Mercedes EQA electric car on sale from £40,495: prices and specs revealed

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
February 08, 2021

The Mercedes EQA electric car is on sale now, priced from £40,495. This new electric SUV has 265 miles of range, a 190hp electric motor. Read on for more details. 

  • New Mercedes EQA revealed
  • Small Electric SUV
  • Based on the existing GLA
  • On sale now
  • Priced from £40,495
  • Revised design
  • Subtle interior upgrades
  • EQA 250 model on sale first
  • 0-60mph in 8.9 seconds
  •  265-mile range (WLTP)
  • 4WD model coming soon
  • Long-range version in development
Watch our Mercedes EQA Top 10 video

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

The new Mercedes EQA electric car is on sale now. Entry-level ‘Sport’ models will set you back £40,495 – that’s including the Governent’s £3,000 plug-in car grant. These versions come with automatic headlights, cruise control and a reversing camera.

Step up to the £41,995 AMG Line model (price includes the £3,000 grant) and you get remodelled 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.

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.

You don’t get this full-width running light on a GLA…

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.

No fake exhausts here, thank goodness.

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.

Watch our Mercedes GLA review

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.

The infotainment screens get new EQA-specific graphics. 

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

At first, you’ll only be able to buy an EQA 250 model. 

At first, you’ll only be able to get the EQA with one choice of motor and battery. This model is called the EQA 250 and it comes with a single electric motor with 190hp and 375Nm of torque. This lives under the bonnet and drives the front wheels. It’ll accelerate from 0-60mph in 8.9 seconds, which is about the same as a regular GLA 200 with a 163hp petrol engine.

Weight is the reason the new, more powerful car isn’t any quicker – the EQA weighs just over two tonnes, which is 370kg heavier than a GLA 200.

Expect Mercedes to prioritise comfort over sportiness.

The standard Mercedes EQA gets regular coil springs and dampers. 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

The new EQA has a greater range than the larger EQC.

The new Mercedes EQA can do a pretty impressive 265 miles on a charge according to the latest WLTP tests (which are stricter than the old NEDC tests.) This means the EQA can actually manage a few more miles than the bigger (and more expensive) EQC.

It uses a 66.5kW battery that’s fitted under the floor, so it doesn’t take up any boot space. It’ll take just under 6 hours to charge from 10% to 100% using an 11kW wall box. You can also plug it into a 100kW public fast charger, which will recharge it from 10% to 80% full in half an hour.

Watch our EV range-test, featuring the Mercedes EQC

Mercedes is planning to make a long-range version that can do more than 310 miles on a single charge. That’s about the same as a Tesla Model Y Long Range, which can manage 314 miles before needing more juice.

New Mercedes EQA four-wheel drive

A four-wheel drive EQA is coming soon.

Mercedes is going to make a sportier version of the EQA with two electric motors. This will keep the first electric motor under the bonnet, but it’ll add another one under the boot floor to drive the rear wheels to make it four-wheel drive.

This version will have around 270hp, so it should be a whole lot quicker than the standard EQA, but it’ll probably still be slower than the 306hp AMG GLA 35. That’ll cover the 0-60mph sprint in 5.2 seconds. And you can bet that the second motor will eat into boot space, too. So, this faster model probably won’t be as practical as a normal EQA, either.

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.

Can’t wait for the new EQA to go on sale? Compare the latest electric car offers or check out the best Mercedes deals available through carwow. Not sure which model is right for you? Let carwow help you find your ideal new car.

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