Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The boxy shape of the Mercedes EQB means there's lots of front space, and even the optional sunroof doesn’t do much to dent head room. Leg room is plentiful, even for tall drivers and front-seat passengers.
You also get plenty of space to store odds and ends. There's a button ahead of the centre armrest, and when you push it, it reveals a deep cubby. You'll find another lidded cubby in front of the infotainment touchpad and a dedicated area for your smartphone. Even the door pockets are big.
Opening the tailgate reveals a pretty square cargo area with no lip at the entrance, making it easy to load and unload bulky objects. With five seats in use, there's 500 litres of space up to the tonneau cover, which is enough for a couple of buggies or large suitcases. A Q4 e-tron offers slightly more capacity, but the EQB is much bigger than that of the XC40 Recharge.
The flip side of this is that the XC40 has space under its bonnet to store the charging cables, whereas the EQB doesn’t. This is much more of an issue when all seven seats are in play, because what little room is left is taken up by the hefty charging cable bags, and there’s no underfloor storage for them.