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 electric powered and electric powered only. 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
Longer and lower than its combustion-engined counterpart the Toyota RAV4, the bZ4X also offers its occupants a bit more interior space, thanks to a long wheelbase and short overhangs. Toyota claims passengers enjoy as much legroom as in a luxury saloon like the Lexus LS, and there’s certainly plenty of it back there, 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.
On the storage front, there’s neither a glovebox nor a 'frunk' under the bonnet, however the conventional 452-litre boot is both spacious and well shaped. It has a flat loading lip and space underneath for cables. 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 have yet to be confirmed, but Toyota’s ‘Relax’ warranty and all-in leasing packages are plus points here
- 4Performance, motor & driveA genuinely engaging driving experience is one of the Toyota bZ4X’s most surprising and impressive aspects
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortQuality materials, innovative design and top-notch technology all come together in the bZ4X’s cabin
- 6Boot space, seating & practicality - currently readingThe bZ4X doesn’t comprehensively outshine any rivals here, but should still be spacious enough for most
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThere’s no hard data available yet, but the bZ4X should perform well in these areas