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Mercedes EQA Review Australia | Features, Specification, Price

Mercedes EQA Review Australia

 

The Mercedes-EQ is an electric sub-brand that has been producing a range of all-electric luxury cars. These electric cars are based on the popular model of the Mercedes Benz SUV and passenger line.  After the  GLC-based EQC, the second amazing car to hit Australia showrooms is the ew EQA. This new EQA is a small EV crossover that shares its skeleton with the new GLA. It is available in two variants and is categorised among small SUVs. It runs on a fully electric engine. This range also offers five years unlimited-kilometre warranty. In this article, we are going to review the  2021 Mercedes-Benz EQA. The 2021 EQA has two drivetrain options. Read on to know if  Mercedes-Benz has done enough to tempt buyers away from competitors like the Hyundai Kona Electric and Tesla Model 3.

 

Mercedes EQA engine:

The power is provided to the EQA 250 by a front-mounted asynchronous electric motor engine. This engine produces 140kW of power and 375 Nm of torque. It is coupled with a single-speed transmission that is required for the front-wheel-drive system.

 

It comes fitted with a 66.5kWh battery. This battery delivers a solid 426km of WLTP-certified range. The energy consumption recorded is 17.7kWh/100km, but in real-world testing, the EQA 250 averaged 19.8kWh/100km over 176km of driving on country roads. 

 

This SUV can be charged from 10-80% with the help of Mercedes-Benz Wallbox in about 4 hours 15 minutes. It is also compatible with 100kW DC fast-charging that can replenish the same amount of charge in only 30 minutes.

 

Mercedes EQA exterior:

The exterior of the EQA is pretty easy to pick out from the GLA and the extensive small-SUV crowd. This is due to its unique front and rear styling. Coming to the front of the EQA, you will get LED headlights that are connected by a more expansive and closed grille and an LED light bar. This feature gives the new EQA 2021 a futuristic look. On the other hand, around the sides, the EQA looks very similar to the GLA model. The only things that differentiate it from the GLA are some chrome trim, the 'EQA' badge, and its alloy wheels. 

 

When we come to the back or the rear side of the EQA, there is no confusion as it speaks for itself. The thing that makes it unique is the LED tail-lights that stretch from side to side and provide a striking impression. In addition, the number plate and the 'Mercedes-Benz' badge is also repositioned. 

 

Mercedes EQA interior:

The interior of the Mercedes EQA is very similar to the GLA, so it is difficult to differentiate between the two. Like the GLA and the wider A-Class and B-Class family, the EQA has also struck a chord with buyers. This is because of three main things, the big three-pointed star on the steering wheel hub, the glossy MBUX dual displays, and the general high-quality finishes. 

 

On the inside, to push the EQA's sustainability story, you get synthetic leather upholstery that covers the armrests and seats. The driver also gets a creamy Nappa leather steering wheel that has multifunction controls and paddles that toggle the regenerative braking modes. In addition, it has two lovely 10.25-inch MBUX displays that include driver instrument binnacle and the central infotainment system.

 

The only downside of the interior is that the second row is a bit compromised. The reason for the compromise is the raised floor that is to accommodate the battery that is present under the floor. A taller person may find himself stuck in the rear seats. It also has a decent head, knee and legroom like the GLA. The toe room, on the other hand, suffered due to the raised floor. On the sides, there are directional air vents, and the doors incorporate map pockets and bottle holders. 


 

To a lesser extent, the boot area is also impacted. The quoted capacity is 340L, with a boot floor 10mm higher than a GLA. It measures 797mm in length by 1050mm in width dimensionally. When the rear seats folded, the available capacity was 1320L.

 

Mercedes EQA specs:

Here is some standard equipment that the 2021 Mercedes EQA 250 includes:

 19-inch AMG alloy wheels with run-flat tyres

 Adaptive dampers with selectable modes

 MBUX infotainment with dual 10.25-inch screens

 Multi-link rear suspension

 Apple CarPlay/Android Auto (wired)

 Remotely actuated pre-entry climate control

 Power tailgate with kick opening

 Wireless phone charging

 Heated, powered front seats with memory

 Satellite navigation

 DAB+ digital radio

 Dual-zone climate control with rear air vents

 Artico faux leather trim

 Driver Assistance Package

 Adaptive cruise control with stop/go

 Active lane centring

 Route-based speed adaptation

 

Mercedes EQA safety: 

Although the EQA and GLA both are yet to be subjected to crash testing by ANCAP or Euro NCAP yet based on the related A-Class and GLB that have both scored five stars, it is anticipated that it will also score a 5-star rating.

 

Here are some standard safety features that EQA includes:

 Nine airbags scattered throughout the cabin

 Autonomous emergency braking

 Pedestrian/cyclist detection

 Adaptive cruise control with stop/go

 Lane-keep assist

 Traffic sign monitoring

 Reversing camera

 Auto high-beam

 Blind-spot assist

 Active Steering Assist

 Lane Change Assist

 

Mercedes EQA price:

As mentioned above, the EQA line-up consists of two drivetrain variants. The price of entry-level EQA 250 starts from just under $77,000.

 

Here is the price that Mercedes-Benz will offer for its 2021 EQA variants:

 Mercedes-Benz EQA 250: $76,800

 Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 Edition 1: $84,100

 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic: $TBA

 

Pros:

 It is superbly refined for a little car

 The small SUV is a solid real-world range that provides relaxing to drive

 It has a distinctive styling and effortless, linear power delivery

 The adaptive dampers offer a plush ride

 

Cons:

 Other alternatives offer better value or range for similar/less money

 The rear seat and boot capacity is compromised due to battery packaging

 It has relatively high noise levels

 

The final verdict!

If you are a Mercedes-Benz fan looking for a premium segment, in general, the EQA is clearly a big step forward. The EQA 250 offers an attractive package, but it is relatively expensive. EQA is the refined and luxurious version of the GLA. It also has a similar cabin and standard features as well. While deciding upon the perfect car for yourself, do go through its hidden past. Use Quick Revs online platform, and you can get all the details of the post of a vehicle in Australia. 

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