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Brand New Mercedes-Benz EQA EQA 250 140kW AMG Line Premium 66.5kWh 5dr Auto

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£3499 deposit
£530 per month

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

11KW onboard chargerCruise control
DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (max range, ECO, comfort and sport)Easy-pack tailgate
EQ navigation services - map (range display), display charging stations, programming of charging settings and pre entry climate controlMBUX augmented reality for navigation
Mercedes Benz emergency call systemMercedes me connect
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android autoWireless charging system for mobile devices

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

Charging cable for wall box and public charging station - Type 2(mode 3) 5mCombined charging system CCS-2 connector
Comfort suspension with self levelling rear air suspension 

Entertainment

DAB Digital radioMBUX multimedia system with 10" Digital instrument cluster and 10" media display with touchscreen
Mercedes benz advanced sound system 

Exterior Features

AMG Line bodystyling including AMG front apron with integrated air curtain and AMG rear apron with diffusor opticsAuto dimming interior mirror
Black panel radiator grille with twin blade design in chromeElectric sliding sunroof
LED High performance headlamps with adaptive highbeam assistPolished aluminium roof rails
Privacy glass - heat insulating dark tinted glassRain sensor windscreen wipers
Surround lighting with projection of brand logo 

Interior Features

100KW DC onboard charger3 spoke AMG multifunction sports flat bottom steering wheel in nappa leather with galvanised shift paddles
40:20:40 split folding rear seatsAluminium with rubber studs stainless steel sports pedals
Ambient lighting with choice of 64 colour settingsAMG sports seats
Artico man-made leather/ Dinamica microfiber upholsteryCharging cable for domestic plug socket, Type G (Mode 2) 5m
Charging socketDouble Cupholder
Front and rear head restraintsHeated front seats
Illuminated door sills with EQA letteringRear armrest with storage + through load
Roof lining - Black fabricStowage compartment with retractable cover
Thermotronic automatic climate controlVelour floor mats with AMG lettering

Packs

Interior light package - EQAKeyless go comfort package - EQA
Mirror package - EQAParking package with reversing camera - EQA
Seat comfort pack - EQAStowage package - EQA

Passive Safety

3 rear seatbelts6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
ABSKnee bags

Security

Urban guard vehicle protection 

Trim

Light longitudinal grain aluminium trim painted 

Wheels

19" AMG 5 twin spoke light alloy wheelsSummer tyres
Tirefit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh66.5Battery Charge Slow kW11
Battery Charge Slow Percentage10-100Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)345
Battery Charge Fast kW100Battery Charge Fast Percentage10-100
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)30Battery TypeLithium-ion
Coupler/Connector TypeType 2NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles249
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage100000Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years8
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb18.6WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb3.3
WLTP - Pure Electric Range (km) - Comb408WLTP - Pure Electric Range (miles) - Comb254

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)0Noise Level dB(A)66
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CC1Gears1 SPEED
TransmissionAUTO 

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC0
Badge Power190Coin Description140kW 66.5kWh
Coin SeriesAmg Line PremiumGeneration Mark1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0744EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years2Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage15500Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)8.9Engine Power - BHP190
Engine Power - KW140Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM3600Engine Torque - LBS.FT277
Engine Torque - MKG38.2Engine Torque - NM375
Engine Torque - RPM1000Top Speed99

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelN/A

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleAMG 5 TWIN SPOKEWheel Type19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1624Length4463
Wheelbase2729Width1834
Width (including mirrors)2020 

Weight and Capacities

Gross Vehicle Weight2470Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1320
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)340Max. Loading Weight430
Max. Roof Load75Max. Towing Weight - Braked750
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750Minimum Kerbweight2040
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.4
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Mercedes-Benz EQA

The EQA brings Mercedes EVs into the mainstream. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

This is what the Mercedes of compact electric cars looks like. The EQA isn't the most sophisticated or longest-running small EV out there, but the Stuttgart maker is hoping that when it comes down to it, this will be the one that customers in search of a premium alternative would rather have.

Background

Mercedes has long needed a relatively affordable all-electric family hatchback. BMW has its i3. Audi has the Q4 e-tron, Volkswagen has the ID.3 and ID.4. Plus there's the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Skoda Enyak iV and the CUPRA el-Born. So Mercedes has pulled out all the stops to bring us this EQA. There wasn't time for the Stuttgart brand to construct a bespoke electric platform for this model of the kind that features on its competitors. So it must sit on the same MFA underpinnings as the compact GLA crossover it's based upon, a chassis not originally designed for full electrification. Quite a lot of work's had to go in then, to revise this platform to take the weight of this EQA's 66kWh drive battery. The pay-off though for Mercedes is that it means that this BEV can roll down the same German Rastatt production line as its GLA combustion engine counterparts. Let's take a look at what this car can offer.

Driving Experience

Setting off in this Mercedes feels all very normal. There's the same kind of starter button and column-mounted auto gear lever that you'd find in any normal combustion engine model in the Stuttgart maker's range. Mainstream versions of the EQA are based around a single powertrain and battery package, dubbed the 'EQA 250'. Here, a 66.5kWh battery pack and a single asynchronous electric motor sit on the front axle and produce a combined output of 188bhp and 375Nm of torque. Drive is through the usual fixed-ratio auto gearbox common to full-battery models. Like all EVs, the EQA shoots away from rest like a scalded cat as all the torque is developed all at once. And, like all EVs, it runs out of puff a little once the 62mph mark is passed (in 8.9s), eventually topping out at just 99mph. If you want to go faster in an EQA, you'll need to talk to your dealer about the two 4MATIC models, the EQA 300 (with 228hp) and the EQA 350 (with 292hp), the latter capable of 0-62mph in around 6 seconds. Our focus here though, is on the volume EQA 250 derivative and the stat you'll be most interested in with that particular variant is driving range, rated at 265 miles from a single charge (the 4MATIC models deliver much the same figure). That's not particularly noteworthy; to give you some segment perspective, a rival Volkswagen ID.3 with a 77kWh battery manages up to 341 miles. Expect longer range EQAs in the future. To maximise the range you do have, you'll need to make proactive use of the various brake regenerative energy harvesting modes on offer. The most aggressive setting is 'D - -', in which you feel sharp retardation whenever you come off the throttle. That's useful in town, meaning you hardly ever need to use the brakes, except when coming to a complete stop. The least aggressive setting is 'D+', in which the car coasts without any perceptible off-throttle braking, maintaining momentum.

Design and Build

As is intentional, there's a clear visual connection between this EQA and its combustion-engined GLA conventional showroom stablemates. The two cars share the same steel bodyshell and bumpers, but the electric variant gets its own unique blanked-off front grille and some other lightly altered details. A horizontal fibre-optic strip connects the daytime running lights of the full-LED headlamps, ensuring a high level of recognisability both in daylight and at night. Exclusive to this model are light-alloy wheels in a bi- or tri-colour design, up to 20 inches in size, in some cases with rose gold-coloured or blue decorative trim. The interior's very recognisable from the GLA too, though there are EQA-themed instrument and infotainment graphics across the distinctive bonded twin screens that dominate the front of the cabin. The rear seat's a bit different though, mainly because the floor level's had to be raised to accommodate the battery pack that's been inserted beneath, there's also a transmission tunnel-like ridge running down the cabin centre. At least legroom isn't compromised over a normal GLA. Out back, the usual 481-litre boot you get in a combustion-engined GLA has been compromised in size a little here (to 340-litres), but the useful 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat of the conventional car has been retained.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £43,500 for the EQA 250 and there are the usual Mercedes 'Sport', 'AMG Line', 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Premium Plus' trim levels on offer. The 4MATIC models don't get a 'Sport' trim option and start with the EQA 300 4MATIC 'AMG Line' at about £48,500; the EQA 350 350 4MATIC 'AMG Line' costs around £50,000. EQA 250 'Sport' models come as standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED High-performance headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, cruise control and a 'Parking package' with reversing camera. Inside, there's the brand's MBUX multimedia system with widescreen cockpit (two 10-inch digital displays with touchpad), plus smartphone integration including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There's also a 'Seat Comfort' package with electropneumatic four-way lumbar support for the heated front seats. Along with a multifunction sports steering wheel in leather, THERMOTRONIC automatic climate control and ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours. A range of Mercedes me connected services are also available. Safety features include Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and Blind Spot Assist. 'AMG Line' trim adds AMG Line bodystyling, 20-inch alloy wheels; sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather and DINAMICA microfibre, door sills illuminated with 'EQA' lettering, galvanised shift paddles, aluminium trim, aluminium pedals with rubber studs and 'AMG' floor mats. 'AMG Line Premium' variants get 19-inch AMG five-twin-spoke alloy wheels, an electrically-operated panoramic glass sunroof, a Keyless-Go Comfort package, an augmented reality navigation system, an advanced sound system and wireless charging for compatible smartphones. The 'AMG Line Premium Plus' model further includes 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels, a 360?? surround view camera, electrically adjustable damping suspension with speed-sensitive steering, a Burmester Surround Sound System, electrically adjustable front seats with memory function, a head-up display and the 'MBUX Interior Assistant' feature with gesture control.

Cost of Ownership

The elephant in the room here is driving range. The EQA 265 mile figure (which applies to both front and four-wheel driven models) really isn't that much more than you'd get from a Renault ZOE supermini EV from the next class down. And you're going to need to make pretty proactive use of the brake regenerative settings to achieve that. The EQA will at least support both 11kW AC and 100kW DC charging. The 100 kW DC on-board charger allows the car to charge from 10 to 80 per cent in around 40 minutes, and from 10 to 100 per cent in five hours and 45 minutes using an 11 kW wall box. Navigation with Electric Intelligence - included as standard on both trim levels - calculates the route that will get the driver to their destination fastest, taking into account charging times, and taking the stress out of route planning. A three-year subscription to the Mercedes me Charge public charging service is also available as standard. With Mercedes me Charge, customers have access to what is currently the world's biggest charging network: this currently comprises more than 450,000 AC and DC charging points across 3 countries. Mercedes me Charge allows customers convenient use of the charging stations of various providers, even when travelling abroad. By registering just once, they can benefit from an integrated payment function with a simple billing process. Mercedes me Charge enables customers to charge at more than 175,000 public charging points throughout Europe; Mercedes-Benz ensures a subsequent offset with green power.

Summary

So what do we think of the first small BEV Mercedes? Well, we'd expected that this EQA might go a little further on a single charge. But we'd also expected it might cost a little more than it does too. Both issues directly relate to the fact that, unlike its key competitors, Mercedes hasn't designed a purpose-built platform for this car. That makes it cheaper to produce and buy; but compromises engineering. You get the good with the bad. In a very Mercedes-like package. There's a feeling of cabin elegance, sophistication and quality here that many competitors struggle to match. And the compromises the battery system requires in terms of rear seat accommodation and boot space aren't too great. We can see why a potential customer might be swayed by the avant garde charms of a BMW i3 or a plusher Volkswagen ID.3. But the EQA is a car you'd be foolish not to carefully consider, were you to be looking at premium choices in this segment. One day soon, all premium compact hatches might very much be like this one. And looking at the EQA, that's maybe not such a bad prospect.

Performance
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Handling
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Comfort
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Styling
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Build
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Value
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Equipment
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Economy
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Depreciation
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Insurance
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Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£530
Deposit£3499
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate3.82%
Cash price£49,590
Credit amount£43,891
Completion fee£10
Guaranteed future value£23,685.20
Total amount payable£54,834.20
Mercedes-Benz deposit£2200
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge19.0p per mile
Representative APR3.9%
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† Figures for fuel consumption, the CO2 produced, and/or the pure electric range are provided for comparative purposes only and are based on laboratory testing. The actual figures under real world driving conditions will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions, vehicle load and the health of the battery.