BMW 530e long-term test: report 3

Following a recent facelift, the plug-in hybrid BMW 530e promises punchy performance and a longer electric range. We're living with one to see if it delivers...

LT BMW 530e side

The car BMW 530e M Sport Run by Steve Huntingford, editor

Why it’s here We want to know if this luxurious saloon really gives buyers the best of both worlds

Needs to Combine outstanding comfort and refinement with strong performance and good real-world fuel economy

Mileage 1920 List price £52,325 Target Price £44,583 Price as tested £59,080 Test economy 79.8mpg Official economy 156.9-201.8mpg

15 February – Playing Tetris

One of the things I like most about my flat is the high ceilings. Right up until the point when a bulb blows, because then the only way to change it is to go and get the ladder out of my storage unit.

Sure, this is only a five-minute drive away, and the ladder fits easily enough into something boxy like an SUV. However, saloons can present more of a problem.

LT BMW 530e transporting ladder

In my BMW 530e, for example, the ladder won’t fit through the '40' side of the 60/40 split-folding rear seats, because the gap is too narrow, even when the ladder is tilted to 45 degrees.

Instead, I have to drop the '60' part, which is on the passenger’s side of the car, where my daughter’s child seat normally resides to stop her kicking me in the back.

The child seat has to be shifted over, then, which adds to the general faff. However, once that’s done the extended load area is long enough that the ladder can go in straight without any more interior juggling. And there’s still enough room left over for three people to fit in the car.

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