The interior layout, fit and finish
The Mercedes EQA offers a generally excellent driving position, with plenty of adjustment for the seat and steering wheel.
Some may find that the steering wheel rim obscures the view of the 10.0in digital driver display (standard across the range), but with such a wide range of adjustment available, there’s a good chance that it won’t be a problem for you.
That conveniently-located trackpad (which is augmented by smaller pads on the steering wheel that can be operated with your thumbs) makes this one of the easiest and safest systems to operate while driving.
Only BMW’s slightly more intuitive iDrive system is better, and it’s certainly easier to use than the touchscreen-only system of the Volvo XC40 Recharge, which is also spoilt by small menu icons that are difficult to hit on the move. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard.
The other good news is that the impressive tech and attractive design are backed up by very good build quality. The EQA is right up there with the XC40 in terms of general fit and finish, with materials that feel very high in quality; it’s only a slight wobble in the climate control panel that lets the side down a little.