Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The ASX feels adequately roomy in the front. Providing you’re not well north of six-feet tall, you will find enough head and leg room, but anyone especially lofty will find the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq more accommodating all round. Access is good thanks to wide door openings, but we’d avoid the panoramic roof that’s standard on Exceed models – it makes head room tight for anyone much over six-foot.
The glovebox is a sensible size, as is the cubby under the central armrest. There are also two cup holders next to the gearlever, and another in front of it, but the door bins are narrow and will take only a small bottle of water.
The ASX is one of the smaller cars in our family SUV class, and this really shows in the rear. It’s fine for average-sized adults, but anyone tall will find that their head brushes the roof lining. Again, as with front space, the panoramic roof that’s standard on Exceed trim reduces head room still further. The relative shortage of leg room may also be a concern, especially if those in the front have their seats slid back. That's why we'd recommend a Skoda Karoq to anyone looking to regularly carry adults in the back.
On the plus side, the rear seat is quite wide so it's possible for three to sit abreast, as long as all concerned can accept that there will be a bit of shoulder rubbing. It’s a shame that rear passengers don’t get door bins in which to stow their odds and sods, but the fold-down central armrest contains a couple of cup holders.
Seat folding and flexibility
The standard 60/40-split rear seats are par for the course, but they don’t offer the versatility of those rivals with rear seats that split in a 40/20/40 fashion. The Karoq is one of those rivals, and you can even remove its rear seats entirely for added flexibility.
Nor do the ASX's rear seats slide or recline like the Karoq's, and there is no option of a folding front passenger seat for those occasions when you need to carry really long items while only the driver's seat gets height adjustment on all trims.
There’s 442 litres of boot space with all the seats in place, which is more than you'll find in a Nissan Qashqai but less than a Skoda Karoq offers. You’ll have no problem accommodating a fold-up pram or the fruits of a family shopping session, though.
Lifting the tailgate reveals a wide aperture with only a small lip from the bottom of the tailgate opening down to the boot floor, so you won’t struggle too much lifting those big, heavy loads in or out. The rear seats can be folded almost flat, too, and leave no step in the load deck. Meanwhile, under the boot floor you’ll find a decent amount of storage to separate loose or delicate items.
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