BMW 5 Series hybrid - Practicality & boot space
The boot size is reduced by the battery pack, but there’s lots of passenger space
The 5 Series PHEVs are only available in saloon form, with no 5 Series Touring estate option. This means it isn’t the most versatile load-carrier on the market but its boot is likely to prove sufficient for the daily use of most buyers.
BMW 530e and 545e interior space & storage
The 5 Series is a spacious car and even taller occupants should be content in the back, although the middle back-seat passenger has to place one foot each side of a prominent hump on the floor. Cup-holders, door bins and cubbyholes are plentiful and usefully shaped and sized.
The near-12kWh battery is housed under the boot floor and this has the effect of eating into boot space. It loses 120 litres compared to conventionally powered models, with 410 litres in total. However, BMW is proud of the fact the boot floor is flat, without any awkward humps to load items over. It’s worth noting, however, that split-folding rear seats aren’t standard and cost around £330 to add, which is a little stingy on a car costing almost £50,000.