Mercedes EQA interior & comfort
Even the entry-level Mercedes EQA Sport comes well equipped, with a solid, high-quality interior and lots of kit
The Mercedes EQA feels familiar, which is a great compliment. Despite sitting at the bottom of Mercedes' EQ electric range, it doesn’t feel as if the design team has cut any corners. The cabin is filled with sumptuous materials, including a set of Artico man-made leather seats that could fool even the most dedicated vegans.
The kit list is impressive, with even the entry-level Sport model coming stacked with standard equipment. Unless you really want or need the AMG Line’s sportier styling and bigger wheels, it’s the basic car that strikes the best balance and maximum value for money.
Whichever model you go for, the EQA feels like a premium product befitting of its £40,000-plus price tag – both in terms of interior quality, kit and comfort. You can read more about what we thought about ride and refinement in the electric motor, drive & performance section of this review.
Mercedes EQA dashboard
Mercedes is pretty good at shrinking its top-spec models to fit smaller budgets – offering much of the same design and technology in its flagship cars as it does its more mainstream variants, and that’s exactly what’s happened with the EQA.
Anyone who has sat in an EQC will find the EQA’s cabin feels instantly familiar, with a similar dual-screen layout and centre console design. Every version gets a pair of 10.25-inch displays, with Mercedes' tried-and-tested MBUX infotainment system. Below this sits a set of turbine-style air vents, each with ambient lighting built-in; the cabin can light up like a Christmas tree at night should you so wish.
Some of the EQC’s gloss-black plastic has been swapped for harder-wearing satin trim but none of it feels cheap; the interior and dashboard are befitting of the £40,000-plus price tag. You’ll have to search much lower down on the centre console or the bottom of the doors to find any truly budget materials.
Equipment, options & accessories
Thankfully, unlike on the EQC, every version of the EQA gets smartphone integration as standard, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus two 10.25-inch screens. It really is, both from a visual perspective and in terms of functionality, one of the best systems around.
Sport models also get heated seats, ambient lighting, sat nav and a reversing camera. In addition, every car gets 18-inch wheels, LED lights and tinted glass. It’s not often the base model offers such striking value for money.
Stepping up to AMG Line, as many EQA buyers will, brings a more dynamic look, with different alloy wheels and the usual AMG styling. You also get illuminated door sills and sports seats. The AMG Line Premium pack – available only on AMG Line cars, of course – costs £3,000 and adds 19-inch wheels, keyless entry and a panoramic roof, as well as wireless phone charging, augmented reality for the nav, and an upgraded sound system.
Finally, there’s the AMG Line Premium Plus pack, which is another £3,000 on top of the Premium pack, or £6,000 over the standard AMG Line. These cars come absolutely fully loaded, with 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, a Burmester stereo and a head-up display, but remember that these cars tip over the £50,000 threshold, disqualifying them from the £3,000 government plug-in car grant.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
The MBUX infotainment system is one of the most complete and tech-filled setups on the market. It’s pleasing then, that Mercedes hasn’t scrimped with its smallest and cheapest electric car – fitting the SUV with two 10.25-inch screens as standard; you don’t get that on the A-Class hatchback or petrol GLA models.
The graphics are sharp and the colours bright, and once you’ve got used to the fiddly steering wheel controls and slightly confusing trackpad, it’s actually one of the most intuitive systems on the market. Besides, you can always revert to the touchscreen should you wish.
Furthermore, AMG Line cars get Mercedes' clever augmented reality sat nav, which projects directional arrows onto images relayed from the front-facing camera to show you which exit to take or which street to drive down. It sounds like a gimmick, but it’s actually incredibly useful.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Mercedes EQA is the maker’s second EQ-branded electric car; based on the GLA, it’s a small SUV with a 263-mile range and 100kW rapid charging
- 2Range, battery & chargingWith a strong real-world range, the Mercedes matches its rivals in this regard, but a Volvo XC40 P8 will charge faster
- 3Running costsAside from its lofty insurance-group rating, the Mercedes EQA should be a very cheap car to run
- 4Electric motor, drive & performanceThe Mercedes EQA is a quiet and predictable car to drive, but it’s not much fun; rivals are more engaging
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingEven the entry-level Mercedes EQA Sport comes well equipped, with a solid, high-quality interior and lots of kit
- 6Practicality & boot spaceCabin space is strong, but the Mercedes EQA's boot is on the small side – both compared to the petrol GLA and fully electric rivals
- 7Reliability & safetyAs it's so new, there are no independent reliability or safety ratings for the EQA, but Mercedes has a good reputation in these areas, so expect a strong showing