Mercedes EQA review: running costs & insurance
Aside from its lofty insurance-group rating, the Mercedes EQA should be a very cheap car to run
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|38-45||3yrs/unlimited miles||1yr/15,000 miles||From £208/£416|
Most people buy an electric car to ease their environmental conscience, but 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) for now and falls into the very lowest 2% 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 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 EQA 250+ model sitting in group 38 out of 50. That said, you won’t pay much more to insure the top-spec EQA 250+ AMG Line Premium Plus as it sits in the same insurance group. The more powerful EQA 300 4MATIC and EQA 350 4MATIC however increase the insurance ratings as high as group 45 depending on the trim level.
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 currently zero-rated for road tax (VED) and escapes any fees for low-emission zones and the London Congestion Charge. However, both exemptions will end in 2025.
In This Review
- 1VerdictBased on the combustion-engined GLA, Mercedes' premium compact electric SUV offers up to 324 miles of range and strong refinement
- 2Range, battery & chargingBe careful which model you pick; newer, front-wheel drive versions offer big range improvements versus 4MATIC range toppers
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingAside 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+ 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