Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
So far we’ve only sampled an HS with a panoramic roof (it's standard fit on the Exclusive trim level). A 6ft 2in-tall adult will find enough head room up front, although they won’t have vast amounts of extra space above their bonce. The seat can slide back far enough to accommodate those with long legs, but taller drivers may wish the seat went a little lower.
There’s a small lidded cubby in front of the gearlever with a couple of USB ports and a 12V socket, although it could do with being a little bigger to allow you to stash your smartphone. At least the cupholders are a good size and there’s more storage under the centre armrest, even if this does block the cupholders when you move it to its most forward position.
Move to the rear and you’ll find there’s good rear leg room, although the floor at the back is mounted a bit high for our liking. Either way, there’s more space than you’ll find in a Citroën C5 Aircross, although you’re likely to find a Skoda Kodiaq more comfortable. Even so, that same 6ft-plus adult won’t feel too hemmed in and will have space between their head and the roof. Unlike some rivals, there’s no seven-seat option.
You’ll also find that the boot is rather small compared with those of the aforementioned rivals, with room for only six carry-on cases in our tests compared to the eight that a Mazda CX-5 will swallow. Indeed, even the smaller Skoda Karoq has more room for cargo than the HS. The boot is well designed, though, with a covered storage area beneath the boot floor. That said, the 60/40 split-folding rear seat is less versatile than the 40/20/40 arrangement offered by the 5008, but you do at least get reclining rear seats.