately 5 hours and 45 minutes.
During the design phase, Mercedes wanted to ensure that the EQA would be easily recognisable as an EQ vehicle whilst also letting everyone know that it is the entry-level electric Mercedes SUV.
This is why it features all of the proportions and character lines of the GLA whilst also implementing some of the more modern and unique features from the EQC such as the “Black Panel” radiator grille.
Fitted to the EQA are also two continuous light strips, one at the front and one at the rear- this is yet another one of the unique design traits of an EQ vehicle. The rear brake lights seamlessly connect with the light bar which gives the EQA a very distinct look.
Inside is an almost exact replica of the GLA and this is not necessarily a bad thing.
The interior is dominated by the two massive screens which actually hide under the same piece of glass which gives the illusion that it is one massive screen. Some manufacturers are now choosing to try and hide their air vents but Mercedes haven’t chosen to follow this trend with the GLA and EQA. The vents themselves are absolutely massive and they give an incredibly luxurious feel.
Where the EQA differs from other models when it comes to the interior are the hints that it is an electric vehicle. These hints tend to be in he form of something rather high-tech. For example, with certain equipment lines, a back-lit trim element will be included. The interior also features rosé gold accents to the seats, air vents and the key.
As standard, the Mercedes EQA comes with a lot of the most popular features which would normally be optional extras. You get 18-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting with 64 colours, an electrically operated tailgate, LED High Performance headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, seats with four-way adjustable lumbar support, a rear-view camera and more
There are two design and equipment lines to choose from: Electric Art and the AMG Line. Unfortunately, the Electric At package will not be available in the UK.
The Mercedes-Benz EQA is the cheapest electric vehicle to come from the German manufacturer and yet it still possesses the same amount of style, luxury and driving pleasure as other Mercedes models.
It will be interesting to see how the EQA will affect sales of the more dominant entry-line electric SUVs such as the Tesla Model 3.