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Mercedes-Benz EQA

(2021 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

67
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

60
%
D

Safety Rating:

86
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

60
%
C

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

71
%
A

Used car score:

67
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

60
%
D

Safety Rating:

86
%
A

Eco Rating:

100
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

60
%
C

Summary


The smallest electric SUV/crossover in the Mercedes-Benz family, the Mercedes-Benz EQA is essentially an all-electric version of the GLA SUV, which is the taller and beefier brother of the A-Class.

The EQA has three different powertrain options to choose from. The entry-level EQA 250 has a 67kWh battery powering a single motor to produce 188hp, while the more expensive four-wheel drive EQA 300 and 350 variants are equipped with twin motors, producing 225hp and 288hp respectively.

Officially, the Mercedes-Benz EQA has a battery range of 265 miles, which is slightly better than the figures for the BMW iX1 and Volvo EX40 (formerly called the XC40 Recharge).

While reviewers from UK media sources have found this range impressive, they also argue that the EQA’s big battery does have some drawbacks. The size of the battery means that Mercedes-Benz has had to raise the seating position, Top Gear commenting that “while headroom is fine for adults in the back, your knees are around your ears if you’re leggy. It’s like sitting on a Squatty Potty.”

The EQA’s performance has often been described as unremarkable, and the ride comfort of the EQA has not been a very praiseworthy topic with reviewers either, What Car? explaining that “potholes and speed bumps send great big audible thwacks through the suspension, and it struggles to regain its composure after an impact, too.”

However, What Car? concludes by noting, “There are few electric cars that come close to offering a similar blend of visual pizzazz, first-rate technology and impressive build quality, regardless of your budget.” The Mercedes-Benz EQA essentially has the same cabin trim and tech as a wholesale GLA, which has also received significant praise for its interior refinement and sophisticated on-board tech.

As a result of being based on a petrol model, Carbuyer suggests that the EQA is “destined to struggle against purpose-built rivals.” But, for serial Mercedes owners who are looking to make an all-electric switch, the Daily Mirror argues that “the EQA will slip into your life easily.”

As of May 2024, the Mercedes-Benz EQA holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 71%. It scores highly for its safety rating and for having zero tailpipe emissions, but loses point for poor media review scores. Running costs are fairly average – better than a combustion-engined Mercedes, but not as good as some other small EVs.

EQA highlights

  • Luxurious interior
  • Sophisticated on-board equipment
  • Good battery range compared to others of its size
  • Quiet and relaxing driving experience
  • Price undercuts other premium brand EVs

EQA lowlights

  • Battery limits rear space
  • Rivals have better ride comfort
  • Not engaging to drive
  • Does not qualify for plug-in car grant
  • Cheaper mainstream rivals are more impressive

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Power: electric, battery-powered
Price: From £49,750 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2021
Last updated: Spring 2024
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2021
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 97%
Child protection: 90%
Vulnerable road users: 81%
Safety assist: 75%

Notes on safety rating

The Mercedes-Benz EQA is closely related to the A-Class and B-Class models, so its safety rating score is based on the B-Class score from when it was tested in 2019. Some additional tests were carried out by Euro NCAP where there were significant differences between the models.

The EQA scores well in all tests, but its adult and child impact scores are excellent – some of the best results ever seen in Euro NCAP testing.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of May 2024, the Mercedes-Benz EQA has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

The Green NCAP programme measures exhaust pollution (which is zero for an EV) and energy efficiency. Electric cars are much more energy-efficient than combustion cars, so the EQA would be very likely to score highly in Green NCAP testing if and when it ever takes place.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of May 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Mercedes-Benz EQA to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using workshop and extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy, sourced from both official dealerships and independent workshops. 

As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the EQA, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models275 milesB255 – 328 milesA – B
Electrical efficiencyAverageScoreVariationScore
EV models4.1 m/KWhC3.7 – 4.9 m/KWhA – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models46D44 – 50D – F
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£217B
Year 2£507B
Year 3£793A
Year 4£960A
Year 5£1,262A
Overall£3,739A

The Mercedes-Benz EQA has affordable running costs, according to data exclusively provided by our commercial partner Clear Vehicle Data.

Electrical efficiency (the EV equivalent of miles per gallon for a petrol or diesel car) is only average, but the battery is still large enough to offer a better-than-average driving range.

Insurance premiums are high for a car of this size, but servicing and maintenance costs over the first five years should be very good.

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Mercedes-Benz EQA, you might also be interested in these alternatives

BMW iX1 | DS 3 Crossback E-TenseHyundai Kona ElectricKia Niro EV | Lexus UX Electric | Mazda MX-30 | Peugeot e-2008 | Volvo EX40

The small EV SUV segment is growing rapidly, with more new cars being added on almost a monthly basis. The EQA is quite similar to the Lexus UX or Volvo EX40 in being based on an existing petrol model, rather than a dedicated electric model like the BMW iX1.


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The Mercedes-Benz EQA is an electric SUV/crossover and the entry-level of the battery-powered EQ range, praised for its interior refinement.Mercedes-Benz EQA