Mercedes EQA electric car: new dual-motor AWD model prices and specs revealed
The Mercedes EQA electric car will soon be available with a new dual-motor, all-wheel-drive system. Read on for more details.
- New Mercedes EQA on sale now
- New dual-motor model detailed
- Entry-level car costs from £44,495
- Up to 264 miles of range
- Long-range EQA in the pipeline
The Mercedes EQA is the latest in Mercedes’ ever-growing lineup of electric cars. This electric version of the Mercedes GLA is an alternative to the likes of the BMW iX3, VW ID.4 and the upcoming Tesla Model Y. It’ll also cost less than the existing Mercedes EQC SUV, despite having a greater range.
New Mercedes EQA prices and specs
Entry-level ‘Sport’ models will set you back £44,495. These versions come with automatic headlights, cruise control and a reversing camera.
The next rung on the Mercedes EQA range ladder is the AMG Line spec, which costs from £45,995. EQAs in this guise get remodeled bumpers, 20-inch alloy wheels and different interior trim, including posh brushed-metal bits. There’s also an optional £3,000 Premium pack that adds a more high-tech infotainment system with wireless phone charging, upgraded satellite navigation and a beefier stereo.
There’s also a flagship AMG Premium Plus spec, which includes kit such as a panoramic sunroof, a 12-speaker sound system and a 360-degree parking camera. These AMG Premium Plus models are the most expensive Mercedes EQAs you can buy right now, and they’ll set you back from £51,995.
New Mercedes EQA design
The new Mercedes EQA is based on the GLA, but Mercedes has made plenty of changes to make sure you can tell them apart – the most obvious being a new front-end.
There’s no grille – electric cars don’t need big grilles, because they don’t have a hot engine that needs cooling. Instead, you get a big piece of shiny plastic, with a small air intake underneath – just like on the bigger EQC.
The full-width daytime running light between the headlights has also been inspired by the EQC (though you can also get one on a Volkswagen Golf).
It’s a bit trickier to tell the Mercedes EQA from the GLA when you look at it from the side, but the EQA does get some tweaked side skirts and a set of new alloy wheels. These kick-off at 18 inches and go up to 20-inches, and they’ve all been designed to cut through the air better than the alloys on a GLA to help you drive further between charges.
The designers have been busy at the back, too. You get some new brake lights and another full-width light bar. And, because this takes up a lot of space on the bootlid Mercedes had to move the number plate down onto the bumper instead.
New Mercedes EQA interior and infotainment
The new EQA’s interior is basically the same as the GLA’s cabin. It has the same simple layout and an almost identical dual-screen infotainment system as standard. This means you get two small seven-inch screens as standard.
Thankfully, most versions get a pair of larger 10-inch displays that look much nicer. There’s also the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice command feature, which tries its best to understand commands spoken in plain English. Although, this system isn’t as good as BMW’s personal assistant.
Sat-nav comes as standard, and it’ll let you program routes according to where the fastest charging points are located, and how much charge you want to have in reserve when you arrive.
If you want 64-colour ambient lighting in a basic GLA it’ll cost you £3,000 as part of the Premium Pack, but this comes as standard in the EQA, along with a new mood-lit dashboard.
Depending on which version of the EQA you go for, you can also get rose gold trim on the air vents. And you can get seats with matching trim made from recycled plastic bottles. Like most electric cars, the EQA is a five-seater. So, if you’re after a small 7-seat EV, you’ll just have to wait for the Tesla Model Y…
New Mercedes EQA performance
The performance of your Mercedes EQA depends very much on which version you go for. At the time of writing, three models are available: a front-wheel drive EQA 250 with 190hp, an all-wheel drive EQA 300 that produces 228hp and a range-topping EQA 350 that has 292hp at its disposal.
Mercedes claims the EQA 250 can accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds, which is about the same as a regular GLA 200 with a 163hp petrol engine. The more powerful EQA 300 is quicker still, completing the same sprint in 7.7 seconds, whereas the EQA 350 has the best acceleration of them all with a 0-60mph time of less than 6 seconds. All versions are limited to a top speed of 99mph.
The standard Mercedes EQA gets conventional suspension, but you can pay extra for adaptive suspension. This lets you choose from soft, comfortable settings, or you can firm everything up to make the EQA feel sportier to drive. Just don’t expect it to feel like an AMG A45 hot hatch – it’s still a 2-tonne electric SUV after all…
New Mercedes EQA range and charging
While it doesn’t have the greatest electric range you’ll find in a small electric SUV, the Mercedes EQA is still able to cover a pretty decent amount of ground between charges. Mercedes claims all versions of the EQA have around 250 miles of range, but drive carefully and you should be able to eke out 264 miles of range according to official WLTP tests.
This means the Mercedes EQA can travel further between charges than the larger and more expensive Mercedes EQC SUV, which has a range of up to 252 miles. Making this more impressive is the fact the EQA’s 66.5kWh battery is quite a bit smaller than the 80kWh one you’ll find in the EQC.
Because all versions of the Mercedes EQA use the same battery, charging times are identical across the board. It’ll take half an hour to recharge the battery from 10% to 80% using a 100kW rapid charging point. A recharge from 10% to 100% using an 11kW charger or equivalent domestic wall-box unit takes five hours and 45 minutes.
While there’s no word yet on when it will arrive, Mercedes has confirmed a long-range version of the EQA is coming. This model is claimed to have 310 miles of range, which puts it on par with long-range versions of alternatives such as the Audi Q4 e-tron (up to 316 miles) and the upcoming Tesla Model Y (up to 314 miles).
New Mercedes EQA safety and driver assistance
You can rest easy knowing the Mercedes EQA comes with loads of clever safety tech. You get all the basic stuff, such as automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist, as standard but there’s also a system that’ll spot pedestrians in the road. And, it can warn you if it spots someone on the pavement who looks like they’re about to step onto a zebra crossing. It’ll also alert you if you’re about to open your car door into pedestrians or cyclists.
On top of that, you can also get Mercedes’ latest adaptive cruise control, so the EQA can accelerate, brake and steer for you on motorways. And, it can even leave a gap on motorways to allow emergency vehicles past. It can also tell if you’re coming up to a hill, a roundabout or a sharp corner using data from the sat nav and it’ll adjust how much regenerative braking to use depending on the road ahead.
If you’re coming up to a junction, it’ll slow the car down for you, but if you’re getting close to a hill it’ll let the car coast along so you don’t lose all your momentum.
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