Mercedes EQA 2021 review - see what I really think about it!
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This is the new Mercedes EQA!
You can probably already tell it’s based on the Mercedes GLA, but of course, there’s one key difference - the EQA is all-electric! The question is, should you really consider paying several thousand pounds more to go electric?
Well, the EQA has a 66.5kWh battery pack which powers a single front motor. This can produce 190hp and 375Nm of torque. Four-wheel-drive variants are due to in the future, but for now, you’ll have to settle with front-wheel-drive only.
When it comes to powering up your EQA, it has the ability to charge up to 100kWh, which will help boost your battery from 10% to 80% full in just 30 minutes, which isn’t too bad!
As for interior space & practicality, well, it’s all pretty similar to the GLA, although you may have to compromiseimise a little on space to accommodate the battery pack!
So what do you think - could the EQA change the game for small all-electric SUVs? You’ll have to stick with Mat to find out!
00:00 Intro
00:26 Price
01:31 Exterior Design
03:10 Interior
04:19 Back Seats
05:32 Boot
06:17 Five Annoying Features
07:33 Five Good Features
08:58 Battery & Motors
09:26 Driving
13:17 Range
14:02 Verdict
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  • Peter

    Rear seats are really a turn off :(

  • Dennis

    Those low back seats are a joke

  • Markus Jonsson
    Markus Jonsson

    I am going to miss diesel cars... :(

  • Piotr Podgórski
    Piotr Podgórski

    That tail light bar is basically Lexus UX...

  • rho y.
    rho y.

    Nah. I'll take the Tesla Model Y.

  • Mp_20

    When EVs can start doing decent range car manufacturers will most definitely go back to using nice alloys..

  • lesengir

    what is a nappa leather?

  • Theodore Vasilopoulos
    Theodore Vasilopoulos

    The worst thing about this car is that I'm poor...

  • alexbubububu

    would u pls pls do the eqv too ? thx

  • Pablo

    Cheap design, it looks awful.

  • Dr Evil
    Dr Evil

    hands down that's a great looking car.

  • Harry Axe
    Harry Axe

    Mat, U.S. GLA statrs at 36,500 approx.

  • Tony Kwok
    Tony Kwok

    The back seat is terrible

  • Sam J
    Sam J

    Hi Matt Can I ask why reviewers don’t mention the weight of EV’s. The handling, and stopping power is compromised. I just sold my new 330e as it is much heavier than the GolfR and spoils the fun. Please give us more honesty? 👍🏼

  • Oliver Buckley
    Oliver Buckley

    I would not buy an electric for another 9 Years at least, to expensive, and don't go far enough on a charge, stick with Diesel by far the best, my GLA does 800 miles on a fill, and it has add blue and all that is going out into the atmosphere is vapor which is totally harmless.......

  • abcd

    Mercedes best cars!

  • Anis Bannour
    Anis Bannour

    Guys what's the song at the end. I love it

  • L.E. Robbo
    L.E. Robbo

    I am looking at ordering a new lease car and get to choose between a Business Solution Luxury EQA 250 and a fully loaded Business Plus Octavia 1.5 e-Tec combi (mild hybrid). Privately I drive short distances, mostly city traffic, but for work I regularly drive longer distances (300-500km per day) and I must admit I'm suffering a bit from 'range anxiety'. What's your advice though. Take the plunge and learn to deal with electric range shortcomings or play it safe with the Octavia? Small family with a toddler in kid seat included.

  • C ls
    C ls

    The rear seat simply doesn't allow any reasonable seating, not to mention a comfortable one, nor even a luxury one. It's a passenger car worth more than 40 grand! Sitting in the back in a Tesla model s is a detestable thing, why Mercedes repeats the same mistake?

  • Trevor C
    Trevor C

    No more govmt grant on this as it’s more than £35k

  • L L
    L L

    What a boring car lmao the new Peugeot 308 looks 10 times better

  • קארטיוב

    By the way, we already have EQC and now EQA, what will be the name of the equivalent electric C class and A class? I think Benz didn't put a thought about the EQ naming.

  • Julian Qt
    Julian Qt

    Disgusting car. You can sweet talk it all you want. It looks like shit and I will NEVER buy an electric vehicle unless it looks like a petrol.

  • JJS

    So are you no longer giving out vehicles specs like Bhp and torque???

  • Mark H
    Mark H

    Why don’t I ever see the pop out banner?

  • Serhiy 123
    Serhiy 123

    Matt spent 14 min to tell us *"EQA = shit"* as politely as possible. 2 tons, unbearable back seats, no towing, ugly, no adaptive cruise, no storage room, SLOW, THIRSTY, NO RANGE, *EXPENSIVE*

  • Pier Paolo Polla
    Pier Paolo Polla

    Having seen your model 3 review I’m disappointed by Mercedes. Usually people say Mercedes has better quality and fine details that make it better than Tesla but I don’t see anything like that on this car, I mean there is no cover in the bonnet !!!!! My Fiesta has a cover over the engine!!!

  • Lee Edens
    Lee Edens

    So, Mercedes didn’t learn anything from the EQC, the EQA is basically an EV version of the GLA whereas the EQC was a longer version of the GLC (yes, an EV version), car companies tried this set up with ICE models as EV models before, I was expecting more from Mercedes, guess we’ll have to wait for the EQS (which bring the EQS sedan, EQS SUV and EQE sedan), since it’s getting a dedicated design EV platform, as for this EQA it’s not a Tesla Model Y fighter, being fwd based and a subcompact / small compact, it’s more of a Chevy Bout EUV fighter, the EQA is closer to the Buick Velite 7 than the Tesla Model Y also, last I checked the Model Y was RWD based not fwd like the EQA, I look for Tesla stock price to keep increasing, the Germans keep dropping the ball, the Audi e-tron SUV (aka Q6) didn't offer the range or size for the price point, the Porsche Taycan didn't offer the range and the interior space is nowhere near the Model S, hence a problem, the ID3 / ID4 are interesting but too slow, but at least the new VW Group MEB platform is interesting, we will have to see future models, BMW offered the i3 EV / EREV and i8 plugin, now BMW has the new iX coming with a dedicated design EV platform (but, only for this model, why), all other BMW models will be based off existing platforms with EV internals

  • Kagiso Tlhabano
    Kagiso Tlhabano

    Genuinely disappointed at how Mercedes cars look nowadays.

  • Sebastian Daniels
    Sebastian Daniels

    I agree with Mat about the EQA, it's a nice electric car, but there are compromises to make which not most people would do.

  • jonas


  • R J
    R J

    Less space, awkward rear seating, same interior, less range,more price...What was Mercedes thinking ??

  • Usman Khalid
    Usman Khalid

    Elegant and beauty from Swiss German car Mercedes.

  • afghan Niaz
    afghan Niaz

    My man is driving around Cricklewoood/kilburn area. Be careful !

  • Abhigya Ishan
    Abhigya Ishan

    This Car costs $90,000 in India.

  • noraneko nekomatagi
    noraneko nekomatagi

    6:50 what's that yellow baggy in the door storage bin? do they make first aid kit in yellow these days?

  • Alok


  • Runar Kvamme
    Runar Kvamme

    Why? every video om adhd!! And try to be "funny" ... cringe🙈🙈.

  • Missaka Iddamalgoda
    Missaka Iddamalgoda

    Avoid It. 1. 🤢 front 2. Outdated looking rims. And it looks like the rim is bulged outwards more than the tire wall. So it is going to really curb happy. 3. The two tone interior seems to get on the nerves.

  • 7S POWER
    7S POWER

    7:12 Hey Mat, how come you didn't place any tree branch sticks in the motor compartment as you did in the ID.4 car review? Two sets of standards?

  • Tim Ford Falcon XF
    Tim Ford Falcon XF

    While i LOVE v8s mercs and petrol. The end is coming. The EQ is proof cars can be ev and good. EQA is nice. But i will go for a EQC or later S class EV ( that EQS )

  • Tom Dutch
    Tom Dutch

    LOL 180 miles is a joke. I drive a GLC with a 66L tank and get fuel anxiety when my range hits 200miles remaining. I’d not feel safe having that as a total amount of miles...

  • San Constantino Boutique Villa
    San Constantino Boutique Villa

    it doesn't have drl?

  • rudraksh mahajan
    rudraksh mahajan

    Is something wrong with the video or SLtoos? Everytime Matt asks us to look at something popping up on the top right hand corner, I don't see anything

  • noomy 663
    noomy 663

    This seems to catch up with Volvo's counterpart in terms of its sophisticated look.

  • Shahram Torki
    Shahram Torki

    Going for the numba too was gold

  • Lado Z
    Lado Z

    I bet the Ioniq 5 will wipe the floor with this expensive poor effort.

  • MLEすずつき

    request for Japan…😆

  • Gyorgy Kormendi
    Gyorgy Kormendi

    Driving light, lighting. Not on it?

  • Yeshpal Singh
    Yeshpal Singh

    You have always been critical and biased towards Mercs compared to its British counterparts..watching ur videos since years now...but now I doubt would do it again... shame

  • krzysiekg1983

    No dlr lights on the eqa? 🤔

  • uvsmealldayeveryday

    Mercedes is going downhill nowadays. Fake AMG's marketed as ,,AMG-enchanced models" which is complete bullshit, uglier and uglier new designs, AMG line on an ev hatchback-crossover, 4 cylinder C63 AMG..... WTF is going on with Mercedes, BMW and Audi lately? Yes, the eu regulations are nowadays getting more and more absurd everyday, but how Porsche still makes great products and haven't ruined their designs? (yet)

  • Design Mind
    Design Mind

    I actually really like the front bumper. It’s no fuss, I feel like most brands feel like it needs so much styling, minimalism is always better

  • Devin W
    Devin W

    Volvo camera car 😁

  • Geemitha Senanayake
    Geemitha Senanayake

    Isnt this design is copied like tucson ,tail light

  • Mark Brisec
    Mark Brisec

    I don't think that this approach Mercedes decided to take for their EV cars is the right one.. Making EV and ICE powered vehicles very similar is not what the customers want.. Especially for the interior design.. But then again I've recently seen a video about Mercedes' new hyperscreen technology which will be included into their higher end EV cars, and all that I can say is WOW... These curvy OLED screens make the Tesla's single screen look like a 1985 Bronco's interior.

  • Jeffrey Li
    Jeffrey Li

    Looks really boring

  • A M
    A M

    This car is a perfect example of exposing which auto maker is and isn't serious about making a true EV. It's absolutely pointless to develop and EV based on an ICE vehicle.

  • Gary

    These cars which were originally designed with the intention of petrol/diesel engines need to die a death. You pay all that money for a car which has been adapted to take batteries and electric motors, instead of designed to take them. As a result, you lose boot space, end up with masses of wasted space under the bonnet (hood) and, a higher centre of gravity. It's not good enough on a premium £50k car.

  • SixPotShot

    What Artico is Real Plastic - Eco? Only in the imagination of eco-warriors. Another attack on intelligence and MB having a laugh keeping the real leather money in the bank and selling you cheap plastic...

  • evtrekker13

    Nice review as always. I will say that speed bumps are where you'd want to use the one pedal driving feature. Super easy since acceleration and decelerations are seamless.

  • grandcalifornia

    Why do manufactures lie about the mileage per single charge? They should test the car in all environments and present the lowest achieved mileage per single charge.

  • Josh Mateo
    Josh Mateo

    The rear looks VERY similar to the Lexus UX.

  • Aleck Mc
    Aleck Mc

    The back seat is a clear deal-breaker, I'm afraid. In fact, it's a botched job Mercedes should be ashamed of.

    • Ohforahill

      It's as if Mercedes have treated this as an afterthought.

  • MrKlaw

    £1500 for active cruise is disappointing when so many other EVs have it as standard at much lower prices. If it was comparable in spec to a model 3 at the standard price it might be interesting - although maybe you can get some options for a similar price to the model Y?

  • James jack
    James jack

    I feel like it just looks a little too boring , interior is lovely but the exterior could do with a wee more flash yanno ? X

  • Neil Holmes
    Neil Holmes

    Skoda Enyaq please a proper EV............................................still waiting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jack Hone
    Jack Hone

    It’s colder weather you will get close to 250 in summer

  • Outdoor Olli
    Outdoor Olli

    GLA: I'm your father! EQA: Noooooo!!!!

  • Obloms

    This car illustrates why manufacturers should build one from scratch and not try to put in bunch of batteries into existing platform.


    It looks exactly like the new Hyundai Tucson

  • serendipityuk

    Couldn’t be less interested in this car.

  • One Issue Voter
    One Issue Voter

    It's coming folks, whether you like it or not. The wave of new electric vehicles is hitting, and Tesla's stock bubble is about to burst. By this time next year Tesla stock will be $250, on it's way down to $100 by 2024.

  • CZ CZ
    CZ CZ

    Just too expensive for what you get

  • Václav Skalický
    Václav Skalický

    The design is so terrible😳

  • Michael Shenton
    Michael Shenton

    He loves his pop-out banners 🙏


    the first 7 minutes are rather negative; so negative that there is no reason to want such a car where the compromise is very very expensive while getting less :(

  • Bu

    Is it just me who thinks this car doesn't look premium at all. It just looks like made by mid-level brand like Renault...

  • Mathias Bacher
    Mathias Bacher

    There's a lot of really good German music but they sent you the worst of the worst: Schlager 😂

  • Roland Rohde
    Roland Rohde

    The car is too high, too short and the boot opening is too small.

  • money G
    money G

    Why is the front camera off center 🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️

  • hi9580

    What are they going to call the sedan and hatch versions of the EQ?


    It looks like Merc is going to be last in this electric car "race". They made a major mistake with this ICE to Electric adaptation strategy.

  • ollyrukes

    lately, Mat's been testing EVs in the middle of Winter - no wonder the range is much lower. He rarely mentions that factor though.

  • rufdymond

    Considering the price of this car, it’s just a non starter.....until they move it to a new, dedicated, all electric platform, it makes no sense at that price, too many compromises.

  • marty1035

    what rubbish rear seating for a new modern car. absolute crap at that price.

  • Fanatic T
    Fanatic T

    What it i want to go from london to germany how many charges do i need?


    Wo ! Can you imagine how much Mercedes will charge to replace the Battery’s !!!! It will be a right off !!! If Nissan can’t achieve it Merc won’t ! It’s a scam Bring Back the V12’s more Co2 is good for the planet .

  • Shereen Kamel
    Shereen Kamel

  • H4M24UK

    This decade is going to be the EV revolution.

  • Petar Galić
    Petar Galić


  • Finch

    looks alot like an Opel to me. Just not an exciting mercedes

  • ViewBothSides

    The great thing about these Merc petrol/electric models is you can see how much you're being ripped off for the electic version.

  • John Terranova
    John Terranova

    I cant wait till you get to sit in the EQS... oh my, it moved...

  • Matthew Roberts
    Matthew Roberts

    10:26 why aren’t the day running lights working???

  • Gordon TheMan
    Gordon TheMan

    I think this design would work nicely on a sedan or coupe

  • Wuuduu

    that design looks like 5 years old hyundai

  • Beef Ingot
    Beef Ingot

    Yet another craptastic regular automaker entry to electric cars that's so obviously just a gimped remodeled regular model that no sane human being on planet earth would get it over a Tesla. At this point I have to think these are just compliance cars, because they clearly just aren't trying at all.

  • Beef Ingot
    Beef Ingot

    It makes no sense this is 8k more. Batteries and motors are cheaper and easier to develop and there is no gas engine so its literally just a tax for no reason. They are getting more profit and thats it.

    • Outdoor Olli
      Outdoor Olli

      Batteries are cheaper than fuel tanks? Haha.

  • A N
    A N

    There is a fairly easy rule to follow when buying an electric car: If it is an ICE (gas/diesel) car converted to electric, it is a compromise. You want a car that was built from the ground up as ELECTRIC.

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