Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The e-Niro is a bigger car than models such as the Renault Zoe and offers plenty of leg and head room for six-footers. Its surprisingly broad interior means you won’t want for shoulder room, either; there's more distance between you and your passenger than in a Hyundai Kona Electric.
Elsewhere, there’s a generous-sized glovebox, two cupholders between the front seats (these can be folded away to make a large lidded cubby), a couple of shelves for your phone and keys in front of the gear selector, and door bins large enough to take a 500ml bottle of water.
The e-Niro offers significantly more rear head and leg room than you’ll find in the Kona Electric or Zoe. As a result, those over six feet tall won’t feel hemmed in, even when a similar-sized driver is sitting in front of them.
Seat folding and flexibility
The e-Niro’s rear seats split and fold in the traditional 60/40 ratio, rather than the more convenient 40/20/40 arrangement. The same is true in most rivals, including the Kona Electric and Soul EV.
The rear seats don’t offer any clever tricks, such as sliding back and forth or reclining.
Despite the extra batteries under the floor, the e-Niro actually has a bigger boot than hybrid versions of the Niro. In fact, boot space is similar to some mainstream family SUV rivals, such as the Nissan Qashqai.
The e-Niro's boot is also usefully square in shape and there’s virtually no lip at the entrance. For reference, we managed to fit five carry-on suitcases below the parcel shelf – the same number we fitted in an MG ZS EV. If you need a bigger boot, the Nissan Leaf can swallow up to seven cases, but the Tesla Model 3 trumps that with up to ten.
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