Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
While the Citroën e-C4 isn’t especially spacious up front, it’s roomier than it feels; the close proximity of the windscreen pillars can leave you feeling a little hemmed in, but, in reality, six-footers fit easily enough. That’s true even if you specify the optional panoramic glass roof, but if you’re super tall and still worried, there is a little more space in the front of the Volkswagen ID.3.
There are also some thoughtful storage touches, including a dedicated area for your smartphone and a tray that slides out of the passenger’s side of the dashboard, to which you can clip a tablet.
Two adults will fit in the back of the e-C4 with greater ease than they would in the cramped Mazda MX-30, and they’ll have plenty of room for their feet beneath the front seats. However, they won’t have as much head or leg room to spare as they would in the Kia e-Niro or ID.3.
Shoulder room becomes tight if you add a middle passenger, too, and there’s a good chance that he or she will have to duck, because head room is tighter for anyone sitting on the raised-up centre seat.
Seat folding and flexibility
The e-C4’s rear seats don’t do anything clever, such as sliding or reclining. But, as with most small electric cars, you can fold down the 60/40 split backrests by pulling levers next to the outer rear head restraints.
There’s also a ski hatch on the top-spec Shine Plus trim, which you can add as an option to Shine grade cars by ticking a box for the Interior Ambiences package.
We were able to fit five carry-on suitcases beneath the e-C4’s parcel shelf – that’s better than the MX-30 and matches the capacity of the e-Niro and ID.3, but you can get more in the boot of a Nissan Leaf.
The e-C4’s boot floor is height adjustable, with only a small lip to lift luggage over when it’s in its highest position. If you raise this up, it also levels out the extended boot floor when you drop the rear seat backs – the DS 3 Crossback E-Tense doesn’t have this feature, leaving you with an awkward step.
There’s also some useful under-floor storage for the charging cables, so the boot is free for luggage. Again, that’s not something the 3 Crossback has, and nor does the ID.3.
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