Mercedes EQA review - Range, charging and running costs
The EQA has a reasonable range and decent charging capability, but will be expensive to insure
Mercedes claims the EQA has a maximum range of 264 miles from a single charge, although this figure drops to around 250-255 miles for versions equipped with the Premium Plus trim level.
Real-world range for all-electric cars can depend on a number of different factors, including weather variations, driving style, vehicle load and even the starting charge of the battery and what optional equipment the car is fitted with. We managed over 200 miles in our EQA test car during pretty chilly weather and found the trip computer to be reassuringly accurate - staying true to the amount of ground we’d actually covered. This will be of particular benefit to anyone with high levels of range anxiety when driving a battery-powered car.
Charging capability of up to 100kW is decent enough, but the EQA again trails the Volvo XC40 P8 and Ford Mustang Mach-E which offer up 150kW charging power. It should take around 30 minutes to replenish the EQA’s battery from 10-80% using a public rapid charger, and just over 7 hours from empty to full with 11kW three-phase charging.
Compared to the combustion-engined GLA model, the EQA will be quite expensive to insure. The EQA 250 cars sit in group 42-44, depending on which trim level you choose, while the GLA range starts from group 27 and only climbs above group 40 for the performance-orientated AMG versions.
The 225bhp EQA 300 4MATIC is in group 46, with the 288bhp 350 4MATIC variants rated in groups 47-48.
Specific residual value data isn’t yet available for the Mercedes EQA, but it should prove to be a safe bet in terms of depreciation. Its fossil-fuelled GLA sibling still maintains a healthy average of around 55% of its original value after a typical three-year/36,000-mile ownership period, and the larger, all-electric EQC fares even better at closer to 58% retained over the same period.
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 driveIf 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 costs - currently readingThe 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