When the Audi Q4 e-tron makes its debut, it’s going to have its hands full with the competition that already exists in its segment. There’s the Tesla Model Y and BMW iX3. However, it’s going to be getting a newer, smaller and potentially even cheaper competitor from another one of its German rivals. The all-new Mercedes-Benz EQA is officially on its way and it offers an EV experience in a pint-sized crossover package.
The Mercedes-Benz EQA is developed on the same chassis and body as the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class of small crossovers. While it looks similar, its chassis and body have been modified to accommodate an EV powertrain and the extra interior space that comes with it. While the EQA could be a bit smaller than the Q4, it also could end up being cheaper because of its cheaper underpinnings.
However, the EQA should be a good little EV crossover when it makes its debut. For starters, it’s going to look good. The EQA looks similar to the GLA, just with some more interesting exterior touches, such as the rear light bar and rose gold wheels. It also looks outstanding on the inside, with a slick and modern design that features more ambient lighting than a German rave. The tech is slick as well.
Under its skin, the Mercedes-Benz EQA will pack a 66.5 kWh (usable) battery pack and, to start, a single asynchronous motor at the front axle. In its entry-level EQA 250 spec, it will make 188 horsepower, accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.9 seconds and will have around 310 miles of range. Its power and acceleration are a bit underwhelming but the EQA makes up for it by providing an impressive range.
When the Mercedes-Benz EQA goes on sale, it will start at 47,540.50 Euros. So it’s not going to be cheap. Having said that, it will likely be one of the very few EVs that can provide 300-plus miles of range at that price point.
The Audi Q4 e-tron will have more power than the EQA and will almost certainly be significantly faster but it likely won’t have more range. So for the more range-conscious EV buyers, the Mercedes-Benz EQA will be an attractive option in its price range.