EQA; the all-electric version of the Mercedes-Benz popular compact A-Class line-up

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Mercedes-Benz has set their sights on a younger generation of eco-conscious motorists with the arrival of the new EQA, the all-electric version of their popular compact A-Class range.

Described as  “a stylish, highly-equipped model designed to meet all known environmental standards in an enjoyable and responsible way”.

With its GLA-styled SUV body, the EQA’s fully electric pedigree is evident in its distinctive Mercedes-EQ appearance. At the front, its black panel grille and star, EQ blue headlamp strips and a distinctive fibre-optic strip running along front and rear reveal its Mercedes-EQ family membership.

The model tested is badged as an EQA 250, its tech features include 140 kW power, combined consumption of 15.7 kWh/100 km, and a WLTP calculated range of 426 km. Upon collection, a range of 372 km was on tap.

In the pipeline are all-wheel-drive models with outputs of 200 kW or above, including one with a WLTP range above 500km.

The EQA 250 with Progressive line as standard is expected to be the most sought-after model here, with prices beginning from €51,125 inclusive of SEAI grant.

In keeping with other Mercedes-Benz models, standard specifications on EQA models sold here include Mercedes’ own MBUX User Experience infotainment system and ‘Hey Mercedes’ driver assistance feature with all of their navigation and electric intelligence supports.

Its many other features include high-performance headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, electrically operated tailgate, light 18-inch alloys, and 64-colour ambient lighting. Additional appointments include luxury seating with adjustable lumbar support, reversing camera and leather sports steering wheel. Available also is a Night Package and two design and equipment lines – Electric Art and AMG Line.

Thermally efficient, its heat pump uses waste heat from the electric motor to warm passengers, increase range and reduce the draw on battery power. Its motor is isolated from the chassis and body to improve comfort and reduce noise and vibration.