Mercedes EQA review - Interior, design and technology
It’s the usual premium fare inside the Mercedes EQA, while the infotainment system is a real highlight
Rather than design and build a bespoke platform for the all-electric EQA, Mercedes has opted to adapt existing architecture from its GLA small SUV. Space has been created under the vehicle floor to house the electric motor and a battery pack, while the platform has been strengthened to support this extra load. With a kerb weight of well over 2,000kg, the EQA is a heavy car; a full 500kg more than the closely related GLA model.
At first glance, the EQA appears to be a dead ringer for the GLA combustion-engined car. While this is largely true, there are a few tell-tale signs that give the game away and let people know that this is an all-electric model. The EQA has softer lines compared to the rest of the A-Class family, along with a blanked-off grille - the focus being to create a smooth exterior to help reduce unwanted drag and move more cleanly through the air.
Inside, perceived quality remains high with lots of soft-touch materials on regular touchpoints, although in our test car we did notice some lower-grade plastics used elsewhere in the cabin.
Standard kit is pretty generous with the Sport versions benefitting from LED headlights, rear privacy glass, heated front seats and climate control, while the popular AMG-Line trim includes a more aggressive exterior styling kit, sports seats, a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel trimmed in Nappa leather and plenty of aluminium trim.
Upgrading further to the Premium and Premium Plus packs brings luxury items such as a sliding panoramic glass sunroof, a wireless smartphone charging pad, a head-up display and electrically-adjustable front seats with a memory function.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The EQA includes dual 10.25-inch displays which create a widescreen look across the top of the dash. The intuitive infotainment system is excellent, with sharp graphics and a touchscreen which responds quickly to any inputs.
You have the option to upgrade the sat-nav to feature ‘augmented reality’ which helps with directions by overlaying arrows onto a live feed of the road ahead. We think it’s slightly gimmicky, although some of the Auto Express staff have been more positive about its usefulness - perhaps one to try before you buy.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both standard across the EQA range, along with a nine speaker audio system. The Premium pack adds a further speaker to the mix, while Premium Plus versions receive the top-of-the-range Burmester surround sound system with 12 speakers and a 590-watt total output.
In this review
- 1Mercedes EQA reviewYou’ll be impressed with the premium feel of the Mercedes EQA, but versatile rivals offer a more complete all-electric package
- 2Engines, performance and driveIf you’re after comfort and refinement, then the EQA certainly delivers, but you’ll have to pay handsomely to access the extra pace of the more powerful versions
- 3Range, charging & running costsThe EQA has a reasonable range and decent charging capability, but will be expensive to insure
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingIt’s the usual premium fare inside the Mercedes EQA, while the infotainment system is a real highlight
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Mercedes EQA offers a high level of comfort, but a small boot might put off some buyers
- 6Reliability and safetyExcellent levels of safety kit and decent warranty cover should inspire confidence in EQA customers