Mercedes EQA review: boot space, seating & practicality
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.
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. Passengers may find they’re forced to sit with their knees quite high, though, as the battery is mounted under the floor.
Regardless, you also get USB-C ports in the back, plus door bins 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, the EQA’s 340-litre maximum falls short. There’s little excuse either – the Volvo XC40 Recharge has a 413-litre boot, while the new BMW iX1 (also based on a petrol car) boasts a whopping 490 litres with the rear seats in place. Both are quite a bit more practical than the miniature Mercedes.
You can fold the EQA’s 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
- 1VerdictBased on the combustion-engined GLA, Mercedes' premium compact electric SUV offers up to 324 miles of range and strong refinement
- 2Range, battery & chargingBe careful which model you pick; newer, front-wheel drive versions offer big range improvements versus 4MATIC range toppers
- 3Running costs & insuranceAside from its lofty insurance-group rating, the Mercedes EQA should be a very cheap car to run
- 4Performance, motor & driveThe Mercedes EQA is a quiet and predictable car to drive, but it’s not much fun; rivals are more engaging
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortEven the entry-level Mercedes EQA 250+ comes well equipped, with a solid, high-quality interior and lots of kit
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - 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 & safety ratingEuro NCAP awarded the EQA five stars for crash safety, but it's still a bit early to pronounce on long-term reliability