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Mercedes presents the second model of the EQ electric car family. On the first test drive, the EQA convinces with a lot of comfort.

Mercedes-Benz EQA.

Driving comfort and low driving noise are at the top of the specification for Mercedes, unless it is a sports model from AMG.

This also applies – or even more so – to a model with an electric drive. With the EQA, Mercedes has now presented the second model in its EQ model family. The range is constantly being expanded; the EQS will follow this year as a purely electric alternative to the luxurious S-Class and at least one other model. The EQS will be the first model on a basis that was designed exclusively for the use of electric drives. The EQA now being presented, on the other hand, is based on the substructure of the conventionally powered GLA. The new model also shares the exterior dimensions, most of the body parts and the basic layout of the interior with the compact crossover. In addition, there are some changes that let the EQA stand as an independent model. The most striking features that will characterize all future “EQ” models are the LED light strips at the front and rear, which run across the entire width of the car. At the front, the radiator grille was almost completely closed; instead, it is indicated by a high-gloss black surface. The interior has hardly changed, apart from a few new accents and expanded ambient lighting. The large infotainment system with a touchscreen in landscape format and sophisticated voice control also fits perfectly in this context. Operation is intuitive, does not pose any riddles and does not distract you from the road. The only relevant difference compared to the GLA with a combustion engine are the shift paddles on the steering wheel; In the EQA, the gears are not changed with this, but the strength of the recuperation is adjusted if desired. You can choose directly on the steering wheel whether the Stromer should continue to roll as freely as possible or decelerate as much as possible and thus recover energy in the battery when you take your foot off the accelerator.

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Mercedes-Benz EQA 250

Quiet and smooth

On the road, the new Stromer with the star feels very confident. With its 190 hp and 375 Nm of torque, it feels sufficiently powerful, even if the compact weighs more than two tons due to the large battery with 66.5 kWh usable capacity in the underbody. The silence in the EQA is remarkable. While any wind, tire or chassis noises are drowned out by the drive in cars with combustion engines, they are much more noticeable in electric cars. Mercedes has gone to great lengths to get rid of all the noise from the electric crossover. One point that is often forgotten is the electric drive itself. Because in a quiet environment, even the hum of the electric motor can be perceived as annoying. Mercedes has mounted the drive in EQA so that it is vibration-decoupled from the body, so that no unwanted noise can be transmitted into the interior.

Fast enough

The points of range and charging options are still particularly important with an e-car. According to the WLTP measurement cycle, the tested EQA 250, initially the only available drive variant, should cover 426 kilometers with a full battery. In reality, it should still be around 350 kilometers even in wintry conditions, which should be suitable for most drivers, especially since the Mercedes shows its range precisely and without sudden fluctuations. It is pleasing that the EQA not only generates its range with a large battery, but also with good efficiency. Consumption is given as 17.7 kWh/100 km. For comparison: The VW ID.4, which sits on a platform specially designed for electric cars, is specified with 18.5 kWh/100 km according to the WLTP measurement. Charging is just as important as range. When traveling, the EQA can charge with a maximum of 100 kW direct current; not the best, but absolutely sufficient. The battery should be able to be filled from 10 to 80% in 30 minutes. Together with the navigation system, which automatically calculates charging breaks and can predict the battery level at the destination, longer journeys are no problem. The EQA charges with a maximum of 11 kW on an AC wall box, which means that the battery is full again after 5:45 hours. The prices for the new EQA have not yet been determined. However, the basic model should start under 50,000 francs. Considering the modern technology and the good processing quality, this is a fair price. The all-wheel drive version with more than 270 hp, which Mercedes plans to submit later in 2021, will be more expensive.

Mercedes-Benz EQA 250

Engine: E-machine asynchronous
Power: 190 hp/375 Nm
Drive: front, auto 1 gear
L×W×H: 4463×1834×1620mm
trunk: 340-1320L
Weight: 2040kg
0-100km/h: 8.9 sec.
Vmax: 160km/h
Range WLTP: 426 km

Price: less than 50,000 francs

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