Mercedes EQA review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Mercedes EQA offers a high level of comfort, but a small boot might put off some buyers
The all-electric Mercedes EQA is a comfortable and refined premium small SUV. On the road very little noise enters the cabin, while the seats offer good levels of support and the regenerative braking system allows for one-pedal driving that helps to take the hassle out of navigating around town.
Extra touches such as an electrically-operated tailgate, a reversing camera and heated seats all come as standard and add to the premium feel of the EQA. If you are willing to part with a little more cash, the Premium pack offers a keyless-go function and Mercedes’ MBUX Interior Assistant which uses gesture control for the infotainment system.
Measuring 4,463mm in length, the EQA is 53mm longer than the GLA , although Mercedes' entry-level EV isn’t quite up to the scale of the 4,713mm Ford Mustang Mach-E or the Volkswagen ID.4 at 4,584mm. The Ford and VW are wider, too, at 1,881mm and 1,852mm respectively, against the Mercedes’ 1,834mm.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The EQA offers decent interior space with enough room in the back for taller adults to sit behind the front passengers. There is plenty of head room in the rear, too, while anyone sitting in the middle seat shouldn’t feel too short changed in terms of comfort. The sizeable doors make entry and exit easier, too. We did find that the floor was quite high in relation to the seat base, so those travelling in the rear will have their legs set a little awkwardly away from the squab.
At 340 litres, the EQA’s boot is 95 litres down on the GLA model which might prove to be a sticking point for a growing family. What's more, the BMW iX1 offers s much more generous 490-litre boot, and the Audi Q4 e-tron's 520-litre luggage capacity will be hard to resist for those prioritising practicality. Fold down the rear seats in the EQA and you get 1,320 litres of space to play with, which is trumped by both of its key rivals from the BMW and Audi.
Buyers wanting decent towing ability will need to look to the all-wheel drive EQA 4MATIC versions which have a braked trailer towing capacity of 1,800kg. The front-wheel drive 250+ variant is limited to 750kg.
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
- 2Electric motor, drive and performanceIf 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 technologyIt’s the usual premium fare inside the Mercedes EQA, while the infotainment system is a real highlight
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe 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