In-depth reviews

BMW i3 boot space & seating

Compact dimensions belie the BMW i3's roomy interior, but it only has seating for four

Overall rating

3.0 out of 5

Boot space, seating & practicality rating

3.0 out of 5

£32,900 - £36,895
Fuel Type:
LengthWidthHeightBoot volume (seats up/down)
4,006mm1,791mm1,590mm260/1,100 litres

The interior of the BMW i3 feels light and airy, thanks not just to the car's tall body, but also because the cleverly designed interior and materials create a spacious ambience.

BMW i3 interior space, storage & comfort

Up front, the i3 is blessed with the sort of space and seating adjustability you find in any other BMW. There’s plenty of room for drivers of all shapes and sizes to get comfortable and the layout of the controls and instruments is designed for easy use. It’s not too bad in the back, either – at least for a car that takes up as little space as the i3 does on the road. However, it’s only a four-seater with no middle seatbelt on the back bench, and taller adults may feel a little cramped. On the plus side, the extensive glass areas on the rear doors means it never feels claustrophobic and a flat floor ensures plenty of foot room.

The rear-hinged back doors promise easy access, but the reality isn't great. You can only open the rears by opening the front doors first – they overlap – and the under-floor batteries mean you have to step up a little awkwardly to get into the rear seats. It's also very easy to find yourself trapped between the open front and rear door if you're in a tight parking spot trying to access a child seat. Storage around the interior is decent, though, with cupholders front and rear, plus a cubby under the centre armrest and a glovebox with a lid.

Boot space

The boot space in the rear of the i3 is fairly compact at just 260 litres, but it’s easy to load as there's no sill, and you can fold the split rear bench to access 1,100 litres if you're not carrying rear passengers. There’s no engine in front; lifting the bonnet reveals a storage tray where you can keep the charging cable.

Most Popular

Tesla Supercharger network opens to other EVs in the UK
Tesla Supercharger

Tesla Supercharger network opens to other EVs in the UK

15 stations and 158 chargers across the Supercharger network are now open for other electric-car users in the the UK
18 May 2022
New electric cars coming in 2022 and beyond
Polestars under cover
Coming soon

New electric cars coming in 2022 and beyond

With electric cars making up an ever-increasing proportion of sales, the industry is working flat out to launch new models – here's what's on the way …
19 May 2022
New Polestar 3 electric SUV to be unveiled in October 2022
Polestar 3

New Polestar 3 electric SUV to be unveiled in October 2022

Polestar’s large electric SUV will be followed by a sporty coupe-SUV called the Polestar 4 in 2023 and the flagship Polestar 5 saloon in 2024
19 May 2022