Toyota bZ4X boot space, seating & practicality
The bZ4X doesn’t comprehensively outshine any rivals here, but should still be spacious enough for most
The bZ4X has all the packaging benefits of a car designed from the word go to be an EV and only an EV. So there’s more room inside than you’d expect to find in an equivalent petrol or diesel-engined SUV, with a flat floor and no bulky transmission tunnel restricting foot room. The Toyota isn’t radically more spacious than any of its electric SUV rivals, however.
Toyota bZ4X interior space, storage & comfort
The bZ4X is longer and lower than its combustion-engined equivalent the Toyota RAV4, and offers its occupants a bit more interior space too, thanks to a long wheelbase and short overhangs. Toyota claims rear passengers enjoy as much legroom as a luxury saloon like the Lexus LS, and there’s certainly plenty of it in the back, but you may feel like you’re sitting too low with your knees too high due to the batteries under the floor.
One glaring omission you might notice straight away is the lack of a glovebox. Toyota tried to slim down the bZ4X’s dashboard to give a greater sense of space inside, losing the glovebox in the process. Clever use of space between the front seats is supposed to make up for that, but rivals have managed the same trick while still keeping the glovebox. Elsewhere, there’s a lidded box for your smartphone with wireless charging, some cupholders and a bin with an armrest, plus large door bins front and back.
The bZ4X doesn’t feature a ‘frunk’ or any extra storage under the bonnet, although the same is true for a lot of electric family SUVs including the VW ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV. However, they at least offer more than 500 litres of boot space, compared to the more adequate 452 litres in the bZ4X. It has a flat loading lip and space underneath for cables at least, but the rear seats don’t fold flat – there’s a gentle step up, again due to the batteries under the floor.
In This Review
- 1Toyota bZ4X reviewAlthough it doesn’t move the game on in a major way, the Toyota bZ4X is an instantly competitive contender in the electric family SUV arena
- 2Range, battery & chargeThe bZ4X doesn't set any range or charging records, but gets impressively close to its claimed numbers in real-world driving
- 3Running costs & insuranceInsurance groups are higher than most rivals, but Toyota’s ‘Relax’ warranty and all-in leasing packages are plus points here
- 4Performance, motor & driveA fun driving experience is one of the Toyota bZ4X’s most surprising and impressive qualities
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe bZ4X’s infotainment system is a vast improvement on those found in previous Toyotas
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThe bZ4X doesn’t comprehensively outshine any rivals here, but should still be spacious enough for most
- 7Reliability & safety ratingToyota’s reputation for reliability is bolstered by an extensive list of standard safety features