2022 Mercedes-Benz EQA250 Malaysia Review – 66.5kWh Battery, 190PS/375Nm, 429km Range, RM287k

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Electrification is gaining traction at Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, with the company announcing a trio of all-electric offerings last month. However, the distinction of being first in the new offensive belongs to the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 AMG line. The crossover became the company’s first all-electric offering for the Malaysian market when it was introduced in March this year.

After sampling the car, Hafriz Shah says that while the EQA 250 may look disappointing on paper, especially with less than half the power of a similarly priced electric Volvo XC40, the numbers don’t always determine how things are finally unfolding. Indeed, our man found the car really likeable, and more than the sum of its parts – watch the video to see why he thinks so.

The fully imported EQA shares the same MFA2 platform with the H247 GLA, but adapted to accommodate the switch to electric propulsion. The biggest change, aside from the added weight, is that the EV sacrifices some boot space to allow for the placement of battery modules, with the EQA offering 340 liters of boot space instead of the 435 liters found in the GLA.

To help differentiate the EV from its gas-powered sibling, the EQA gets an EQ-specific front fascia with a closed-off grille in gloss black and a new design for the headlights, complete with blue detailing. The taillights have the same rectangular graphics as the GLA, but are joined to form a full-width unit. An AMG Line package gives the car a sportier presentation, and exterior specs include high-performance LED headlights (with Adaptive Highbeam Assist) and 19-inch AMG five-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels.

Inside, the EQA 250 features Artico synthetic leather/Dinamica microfibre upholstery, black pore lime wood trim, Nappa leather steering wheel and illuminated door sills with the EQ brand. There are, of course, the usual twin 10.25-inch digital instrument and infotainment screens, which are part of the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system.

Also present are power/ventilated front seats with memory function, Thermotronic dual-zone climate control (with rear air vents), ambient lighting system, Keyless-Go and hands-free power tailgate.

Driving power is provided by a front-mounted electric motor delivering 188 PS (190 hp or 140 kW) and 375 Nm, which is enough to take the EQA from standstill to 100 km/h in 8, 9 seconds and at a top speed of 160km/h. The motor is powered by a 66.5 kWh liquid-cooled 420-volt lithium-ion battery, which gives the car a range of up to 429 km on a single charge (WLTP cycle).

The battery can be fully recharged in five hours and 45 minutes via the AC route (11 kW, Type 2), while DC fast charging up to 100 kW with a suitable charger can bring the pack from a state of 10% to 80% charge (SoC) in just 32 minutes.

The EQA 250 AMG line is priced at RM286,888, on the road without insurance. It comes with a four-year unlimited-mileage warranty, while the EV battery is covered for eight years or 160,000 km, whichever comes first.

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