Mercedes EQA running costs
Aside from its lofty insurance-group rating, the Mercedes EQA should be a very cheap car to run
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|44-45||3yrs / unlimited miles||1yr / 15,000 miles||From £87 / £174|
Most people buy an electric car to ease their environmental conscience, but it goes without saying that there are cost savings, too. Road tax and company-car liability are the obvious ones – like all electric cars, the EQA is exempt from vehicle excise duty (VED) and falls into the very lowest bracket for Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax.
When it comes to running costs, then, EQA is competitive in all areas apart from one: insurance. As it's a brand-new, well equipped and technically advanced model with a Mercedes badge on the bonnet, you’ll pay through the nose to insure one. Be sure to get some quotes before signing on the dotted line; if you live in a high-risk area or have points on your licence, these costs could negate any savings you make elsewhere.
Mercedes EQA insurance group
The painful reality is that, for the time being at least, some electric cars have higher insurance-group ratings than their petrol or diesel equivalents. This is likely down to the relatively new technology and the fact that fewer technicians are currently qualified to work on them should you have an accident or something go wrong.
These higher insurance costs plague the EQA in particular, with even the entry-level Sport model sitting in group 44 out of 50. That said, you won’t pay much more to insure the top-spec AMG Line Premium Plus, which is only one group higher (group 45) than the basic version.
This isn’t true for all electric models, however. A Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 First Edition, despite the fact it has more than twice the power and costs almost £20,000 more to buy, sits in group 42, while the more affordable R-Design variant is in group 32. The Volkswagen ID.4 sits in group 31.
Like all Mercedes models, the EQA gets a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. That’s competitive in this area of the market, although Kia and Hyundai (among others) offer much longer guarantees if you’re prepared to sacrifice the EQA’s premium badge. In addition to the standard manufacturer warranty, the battery is covered for eight years or 100,000 miles. This is the industry standard and on par with rivals.
Mercedes says you need to service the EQA every year or 15,000 miles, whichever comes first. But as is the case with many new cars, you’ll get a message alert on the dashboard (or via the Mercedes Me smartphone app) reminding you before the service is due.
Like all electric cars, the Mercedes EQA is exempt from conventional road tax, and escapes any fees for low-emission zones and the London Congestion Charge (the latter until 2025). While company-car drivers can no longer avoid Benefit-in-Kind tax completely, electric cars such as the EQA are subject to a menial 1% charge in the 2021/22 tax year, resulting in a payment of as little as £174 a year for higher-rate earners.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Mercedes EQA is the maker’s second EQ-branded electric car; based on the GLA, it’s a small SUV with a 263-mile range and 100kW rapid charging
- 2Range, battery & chargingWith a strong real-world range, the Mercedes matches its rivals in this regard, but a Volvo XC40 P8 will charge faster
- 3Running costs - currently readingAside from its lofty insurance-group rating, the Mercedes EQA should be a very cheap car to run
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Mercedes EQA is a quiet and predictable car to drive, but it’s not much fun; rivals are more engaging
- 5Interior & comfortEven the entry-level Mercedes EQA Sport comes well equipped, with a solid, high-quality interior and lots of kit
- 6Practicality & boot spaceCabin 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 & safetyAs it's so new, there are no independent reliability or safety ratings for the EQA, but Mercedes has a good reputation in these areas, so expect a strong showing