The Mercedes EQA 250 comes up short in real-world range test
The range per charge is probably one of the most important criteria for prospective EV buyers. In most regions around the world, the often used WLTP standard has unfortunately proven to be rather inaccurate when it comes to the officially projected range of new electric cars. After we recently reported that the BMW i4 M50 surpassed its official EPA range in the US, the Mercedes EQA 250 has now come on the other side of this equation.
According to a real-world range test conducted by Motor1, the electric compact SUV only managed to provide an average range of around 186 miles per charge during regular driving on the streets of Italy. In the city of Rome, the reviewed vehicle consumed 34.6 kWh per 100 miles, which translates into a range of just 190 miles. With a healthier mix of city and freeway driving, the Mercedes EQA 250 recorded an electric consumption of 33.5 kWh per 100 miles and a range of 198 miles per charge.
The Mercedes EQA 250 has to be driven very carefully in order to hit the official range estimate
On Italian highways, the range of the Mercedes EQA 250 dropped to 169 miles as the consumption increased to 39 kWh for every 100 miles. Fortunately, the reviewer somehow managed to reproduce the official WLTP range of the electric SUV, which ranges from 250 to 266 miles per charge. Drivers who exclusively travel on speed-limited freeways while being extremely gentle with the throttle can apparently push the range of the Mercedes EQA 250 to a very respectable 293 miles per charge. Either way, these findings once again illustrate that the widely used WLTP standard does not always provide a trustworthy range estimate for EV buyers in numerous regions around the world.
Motor1, Image: Mercedes-Benz