If you can smash $ 50,000 on an electric SUV, this is your year. There are all new models to choose from: the Volkswagen ID.4, the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Skoda Enyaq iV and the Nissan Ariya will not be long in coming. If you traditionally drive expensive and in German, you are automatically dependent on the Mercedes EQA, because Audi and BMW do not participate in this part of the market. The cheapest E-Tron or iX3 only starts at 68 grand.
Mercedes EQA is lagging behind
Mercedes is too fast for Audi and BMW. Yet the brand is lagging behind. Models such as the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Nissan Ariya and Volkswagen ID.4 are on a brand new platform specially designed for electric models. From day one, the large and heavy battery pack and the small electric motors have been taken into account. This creates cars with very spacious cabins and futuristic dashboards. Gone is the oppressive center tunnel – driver and co-driver can exuberantly fool around. Mercedes is also working on such a modern bottom group for electric cars, but the EQA does not benefit from that. The scoop goes to the electric flagship, the Mercedes EQS.
The EQA is the electric brother of the Mercedes GLA. They look the same, except for the dense grille, the horizontal strip of light connecting the LED headlights, and the funky rear lights. The electric motor is located where the combustion engine is located and the battery pack consists of five modules that are rotated and stacked to fit under the occupants. As a result, the legroom in the back seat is not great. With a basic price of 49,995 euros, the Mercedes EQA is only slightly more expensive than the cheapest GLA. This is striking, because the fully electric version of a model often costs thousands of euros more.
The Mercedes is familiar, expensive and chic
Other manufacturers are seizing the arrival of their new electric model to introduce a futuristic dashboard. Mercedes already had that. It’s a rich feeling to look at the two widescreen displays, turbine-like air vents and shiny switches. It all feels familiar, expensive and chic. We also consider that you are a bit tight between the door panel and the old-fashioned center tunnel.
The Volvo XC40 Recharge is also of the old school, so it has a well-known dashboard with a center tunnel and is also available with a combustion engine. But where Volvo opts for a fantastic powertrain with two electric motors, 408 hp and 660 Nm, Mercedes takes it easy with the EQA 250. It has one electric motor and is 190 hp and 373 Nm strong. Sprinting from 0 to 100 km / h it does in 8.9 seconds. Those are downright good numbers for an electric SUV.
“The Mercedes EQA and the Volvo XC40 Recharge are of the old school.”
Yet the electric Mercedes is not a Pudding Tarzan. It accelerates smoothly and reacts strongly to the accelerator pedal in sport mode. Unlike the XC40 Recharge, it doesn’t feel that bulky. He is, but you don’t feel that clearly. However, the EQA 250 relies above all on its comfort. The quiet cabin, comfortable seats and supple suspension provide a relaxed driving experience. Unlike the introverted Volvo XC40 Recharge, the Mercedes EQA floods its driver with stories of its electric performance. Power consumption is expressed in graphs, animations and pie charts. The EV driver who is always looking for ways to get further on a battery charge, loves that.
Mercedes EQA range testing
The battery is 66.5 kWh. Mercedes has a range of 424 kilometers there. We have conducted our own action range test and at 100 km / h arrive at 342 kilometers. The range at 130 km / h is 250 kilometers. That’s acceptable, but not great. Mercedes is working on an EQA with a longer driving range for frequent drivers. Speaking of continuing: at 130 km / h, an annoying whistling of the driving wind can be heard around the otherwise quiet cabin. We heard it continuously, regardless of wind or driving direction.
The EQA charges quickly with 100 kW, says Mercedes. But that’s a lie. With us it went with 110 kW! With an electric car you rarely see that the numbers turn out better in practice than in the folder. For example, charging from 10 to 80 percent takes only half an hour. That does not detract from the fact that the ID.4 and the Ariya charge a little faster in theory. The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is even rated for a charging speed of 220 kW – or double the EQA.
Electric Intelligence is incredibly useful
When it comes to fast charging on long journeys, the EQA has a secret weapon: a navigation system with Electric Intelligence. After entering your destination, the system will start calculating. How far is the drive, how much power does it cost and where is the best place to stop to recharge? For example, if you were to drive to Berlin, the navigation system will indicate where you need to charge and how long it will take. First 24 minutes here and then 19 minutes there. He always ensures that you arrive with at least 20 percent. That is a safe buffer.
By the way, the EQA takes that lower limit of 20 percent terribly seriously. Sometimes it sends you via a fast charger because otherwise you will arrive at your destination with 17 percent. Even if that destination is a fast-charging station… It’s funny to see that Electric Intelligence can beat you up too. The car itself sometimes proposes to drive in Eco mode and thus prevent further charging stops. You only have to agree by tapping the screen once.
“The EQA charges quickly with 100 kW,” says Mercedes. But that’s a lie. With us it went with 110 kW! ”
In April, the Mercedes EQA 250 will be at the dealer for a starting price of 49,995 euros. The limited Edition 1 version with the striking 20-inch wheels with copper-colored accents, light gray leather upholstery and blue trim that you see in the photos is 6,667 euros more expensive. You can thank for that, reserve at least 2783 euros for the Advanced package that extends the standard screens to the beautiful
10.25-inch displays. This makes the dashboard at its best. In the electrical field, the EQA may not stand out, when it comes to comfort, luxury and finish, Mercedes is still top.
The Mercedes EQA 250 is a luxurious feeling, comfortable driving and smart EV that helps you calculate where you need to fast charge on the road. It does that even faster than promised. The dashboard comes from the GLA, so it’s modern and familiar. But if you make the switch to electric driving, is ‘familiar’ what you want? I would shop at the progressive brands. In this segment, these are not Mercedes, Audi and BMW, but Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen.
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