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BMW 530e hybrid practicality & boot space

The 530e loses some boot space in order to accommodate its batteries, but it’s still adequate for practicality by executive-saloon standards

BMW 530e xDrive
Rating
Practicality & boot space Rating
LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up)
4,936mm1,868mm1,479mm410 litres

There’s no estate version of the 530e, so practicality-lovers may find it a bit compromised from the off. If a big estate boot is on your priority list, you may want to look at the Mercedes E-Class hybrid or the Volkswagen Passat GTE.

But for anyone satisfied with a saloon, the 530e is likely to be good enough. There’s loads of space for four passengers and 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.

BMW 530e xDrive

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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