Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’ll be no complaints from those in the front, thanks to the generous head and leg room. The rear seats aren’t quite as humongous as they are in a Skoda Superb, but they're still relatively impressive for the class, seating two tall adults with knee and head room to spare, even when behind another couple of similar-size people in the front. As with most cars in this class, though, three large adults sitting side-by-side will feel a little cosy.
A family estate is pointless without a boot size that can cope with everyday life, and in this respect, the Sportswagon holds its own in the class. It can't match the class-leading Superb's massive load bay, but it's bigger than the Mondeo's and provides good access, a low boot floor and no annoying lip at the boot entrance. A powered tailgate is standard on GT-Line S models.
Furthermore, the Sportswagon's rear seats split in a handy 40/20/40 configuration and fold down – using levers just inside the boot entrance – to leave a flat floor from boot entrance to the front seatbacks.
Bargain small estate offers plenty of room, but refinement and...
Like the hatchback, mature and refined with added boot space
Competitive in lots of areas but not outstanding
Stylish, practical and good value – a fine estate