Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
By the standards of cheap electric cars, the 5 is rather spacious. There’s plenty of head and leg room up front for a couple of tall adults, and they won’t be clashing elbows on the central armrest either. The front door bins are usefully big and there’s storage underneath that central armrest, but the shelf in front of the rotary gear selector is a bit small. You’ll probably end up sticking your phone in a cupholder when it’s charging.
Rear space is undoubtedly more generous than a Peugeot e-208 or Renault Zoe and there’s more head room than you’d get in a Nissan Leaf. Tall adults certainly won’t have the space to sprawl out, though. Leg room behind a taller driver is adequate rather than generous, while anyone more than an inch or two over 6 feet tall will find their head very close to the roof. An MG ZS EV is a more spacious option, while conventional estates such as the Ford Focus and Skoda Octavia are also more accommodating. At least the 5 has a flat floor to make seating three in the back a bit easier.
Boot capacity is slightly down on the MG ZS EV and significantly less than the Focus and Octavia estates. That said, the space on offer in the 5 is comparable with the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV’s and more generous than the Nissan Leaf’s. There’s a sizable loading lip to contend with on the 5 and no height adjustable boot floor to even things out, either. The rear bench folds with a typical 60/40 split.
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