Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’s no doubt that lanky occupants are better off without the optional panoramic glass sunroof. It may shower the interior with sunlight, but it also nicks quite a bit of head room and is something to think about before placing your order if you’re more than six feet tall. Front leg room, meanwhile, is first class, as is interior width, and front seat passengers are unlikely to clash elbows.
That panoramic roof can make taller rear seat passengers feel a little hemmed in, too, but leg room is much more generous than in the Audi A4 Avant, Mercedes C-Class Estate and BMW 3 Series Touring. Indeed, the only estate at this price with more interior space is the Skoda Superb. Meanwhile, sizeable cubbies and compartments and a decent glovebox provide plenty of storage options, although the door bins are a little small. It’s also worth pointing out that the optional CD player takes space away from the cubby under the centre armrest.
Anybody who thinks taking the SUV route is the only way to get a decent boot these days should think again. The Cross Country is a worthy alternative, with 529 litres of space revealed when the standard electrically operated tailgate is open. That’s more space than its immediate rivals can muster and easily enough to cope with buggies or a couple of large suitcases.
If you go without the optional spare wheel, there’s more space available under the floor. The rear seats, meanwhile, can be folded completely flat to the floor to make even more space for bulky items, an operation that, with the optional Convenience Pack, only takes a simple button press. The pack also adds a 12V socket in the boot and a flip-up load bar divider with hooks for your shopping bags. You can even remotely fold the rear headrests for better visibility, so this is an option well worth paying for.
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
One of the best estates available at any price