Mercedes-Benz EQA Review 2023
Mercedes-Benz EQA At A Glance
The Mercedes-Benz EQA is the smallest electric car in the firm's 'EQ' sub-brand, an alphabetised range which spans from EQA all the way up to EQV. It might be the cheapest and most compact EV Mercedes makes, but it still costs from over £47,000. In this review we'll see if it can justify this premium price.
Mercedes-Benz is not shy when it comes to churning out new cars. It usually has the largest number of different bodystyles of any car company out there, with a full nine different models based off the A-Class (not including several other AMG variants). Yet just two of those compact A-Class-based cars are electric. Why is that?
Well, it can't escape your notice that the five-seat Mercedes EQA and seven-seat EQB are small SUVs. SUVs are very much on trend of course, but another reason these are the first compact models to go all-electric is that the tall bodies allow chunky battery packs to be wedged into the floor without the passenger compartment turning into a coffin.
It's the same reason why there's so many high-riding rivals to the EQA, including the Audi Q4 e-tron, the Volvo XC40 Recharge and the Lexus UX 300 e. Even lower-riding alternatives are still somewhat SUV-shaped, and these include the new Genesis GV60, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Polestar 2 and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
Mercedes-Benz won't thank us for calling the EQA a touch old-tech in its design, joining the XC40 and UX as being an electric car based upon a petrol and diesel car (the Mercedes GLA) rather than a bespoke, ground-up like many offerings.
But that hasn't stopped it delivering respectable range and efficiency, with a possible WLTP-rated 263 miles on a charge from its 66.5kWh battery. Rapid charging speeds are up to 100kW, which was decent a few years ago but is now behind the class best, although it'll still give you a 10 to 80 per cent charge boost in around 40 minutes.
With 190PS from an electric motor powering the front wheels only, the EQA 250 won't be much cop at racing Teslas away from the lights, as its modest 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds suggests. But it feels quicker than that, offering adequate performance for most needs but little to engage the keen driver. Happily, more powerful four-wheel drive EQA 300 and 350 variants are on the way.
The same applies to the overall driving experience, with excellent refinement but underwhelming handling and a ride that's soft but not as composed as we'd hoped. It's a little disappointing given the calibre of electric SUV rivals around these days.
Still, the EQA's best trait is how normal it feels - it's perfect if you want an electric car that doesn't feel totally alien compared to a petrol or diesel car. With the same classy, high-tech cabin as the EQA, plus a decent amount of space, it can slip into family life with ease. We just wish it was better to drive given how much it costs.
Looking for a second opinion? Why not read heycar's Mercedes-Benz EQA review.