Orders open for new Mercedes-Benz EQA
05 February 2021
Author: Sean Keywood
Mercedes-Benz has opened orders for the EQA, the new entry-level model in its electric car range.
Based on the platform of the GLA SUV, the EQA features a 188hp electric motor and a 66.5kWh battery, allowing a driving range of up to 263 miles on the WLTP cycle.
A 100 kW DC onboard charger allows it to charge from 10% to 80% in around 40 minutes, and it can also charge from 10% to 100% in five hours and 45 minutes using an 11 kW wallbox.
The EQA is being offered in two equipment grades - Sport and AMG Line. Prices, including the UK Government's £3,000 plug-in car grant, which is still pending approval for the EQA, start at £40,495 for Sport, and £41,995 for AMG Line.
Standard equipment with both grades includes Mercedes's sat-nav with 'electric intelligence', taking into account charging times with journey planning, and a three-year subscription to the Mercedes public charging network.
Other standard kit with Sport includes cruise control, a reversing camera, LED headlights with adaptive high beam assist, 18in alloy wheels, electro-pneumatic four-way front seat lumbar support, heated front seats, automatic climate control, the MBUX infotainment system with two 10in screens, and Apple Carplay and Android Auto connectivity.
Standard safety systems include autonomous emergency braking, active lane keeping assist, and blind spot assist.
AMG Line spec adds sporty bodystyling, 20in alloy wheels, sports seats, illuminated door sills, galvanised gearshift paddles, aluminium trim, aluminium pedals with rubber studs, and AMG floor mats.
AMG Line models are also available with an optional Premium pack, priced at £3,000, which includes 19in AMG alloy wheels, a panoramic glass sunroof, keyless go, augmented reality sat-nav, an advanced sound system, and wireless smartphone charging.
For a further £3,000, a Premium Plus pack is available, which in addition adds 20in AMG alloy wheels, a 360-degree camera, electrically adjustable suspension with speed-sensitive steering, a Burmester surround sound system, electrically adjustable front seats with memory function, a head-up display, and an MBUX Interior Assistant with gesture control.
The first UK deliveries of the EQA are expected in spring this year.