Mercedes EQA range, battery & charging
With a strong real-world range, the Mercedes matches its rivals in this regard, but a Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 will top up faster
|Model||Range||Wallbox charge time||Rapid charge time|
|EQA 250||250-263 miles||10hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||37mins (10-80%, 100kW)|
|EQA 300 4MATIC||255-264 miles||10hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||37mins (10-80%, 100kW)|
|EQA 350 4MATIC||255-264 miles||10hrs 45mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)||37mins (10-80%, 100kW)|
The EQA offers strong real-world range for your money, especially given the car’s premium badge. However, if you want maximum bang for your buck, there are mainstream rivals that'll go further – the Volkswagen ID.4, Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona Electric, to name but a few.
Again, charging speeds for the EQA are competitive but not class-leading. However, the difference between 100 and 150kW public rapid charging isn’t as wide as you might imagine; the EQA takes just five minutes longer than a Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 to top up to 80% – despite its slower maximum charge speed. Every version of the EQA comes with two charging cables – one for wallbox and public charging points and another for domestic charging from a three-pin socket.
Mercedes EQA range
In theory, how far your EQA will go on a charge depends on which model and specification you choose. On paper, those with the larger wheels can’t quite match the distance claimed by the entry-level models.
Sport cars come with smaller 18-inch wheels and can, Mercedes claims, do 263 miles on a full charge. Top-spec AMG Line Premium Plus examples with the 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels will only return 255 miles before needing to be plugged in. For comparison, the more powerful, four-wheel-drive Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 will do around 260 miles and a Ford Mustang Mach-E up to 379 miles. In reality, of course, the car’s true range is more likely affected by things like driving style or ambient temperature.
During our time with the car (a cool but bright winter’s day) we saw over 200 miles on a full battery, and the range dropped pretty much in line with actual miles driven – despite a largely unsympathetic day’s testing. The varied settings for the regenerative braking help – in its stronger mode you can largely drive the EQA by simply modulating the accelerator pedal, rather than depending heavily on the friction brakes.
The days of 50kW being the maximum rate of rapid charging are fizzling out. Many electric models today are routinely capable of double that, while many can recharge at 150kW or more; the fastest charging speed of any production car (the Porsche Taycan) currently tops out at 270kW.
The Mercedes EQA strikes a decent balance, then, capable of charging at up to 100kW; topping up at a public rapid charge point will replenish the battery from 10-80% in 37 minutes. A Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 trumps the Mercedes with a 150kW maximum and can therefore do the same job in 33 minutes.
Most EQA buyers will charge at home, of course. If you’re lucky enough to have access to three-phase electrics, the Mercedes can accept an AC charge of 11kW – replenishing the car’s batteries in 7hrs 15mins. The more common 7kW home wallbox will complete a 0-100% fill in 10hrs 45mins, while a three-pin socket takes 34 hours to completely refill the battery.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Mercedes EQA is based on the combustion-engined GLA; it's a small electric SUV with up to 264 miles of range and 100kW rapid charging
- 2Range, battery & charging - currently readingWith a strong real-world range, the Mercedes matches its rivals in this regard, but a Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 will top up faster
- 3Running costs & insuranceAside from its lofty insurance-group rating, the Mercedes EQA should be a very cheap car to run
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Mercedes EQA is a quiet and predictable car to drive, but it’s not much fun; rivals are more engaging
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortEven the entry-level Mercedes EQA 250 Sport comes well equipped, with a solid, high-quality interior and lots of kit
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityCabin space is strong, but the Mercedes EQA's boot is on the small side – both compared to the petrol GLA and fully electric rivals
- 7Reliability & safety ratingEuro NCAP awarded the EQA five stars for crash safety, but it's still a bit early to pronounce on long-term reliability