The BMW might be a little behind the Golf SV on outright passenger space, but it’s better for flexibility. In all variants except the 225xe, the rear seats slide easily in a 60/40 split, allowing you to increase luggage space or rear legroom depending on which suits your needs at that moment. Not only that, but the seat back is also split 40/20/40 and can be folded remotely from the boot to leave a smooth, virtually flat load bay.
As long as you haven’t specified electric seat adjustment, you have the option to fold the front passenger flat, so you can carry near-3.0m long items. This is available on SE or Luxury trims only.
As with the driver’s seat, the front passenger seat has broad range of movement as standard, albeit with an awkward height adjustment. Adding sports seats brings electric adjustment, more side support, and extendable thigh support, but adjustable lumbar is an additional extra.