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BMW 530e hybrid boot space & seating

The 530e loses some boot space in order to accommodate its batteries, but it's still adequately practical by executive-saloon standards

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

3.5 out of 5

LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up)
4,936mm1,868mm1,479mm410 litres

If you regularly carry a lot of luggage, BMW will point you in the direction of the 530e Touring estate. But for anyone satisfied with a four-door, the standard saloon model is likely to be good enough on the practicality front. There’s loads of space for passengers front and rear, plus a decent-sized boot, although you have to pay extra to get split-folding rear seats.

BMW 530e hybrid interior space, storage and comfort

Even tall occupants will be comfortable in the back of the 530e, although the middle back-seat passenger has to straddle a prominent hump in the floor. There’s also loads of storage space, with cup-holders, door bins and cubbyholes aplenty.

Boot space

The 530e’s battery pack sits under the boot floor, which eats up 120 litres of the luggage space you get in a non-hybrid 5 Series. That leaves 410 litres in total, which is enough for a couple of big suitcases, and a flat boot floor makes loading bulky items easy provided they fit through the unavoidable limitations of the letterbox-shaped saloon boot opening. Split-folding rear seats aren’t standard, so you’ll want to pay extra to get them if you do think you’re going to want more space on occasion.

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