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
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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.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe BMW 5 Series plug-in hybrid is a lot like every other version of the 5 Series, in that it's great to drive, comfortable and luxurious
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingWith a pure-electric range of over 30 miles and CO2 emissions as low as 31g/km, the 530e will be very cheap to run – provided you charge it regularly
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe BMW 530e's running costs versus a diesel equivalent are extremely low for company-car users, but the difference isn't as great for private buyers
- 4Performance, engine & driveYou get bona-fide sports-saloon pace and grace with the 5 Series hybrid, but the ride is slightly firm
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe 530e is the same inside as the standard 5 Series, and that's no bad thing: it's comfortable, high-tech and classy
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThe 530e loses some boot space in order to accommodate its batteries, but it's still adequately practical by executive-saloon standards
- 7Reliability & safety ratingSafety and reliability are both BMW 5 Series strong points, and the 530e plug-in hybrid is no different