Mercedes EQA practicality & boot space
Cabin space is strong, but the Mercedes EQA's boot is on the small side – both compared to the petrol GLA and fully electric rivals
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What Mercedes gives with one hand, it takes with the other. The EQA feels pretty spacious inside, both up front and in the rear, but the trade-off is a small boot with very little in the way of cable storage under the floor.
The rear seats are fixed, too, so there’s no option to increase boot space by pulling the bench forward. Still, at least there’s no load lip, and the seats fold pretty much flat with no step, making it easier to load longer items.
Size-wise, the EQA is slightly longer but marginally narrower than a Volvo XC40. Much like the petrol GLA, the EQA actually looks pretty compact in the metal, but recognisably different in its design. For the time being, the EQA is front-wheel-drive only; there's no EQA 250 4MATIC.
Mercedes EQA interior space, storage & comfort
Given the usual constraints of packaging the electric motor, battery and associated hardware, the EQA feels reasonably spacious inside. There’s enough room for six-foot-tall adults to sit in the back, for example, and while there is a transmission tunnel running the length of the car, it’s not overly intrusive.
You’ll also find USB-C ports in the back, plus doorbins capable of carrying small water bottles. There’s a central armrest that folds down to reveal a pair of cupholders, too.
One area where the EQA does suffer is when it comes to boot space, and this is largely due to packaging. Basing this car on a petrol-engine platform makes fitting the batteries and motors a little tricky; where the GLA offers a usable 495-litre boot – and even the electric Volvo XC40 a total of 413 litres – the EQA’s 340-litre maximum falls short. You can fold the seats down, of course, opening up a more generous 1,320 litres, measured up to the roof. Cable storage? That’s not great, though there is space for one of the leads under the boot floor – just be sure which one you will or won’t need before setting off.
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 & comfortEven the entry-level Mercedes EQA Sport comes well equipped, with a solid, high-quality interior and lots of kit
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingCabin 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