2021 Mercedes EQA electric SUV revealed: price, specs and release date

New Mercedes EQA electric SUV can travel for up to 310 miles on a single charge and has a high-tech interior...

2021 Mercedes EQA front

On sale Summer 2021 | Price from £42,000 (est)

Electric Mercedes cars really are like buses. A short time ago, there wasn’t a single one to choose from, and now there’s two – and the newest entrant into the brand’s growing zero-emissions line-up is this Mercedes EQA family SUV.

Joining the larger – and well received – EQC luxury SUV, the EQA is the second of 10 electric vehicles that the brand plans to launch by 2025 as part of its new EQ sub-brand.

Based on the same underpinnings as the existing GLA SUV, the EQA offers a sleek and futuristic look, albeit one that has changed dramatically from the original EQA concept car shown in 2017. For one thing, that concept was a hatchback, but the car you’ll be able to buy in the summer has morphed into a family SUV. These are extremely popular in the UK for their practicality and high seating positions.

2021 Mercedes EQA rear

2021 Mercedes EQA power and range

In entry-level form, the front-wheel-drive EQA 250’s single electric motor provides 188bhp and 277lb ft of torque and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.9sec, with a limited top speed of 99mph. However, buyers seeking faster versions won’t have long to wait, because Mercedes has already confirmed that it will offer a whole family of EQA models, with range-topping versions developing 268bhp and including an additional electric motor to drive the rear axle, making them four-wheel drive.

The EQA’s energy is stored in a 66.5kWh battery. A maximum charging rate of 100kW allows a 10-80% top-up in around 30 minutes using a suitably powerful public rapid charger, while the battery can be fully charged in less than six hours using an 11kW charging point.

The EQA 250 has an official WLTP-certified range of up to 265 miles, although as with all electric cars, the EQA’s real-world range can be expected to be a little bit less. For now, the rival Kia e-Niro remains at the top of the leaderboard for range in this category with an impressive official range of up to 282 miles, but that crown will be taken before long, because Mercedes has also confirmed that a version of the EQA with an official range of 310 miles will go on sale soon.

For those looking for an electric vehicle that can be used to tow, the EQA has a towing capacity of up to 750kg, and while this isn’t quite enough for your next caravanning holiday, you can still comfortably tow a small trailer or install a bike rack.

2021 Mercedes EQA interior

2021 Mercedes EQA interior

Inside, you’ll find either two 7.0in displays or two 10.3in displays for the digital instruments and infotainment system, depending on your spec, both running Mercedes’ MBUX infotainment system, which has impressed us in other models, including the latest A-Class and GLA.

There’s 340 litres of boot space on offer in the EQA – slightly less than in the A-Class family hatchback and well down on the rival e-Niro. Still, that should comfortably be enough for a couple of carry-on suitcases or the weekly shop. In addition, the rear seats split and fold in a 20/40/20 arrangement should you need it.

Standard kit is generous, with 18in alloy wheels, a reversing camera and LED lighting all coming as standard. Additional equipment can be found in the Electric Art and AMG Line trim levels, with the latter getting sports seats, a sportier look and aluminium trim. A limited-run Edition 1 model, which will be available for the first year of EQA sales, features 20in wheels in a gold colour, alongside grey leather seats and special floor mats.

Mercedes’ Eco Assist system comes as standard and helps to conserve energy by giving the driver recommendations on how to drive – for example, indicating when you should take your foot off the accelerator as you approach an intersection. As with all electric cars, the EQA features regenerative braking, which harvests energy normally lost as you slow down and feeds it back into the battery. You can adjust how pronounced this effect is via paddles behind the steering wheel. 

2021 Mercedes EQA side

2021 Mercedes EQA safety and price

Safety equipment includes lane-keeping assistance and automatic emergency braking that uses several cameras and radar to detect hazards such as pedestrians, cyclists and other cars. There’s an optional Driving Assistance Package that includes other safety features such as speed-keeping assistance, which can slow the car down before it approaches a bend or keep the car within speed limits. 

The EQA is expected to be considerably more expensive than the e-Niro and the Hyundai Kona Electric, as well as conventionally powered rivals such as the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, with prices starting from around £42,000. Still, most versions of the EQA should be eligible for the Government's £3000 grant for electric vehicles costing less than £50,000.

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