Hyundai Ioniq Electric practicality & boot space

A reasonable boot and decent passenger space mean the Hyundai Ioniq Electric is family-friendly

In spite of its swoopy side profile with sloping roof, the Ioniq manages to provide decent headroom for most rear passengers. Although six-footers may brush the rooflining, it’s definitely fine for kids in the back. The boot isn’t huge, but it’s adequate.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric interior space, storage and comfort

There are no space issues in the front of the Ioniq, as the driver and passenger are well catered for in a roomy cabin that provides plenty of seat adjustment. Things aren’t quite so impressive in the back, where the fact that rear passengers sit on top of the batteries conspires with that sloping, aerodynamically efficient roofline to limit headroom for tall occupants. Knee room isn’t too bad, though, and everyone gets a good view out thanks to a large glass area and relatively slim roof pillars.

The car is easy to get in and out of, with wide-opening doors. Cabin practicality is good, too, with large door bins, tablet storage in the centre console, and places for your wallet and phone plus the essential cup-holders.

Boot space

The Ioniq Electric has a 350-litre boot, which is almost 100 litres less than in the hybrid version of the car but slightly more than in a Toyota Prius. Some of that volume is taken up by the two supplied power cables that live under the boot floor, but you can extend the load space to 1,410 litres by folding down the 60:40 split rear seats. There’s a bit of a load lip to drag your suitcases or shopping over, but considering the battery sits partially beneath the boot floor Hyundai has done pretty well with the volume. There’s no room for a spare wheel, though; a tyre repair kit is supplied instead.