3.9 out of 5 3.9
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Mercedes-Benz's electric SUV is comfortable, smooth and packed with tech

Mercedes-Benz EQA SUV (21 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £47,510 - £56,010
Lease from new From £593 p/m View lease deals
Used price £40,415 - £54,890
Fuel Economy 3.3 - 3.5 miles/kWh
Insurance group 37 - 45 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Claimed range looks impressive
  • Hugely relaxing to drive
  • Eco Assist system looks effective

CONS

  • Looks too much like a GLA
  • Performance won't blow you away
  • Options are pricey

Mercedes-Benz EQA SUV rivals

Written by Neil Briscoe on

Mercedes-Benz‘s line-up of EQ-badged all-electric cars is growing fast. The EQA is the smallest model in the range – and it takes just the briefest of glances to see that it’s an electric version of the existing GLA SUV. Although it looks familiar, there’s a lot of new technology behind that distinctive blanked-out nose (and indeed behind the full-width light bar on the boot lid).

You can buy one with front- or four-wheel drive, and there’s a choice of electric motor outputs too.

Design-wise, it’s what you’ve come to expect from a small Mercedes-Benz SUV – smooth, creaseless configuration outside and an MBUX-equipped dashboard and screen-heavy infotainment — which looks almost like a giant mobile phone laid on its side — set-up on the inside. It’s a striking layout, but does the fact that you can have it in a much cheaper A-Class undermine the EQA’s premium credentials?

It’s exactly the sort of product the carmakers are telling us that buyers want right now – an electric SUV. And they’re all rushing to build them for us, with the EQA’s rivals including the BMW iX3Ford Mustang Mach-EKia e-Niro as well as the Volvo XC40 Recharge. Mercedes has brought the EQA to market quite quickly, thanks to the fact that it shares a proven mechanical package with the likes of the A-Class, CLA, GLA and GLB, but does that platform sharing mean it’s compromised relative to purpose-built EV rivals?

Over the next few pages, we’ll take you right through the EQA, diving deep into its characteristics and its good and bad points. That includes what it’s like to drive, how nice the cabin is, how practical it is, and how much it costs to run.

Mercedes-Benz EQA SUV rivals