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“Hey Mercedes, drive me to the next charging station”, this simple sentence ensures that after I get into the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250, I will find the next charging option around the corner. Of course, I wouldn’t need any help in this case. But that’s how it is when a new test car for electric car news.not in the yard. Individual functions want to be tested so that they can then be included in this test and experience report.

The little brother of the Mercedes-Benz EQC was our guest for two weeks in October/November. Was allowed to go on a longer trip to the Black Forest and has also done quite well in everyday life. You can find out below how Mercedes-Benz‘s entry into e-mobility is working out.

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It should be mentioned in advance that my impressions are completely subjective and therefore only reflect my own opinion. But think that the information, impressions and photos in this article can do their part to get a first impression of the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250.

As always; If you still have questions after reading the test and driving report of the EQA 250 from Mercedes-Benz, just let me know and I will try to answer them. You are welcome to send me your personal experiences with the e-car from Mercedes-Benz so that we can share them with the other readers. You can find out more about electric cars in general on this page.

Mercedes-Benz EQA 250: compromise solution or successful entry into e-mobility?

Production of the EQA at the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant started in 2020. As with the already available models EQC from Bremen and Beijing and EQV from Vitoria (Spain), the EQA is built on the same line as cars with conventional or hybrid drives. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise since the EQA is based on the MFA 2 platform. This is a hybrid architecture for all drive types. This leads to corresponding compromises, partly also advantages for the purely electrical variant of the A-Class, which still appear in the course of this test report.

The EQA 250 is currently available as a pure front-wheel drive vehicle. The more powerful all-wheel drive variant is to be equipped with an additional electric drive train (eATS), which is placed on the rear axle. As a result, the Stromer should come up with an output of more than 200 kW. In the variant with front-wheel drive, 140 kW of power and 375 Newton meters of torque are available. Perfect for everyday use. However, in the variant with an electric motor on the front wheels, it is a little unusual if you have recently driven almost exclusively electric cars with all-wheel drive. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the electric motor only takes up a fraction of the engine compartment of the hybrid platform. Nevertheless, Mercedes does not provide a compartment for the charging cable under the front hood. Pity.

Exterior characterize the EQA the black panel radiator panel and blue elements in the LED headlamps. The rear design of the Stromer is also characteristic. This is shown by the LED light strip between the LED rear lights, which picks up on the emotional identification feature of the front and thus runs like a red thread through the exterior. The interior is characterized by rose gold-colored elements and a new type of backlit trim, which reflects the progressive character of the Stromer depending on the selected equipment line.

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The electric athlete Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 in the footsteps of the GLA, as Mercedes-Benz describes the Stromer itself, is currently starting in Germany from April 47.540.50 euros according to the price list as of November 2021. This means that the environmental bonus and innovation bonus can be fully deducted.

Mercedes-Benz EQA takes combustion engine drivers into the world of e-mobility…

The already mentioned proximity to the burner A-Class, makes it easy to pick up drivers from the “old world” in the world of electromobility. On the one hand, the different types of drive only differ a little in terms of appearance, on the other hand, the EQA 250 does not rotate the entire interior concept by 180°, as is known from other streamers. Because instead of relying on well-known operating concepts, many touch elements, oversized displays and voice control are often used at the same time as the drive type is changed. This is also partly the case in the Mercedes-Benz EQA. Nevertheless, there are buttons and switches for all control functions.

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Whether they want to or not, the Stuttgart-based company is thus able to create a connection between the two worlds, which can make the switch to e-mobility easier. Instead of the tank nozzle at the back right, there is access for the charging plug, which allows the Stromer to be charged at a corresponding column with a maximum output of up to 100 kW. The charging time is then about 30 minutes from 10 to 80 percent Status of Charge (SoC). Getting used to zero for combustion engine drivers. The placement does not seem so ideal for e-car drivers who have already gained more experience.

There are also other disadvantages that come with building on a hybrid platform. There is only 340 liters of storage space in the trunk (1st floor).320 liters with rear seat folded down). The charging cable must be under the floor. There is no space for it in the front. Furthermore, the EQA 250 waits with a rather high weight of 2.040 kilograms, which first of all want to be set in motion. With 140 kW (190 hp) not a problem in itself, but you notice that the traction control is often used when you really give it power.

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Despite the criticisms already mentioned – which you bring with you from the world of combustion engines, the EQA is a decent electric car. This can be seen by looking at the charging curve, which is at 100 to 110 kW charging power with a view to this up to almost 60% SoC. From 60 to 80 percent, the charging power drops to a constant 75 kW. Nevertheless, this charging curve is sufficient to charge the Stromer from 10 to 80% within 30 minutes – provided the charging station has the appropriate capacity. Below you will find the charging curve of the Mercedes-Benz EQA embedded.

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Beside me could electric car author Dirk Kunde also collect his (charging) experiences with the entry-level electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz. He summed it up as follows: “The loading speed is also a positive aspect. 11 kW on the AC and 100 kW on the DC connection. With Ionity, I can go from 13 to 90 percent in 34 minutes on a warm summer day (28 degrees). At the top, the display of the charging station shows 113 kW charging power. It stays in three digits up to 61 percent SoC. This is how long distances with the e-car are fun.”

The way the EQA deals with the topic of recuperation is positive. As is well known, energy recovery when coasting and braking (recuperation) ensures optimized and efficient driving. The intensity of the recuperation can be set individually using the shift paddles behind the steering wheel. There are five recuperation levels to choose from. With D+ (no recuperation) you switch to coasting mode of the Stromer, which was very welcome when driving on the motorway. With the highest recuperation level D-, on the other hand, you get pretty close to the one-pedal feeling. Was used by me mainly in everyday urban life and has contributed to the fact that the brake rarely had to be used.

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However, it should definitely be mentioned that the braking power of the EQA is strong and should therefore not be underestimated, especially when used for the first time. Level “D Auto” is therefore recommended for newcomers to the world of e-mobility. In this, the electric compact SUV decides for itself, depending on the driving situation, about the degree of recuperation.

Fully electric through everyday life with the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250

In the previous sections, I have already dealt with some aspects of fully electric driving with the EQA 250 from Mercedes-Benz. The fact that the EQA does justice to the premium aspect in terms of appearance, design and fulfillment of the expectations that one has of a “Benz” is beyond question. We’ll go into more detail on that later.

Mercedes-Benz EQA 250: impressions & experiences-experiences

As soon as you enter the EQA, it becomes apparent that modern approaches dominate both in design and software. Aluminum, high-quality fabrics and smooth surfaces complemented by LED design elements dominate the interior. As already mentioned, modern, large displays are used. But only in combination with lots of switches and buttons. There are enough of these on the steering wheel alone, supplemented by touch elements and rotary wheels whose functions you have to learn step by step.

Personally, all of this was a little too much for me, especially when randomly touching a touch element – dark squares – causes the display behind the steering wheel to change. Instead of speed, consumption and a small map, a full-screen map with navigation suddenly appears. With a little practice and trial and error, you can get the hang of it. However, it is not particularly intuitive in all respects.

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Even more unusual is the fact that the turn signal lever has been overloaded with all windshield wiper functions. As is well known, the right-hand steering column lever is reserved for gear selection at Mercedes. Better and my personal highlight is the simple, easy-to-understand and (optionally) voice-operated MBUX system from Mercedes-Benz. Regardless of whether navigation destinations are selected, radio stations or other music selections are made or the air conditioning is set, everything seems possible. Even if you vary your own sentences and could cause problems for some other systems.

Keyword navigation, here Mercedes is based on the Here Maps maps, which have reached a quality that makes consulting Google Maps superfluous. Display of free charging stations, traffic jams, etc… included. Of course, if you still want to integrate your smartphone – whether iOS or Android – you can do so. In this case, the navigation information from Google Maps is even shown in the dashboard display.

Mercedes-Benz EQA 250: impressions & experiences-experiences

When driving itself, it is noticeable that the front-wheel drive has its challenges if you want to give too much power. In theory, the EQA 250 should accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds. In practice, this isn’t quite so simple, as traction control and braking interventions prevent the wheels from spinning if you step on the power pedal too vigorously. The limit for the maximum speed was set at 160 km/h. From our experience, it is more than sufficient for everyday use and the purpose of the compact electric SUV.

Range, consumption and charging options at a glance

The Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 should be able to cover a range of up to 426 kilometers (WLTP cycle combined). This had to be proven. Before we turn to the everyday range or consumption, however, first a few facts about our test car, clearly summarized.

  • Front-wheel drive with 140 kW/190 hp and 375 Nm of torque

  • Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds

  • Top speed of 160 km/h

  • 66.5 kWh lithium-ion battery (net usable)

  • Energy consumption per 100 km (weighted) 19-17.7 kWh/100 km

  • Range (combined) 426 km according to WLTP

  • 0 g/km CO2 emissions, combined

Everything was included, from pure city trips to intercity and motorway trips. This gave me the opportunity to map a very good cross-section of the routes that the Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle would probably have to master under “normal conditions”. In the end, the speedometer showed around 770 kilometers that I had covered. Sufficient enough to get a first picture of the Stromer.

Mercedes-Benz EQA 250: impressions & experiences-experiences

Based on a platform that is used for both combustion engines and e-cars, the EQA struggles with the problem of the weight of around 2 tons mentioned at the beginning. This combined with a comparatively large frontal area and correspondingly large wheels means that the consumption values from the technical data sheet of the EQA, at least in the test by Elektroauto-News.Net could not be achieved.

Looking at the consumption over the approximately 770 kilometers, which we have covered with the Stromer, it shows that this stops at 24 kWh. If one now consider that a third of the route on the highway – at an average speed of 120 km / h – has been covered, it shows that the consumption in everyday life can be little. This is also the case in fact. With regard to the consumption values in urban everyday life, the EQA was more than 22.4-20.1 kWh. Still higher than the factory information, but no longer far away from it.

A few words have already been lost about the various options for loading the E-SUV in the test and experience report. Nevertheless, you will find this below, again compact.

Household socket with 2.3 kW

30 hours

Charging time AC from 10% – 100% SOC (net)

Charging time Wallbox 11 kW

6 hours

Wall socket, 3-phase, alternating current, type 2
From 0 to 100 percent

Fast charging station 110 kW

32 minutes

Public fast charging station, direct current, CCS
From 10 to 80 percent

Exterior and interior of the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250

Hopefully initial experiences, described impressions and included photos have given you an impression of the EQA 250. Now let’s delve a little more together and take a closer look at the exterior and interior of the Mercedes-Benz electric car.

Exterior: Compact SUV with a special appearance

At the beginning, a few words were said about the appearance of the entry-level electric car from the Stuttgart car manufacturer. It has been shown that the purely electric version does not appear very different from the combustion version. The designers have given the EQA a few visual accents. But the proximity to the combustion models is unmistakable.

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The Stromer itself has dimensions of: 1.624mm height, 2.020mm width – with mirror unfolded and a length of 4.463mm. The wheelbase is 2.729 mm stated. Turning is possible within a turning circle of 11.4 meters.

Dirk had already stated in his report: “Opening the front hood causes a moment of shock. While you usually look at plastic covers and storage compartments in e-cars, with the EQA you get to see the entire range of front engines, inverters and rectifiers, cooling and high-voltage cables.One can only agree with that and at the same time shows how a little more attention to detail could make a difference. But back to the obvious exterior design.

This is designed differently depending on the design package: Progressive, Electric Art or AMG Line. The EQA leaves the factory with the equipment line Progressive. This is characterized, among other things, by a front and rear apron with chrome inserts. Beltline and window line trim strips and an integrated roof rail in polished aluminum as well as black-painted, high-sheen 45.7 cm (18-inch) light-alloy wheels. With the Electric Art equipment line, the focus on e-mobility on the exterior is emphasized by the door sill trims with illuminated “EQA” lettering in blue. Other differences can be seen in the interior, more on that later.

Clearly, no other equipment line transports the sporty genes of the EQA better than the AMG Line. The exterior is given a dynamic note, while at the same time the brand makes a clear statement for the combination of unique design with equally unique technology. This is reflected in the AMG-specific twin-blade design of the radiator grille and the diffuser-look rear apron with chrome trim. As well as the side panels in grained black with chrome-plated inserts.

Interior: buttons, switches, MBUX and accents in rose

Rose is considered the color of choice when Mercedes-Benz wants to emphasize that the selected vehicle is a fully electric model. In the equipment line Progressive this may not be so noticeable. The EQA is presented here with comfort seats in ARTICO man-made leather and Fleron fabric including the seating comfort package and the multifunction sports steering wheel in leather. Accents are set by elegant, modern design elements such as air vents in silver chrome and a roof liner with black fabric. The Electric Art equipment line brings more color into play. Incidentally, the variant in which the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 drove up to us.

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According to Mercedes-Benz, “True greatness can be seen in the small details.The Stuttgart-based company is referring here to the exclusive vehicle keys: one in black with a chrome frame and one in black with a rose gold frame. The typical EQ color accents are then set in modern rose gold in the interior. Also striking is the backlit decorative element in the area of the passenger side, which changes, for example, when the temperature is raised or lowered. Just a small but fine detail.

With the AMG Line, Mercedes-Benz has ensured that the sporty driving experience of the exterior continues in the interior. This is evident in the sport seats with strong lateral support in ARTICO man-made leather and DINAMICA microfibre. Supplemented by the flat-bottomed multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather. “In combination with the air vents in silver chrome and the backlit decorative elements, the modern EQ design elements are combined with the sporty look of the AMG Line,” explains the Stuttgart brand.

Not quite suitable, but more suitable than the exterior, the reference to the assistance systems can be accommodated, which are present in the form of distance pomat and track holder. These are shown in the head-up display (HUD) by appropriate green symbols next to Tempo, the permitted speed and the navigation information. Not special positive I have noticed the automatic adjustment of the speed when a new tempolimite is detected. Although the EQA does not accelerate or delays or delays, but I would like to control this itself.

Enabled navigation shows a nice feature that simplifies the finding track of a lot. So-called augmented reality elements are on the street when it comes to take the right turn. Mind you in the middle display, not in the HUD. You can imagine this in such a way that the front camera shows the view ahead and blue turning arrows as well as the street name are displayed over this picture.

Mercedes-Benz EQA 250: prices & promotion through environmental bonus

If the previous impressions of the Stromer from Mercedes-Benz have convinced you, then it’s probably time to take a look at the prices. I also don’t want to ignore whether the subsidy through the environmental bonus for the electric car of the Stuttgart company is an option.

Since February 2020 there has been more money if an e-car is sold under a list price of 40.000 euros is purchased. 6.000 euros instead of 4.000 euros will now be reimbursed from the purchase price. For plug-in hybrids in this price range, there will be 4 in the future.500 euros instead of 3.000 euros. For electric cars with a list price above 40.000 euros, the subsidy for pure electric cars will in future be 5.000 euros are, for plug-in hybrids at 4.000 euros. So far, electric cars have only been sold up to a net list price of 60.000 euros funded. This cap will be set at 65 in the future.000 euros take place. Furthermore, with the latest economic stimulus package, a maximum of 9.000 euros possible; if the net list price is below 40.000 euros lies.

Mercedes-Benz EQA 250

47.540.50 euros

Mercedes-Benz EQA 300 4MATIC

53.538.10 euros

Mercedes-Benz EQA 350 4MATIC

56.215.60 euros

I was presented with the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250, which according to the price list listed above is available from 47.540.50 euros starts. Added to this was the case of the electric car test car some upgrades and accessories, which I have listed below. This has resulted in the total price of the Stromer dropping to €63.034.00 euros. The purchase bonus for electric cars and the innovation premium can be brought fully to deduct in this model. Prices do not include VAT. this comes with it:

  • Mercedes-Benz type EQA 250 – 39.950.00 euros

  • Paintwork rose gold metallic – 630.00 euros

  • Charging cable for household socket, 4m – 240.00 euros

  • MBUX innovation package – 1.150.00 euros

  • Connectivity package navigation – 100.00 euros

  • Premium Pack – 4th.670.00 euros

  • Urban Guard vehicle protection plus – 640.00 euros

  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation – 390.00 euros

  • Smartphone integration – 300.00 euros

  • Driver assistance package – 1.,090 euros

  • Driver’s seat electrically adjustable with memory function – 345.00 euros

  • Sidebags in the rear – 375.00 euros

  • Adjustable damping – 990.00 euros

  • Traffic sign assistant – 295.00 euros

  • Ambient lighting brand logo – 110.00 euros

  • Seat heating for driver and front passenger – 290.00 euros

  • Heated windscreen wiper system – 115.00 euros

  • Electric Art – 790.00 euros

  • 19″ Light-alloy wheels in 5-spoke design – 450.00 euros

Conclusion on the test of the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250

You won’t find long ranges, lively driving behavior and low consumption with the EQA 250. But in the overall package you still get a convincing electric car for everyday use. Especially when you consider that this is based on a platform that was also conceived for combustion engines.

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The EQA is always suitable for everyday trips and weekly routes of around 300 to 350 kilometers. If you have the possibility to charge at home, of course also for longer distances. Or if you like to drive to public charging stations more often. In addition to the MBUX system, I noticed positively the high-quality workmanship and the high level of driving comfort of the entry-level electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz.

Whereby “beginner e-bikes” definitely have to be put into perspective. Do market competitors offer their alternatives with comparable space and services at a lower price. In the end, taste and personal preference are the deciding factors here. From my point of view, the EQA is the next step in the right direction, after the EQC was obviously not quite as successful. Well, I still have to convince myself of that.

The Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 was provided to me by Mercedes-Benz free of charge for this test report for a period of two weeks. However, this does not affect my honest opinion written here.

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4 thoughts on “Mercedes-Benz EQA 250: impressions & experiences”

  1. Good report with flaws. Because the augmented reality has not been available for months. Which is a shame. If that was installed in the test car, it would not be understandable on the part of MB. They should better know their delivery problems and the mood of the customers in relation to it.

  2. The ongoing criticism of the lack of frunk is not representative of the clientele. I don’t know anyone in the e-car world who cares. If the trunk is large enough, you don’t need a poorly accessible, ice-cold and often not properly airtight pseudo trunk at the front. This seems to be a tester’s fetish, like gaps and joints or not fully painted interior parts of the bonnet.

  3. If I compare that to my ZOE, there isn’t a huge difference, at least for me. Can be moved a good 300 km on the roads and drives 160 max/h. Well, the Zoe only reaches 147km/h, but I can tell the difference for a good 15.000 euros less also do without. Otherwise the fundamental problem of a base planned for combustion engines and electricity. It’s always only 50% optimal. Unfortunately.

  4. Which designer team did this car. Both inside and out it’s a mix of 70’s curves and flea market instrument displays. Clearly a Chinese from behind. Even the lights… something like that is forbidden. I simply expect more from Mercedes. Much more.


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