Mercedes EQA review - Engines, performance and drive
If you’re after comfort and refinement, then the EQA certainly delivers, but you’ll have to pay handsomely to access the extra pace of the more powerful versions
The roots of the EQA can be traced back to the GLA compact SUV and it would seem that Mercedes has prioritised comfort and refinement for the electric car, rather than aspiring to deliver too much in the way of sporting ability. Decent levels of regenerative braking mean that you can drive mostly with one pedal, which makes trips around town a little easier, too.
The EQA handles in a predictably safe and secure fashion, but the light steering lacks feel and the car is inclined to wallow through the twisty stuff. It means that keen drivers won’t particularly relish time behind the wheel. On our test we noticed a high-pitched whine under harder acceleration, which proved to be a minor irritation, while the throttle was sometimes difficult to modulate, meaning that achieving a constant speed in town traffic was harder than it should've been.
All EQA models come with Mercedes’ Comfort suspension, although there is the option of upgrading to the Premium Plus trim which features adaptive dampers to help deliver a more spirited drive. That said, this tech fitted to our test car had little impact on the EQA’s driving dynamics, and we’d generally query whether the top specification is worth the extra outlay.
Anyone that’s driven an all-electric car will probably appreciate the instant hit of torque and rapid acceleration from a standing start, and the EQA doesn’t disappoint in this regard - just don’t expect supercar-rivalling sprints off the line. For those seeking a little more sure-footedness on the road, the all-wheel-drive EQA 4MATIC versions will offer some appeal, although the front-wheel drive car feels more nimble and is the lighter option by some 65kg.
Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed
All EQA versions have the same 66.5kWh battery capacity, but there are three individual power outputs to choose from. The front-wheel-drive 250 variant produces 187bhp and is capable of 0-62mph in 8.9s, with a top speed limited to 99mph.
Moving further up the range, the 225bhp EQA 300 4MATIC manages the same sprint in 7.7 seconds, while the top-of-the-range 288bhp 350 4MATIC is quite a bit quicker, taking just 6.0s from 0-62mph.
In this review
- 1Mercedes EQA reviewYou’ll be impressed with the premium feel of the Mercedes EQA, but versatile rivals offer a more complete all-electric package
- 2Engines, performance and drive - currently readingIf you’re after comfort and refinement, then the EQA certainly delivers, but you’ll have to pay handsomely to access the extra pace of the more powerful versions
- 3Range, charging & running costsThe EQA has a reasonable range and decent charging capability, but will be expensive to insure
- 4Interior, design and technologyIt’s the usual premium fare inside the Mercedes EQA, while the infotainment system is a real highlight
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Mercedes EQA offers a high level of comfort, but a small boot might put off some buyers
- 6Reliability and safetyExcellent levels of safety kit and decent warranty cover should inspire confidence in EQA customers