Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
You wouldn’t expect to have any issues with front space in such a large car, and the good news is you won’t – at least not unless you’re freakishly tall. Good-sized door pockets, a lidded cubby (with integrated cupholders) beneath the air-con controls and further stowage space under the central armrest, make the EQC great for family life, too.
There’s no doubt the Audi E-tron is altogether more accommodating for people sitting in the back. Indeed, leg and head room in the EQC are more restrictive than in the rival Jaguar I-Pace, but the EQC has more room for three across its rear bench seat than the Jaguar. And we've only tried cars fitted with a sunroof, which reduces head room a little. If you want seven seats you'll need to splash out more on a Tesla Model X: the EQC is a five-seater only.
The EQC also has a smaller boot than the E-tron and I-Pace. That's mainly because it’s quite shallow, but there is some underfloor storage space and the bulk of the loadbay is a uniform shape, yet usefully wide near the entrance thanks to deep recesses. There's also no annoying lip to heave heavy items over and it’s really easy to fold down the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats; you just flick a switch and the seatbacks drop of their own accord, leaving a completely flat extended load area.