- Effortless to drive
- Quiet and comfortable
- Trademark excellent interior and infotainment
- Small boot and compromised rear seats
- Rivals have a longer range
- ... and charge quicker
Petrol and diesel Mercedes cars will rapidly become a thing of the past but on the evidence of the EQA that's not such a bad thing – in fact, it's a mobile billboard for why all Mercedes cars should be electric cars. It's a rival to cars like the Audi Q4 e-tron, Volkswagen ID.4 and the Ford Mustang Mach E. Find out how it fairs in our Mercedes-Benz EQA review.
Electric power fits the Mercedes brief like a glove. Silent motors ramp up the comfort factor and their lazy instantaneous power takes the stress out of modern driving. In some respects, this small electric SUV is even more relaxing to drive than the firm's halo Mercedes S-Class saloon. Range and charge times will more often than not be a non-issue so long as you have a purpose built wall charger at home.
The Mercedes EQA thrives in town. You can drive it into the London Congestion Zone free of charge and its regenerative brakes mean it's at its most efficient in stop-start traffic. You get a good view out, it's easy to park and its raised suspension means you won't rip the underside of your car off every time you tackle a speed hump.
Long motorway drives will see the range plunge by comparison, but the Mercedes EQA's quiet cabin makes it a relaxing place to sit and the optional autonomous driving aids take a large portion of the monotony out of big trips.
If you're going to be spending hours behind the wheel, you may as well be doing it in a cabin that's as nice as the EQA's mixture of big and colourful infotainment screens, nice materials and neat details. Mercedes' MBUX voice activation system is relatively unique in the motoring world in that it actually works and you get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto fitted as standard.
The EQA's based on the same platform as the conventional Mercedes GLA so you don't get the same spacey feel as you get in electric cars that have been designed from scratch and the boot is also relatively small. On the upside, there's plenty of room for tall adults and no shortage of smaller interior storage space.
Electric cars will soon become unavoidable and the Mercedes EQA shows us there's nothing to fear – it's one of the best small electric cars currently on sale and a reassuring sign of what's to come in the next ten years from Mercedes.
Is the Mercedes EQA right for you?
We'd only choose the Mercedes-Benz EQA if you have somewhere at home to charge it, where you'll get the benefit of cheap electricity and the convenience of having a full battery every time you leave the house. The Mercedes EQA blends decent practicality with a posh interior and its electric power makes it an easy, quiet and comfortable car to drive.
What’s the best Mercedes-Benz EQA model/engine to choose?
We would choose the basic 188PS EQA 250 model which has plenty of performance for everyday use and a decent range of 263 miles. The Mercedes EQA AMG Line trim is worth paying a little bit extra for because it give your Mercedes EQA sharper looks than the EQA Sport model, which is a blank canvas in terms of styling.
All Mercedes EQA models have front seats that move for height and have extending thigh support and this, combined with the steering wheel's wide range of adjustment, means all shapes and sizes can get a comfortable driving position.
Mercedes EQA sport models get Artico (vegan) leather seats and Spiral-look trim pieces, while Mercedes EQA AMG Line cars get upholstery made from a mixture of Artico and Dinamica microfibre, plus they have AMG door sill plates that glow invitingly at night.
Mercedes EQA AMG Line Premium models are even more convenient. They have keyless entry and start so you can get into and start the car without having to rifle your pockets for the key. Once in, you'll appreciate the panoramic glass roof that floods the interior with light and the handy wireless charging pad that means you can charge your phone without trailing cables through the interior.
Quality and finish
The Mercedes EQA feels posh inside with soft-touch plastics on all the higher parts of the interior, chrome finishes and Mercedes' trademark turbine-style air vents. Mercedes EQA AMG Line models are worth considering because they ramp up the poshness of the interior with leather-look padding for the dashboard and sporty red stitching. Metal pedals and a steering wheel trimmed in Nappa leather follow a similar theme.