The new Mercedes-Benz EQA has gone on sale, with prices starting at £40,495 for the compact electric SUV.

Inclusive of the Government’s plug-in car grant, that price brings a 66.5kWh battery which allows the EQA to return a claimed range of up to 262 miles from a single charge.

In addition, a 100kW on-board charger will allow the EQA to be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in as little as 40 minutes via a rapid charger, while a regular charge using an 11kW home wallbox will take around five hours and 45 minutes to go from 10 to 100 per cent.

All models benefit from satellite navigation with electric intelligence as standard, which calculates the driver’s route while taking into account the amount of time needed to charge.

As standard all cars receive LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels and Merc’s new MBUX infotainment system which comprises two 10-inch displays mounted alongside one another to create one, seamless-looking screen. All cars get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, too.

Move up to AMG Line and you’ll find features such as 20-inch alloys added, as well as sports seats and illuminated door sills which incorporate the EQA lettering. Prices for AMG Line EQA models start from £41,995, again inclusive of the plug-in car grant.

An optional Premium package – costing £3,000 – can be added to AMG Line cars, adding a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and an advanced sound system.

A final Premium Plus package builds on this further, adding 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels, electrically adjustable damping and a 360-degree parking camera. An upgraded Burmester surround-sound system is also added, building on the EQA’s already impressive tech levels. The Premium Plus package costs an extra £6,000 on top of the AMG Line specification.