In a short break between the main EV tests, Bjørn Nyland takes on a more humorous approach to measure the cargo potential of new models, using banana boxes.

In a new episode, we can see the BMW i4 M50, recently range tested in cold weather, which is not really a good banana box hauler.

The main issue is the rear slope, which limits the trunk's cargo capacity, as well as the lack of a frunk (front trunk), despite a pretty long hood.

According to the test, the BMW i4 M50 can take up to 5 banana boxes in the trunk (with some additional space, but not enough for the sixth box). For reference, it's one less than in the case of the Polestar 2 or Tesla Model 3 (which also can store one box in the frunk for a total of 7). The Volkswagen ID.3 can take 7 in the trunk (no frunk).

After folding the rear seats, up to 18 boxes can be put inside, which is two more than the total for the Tesla Model 3 mid-size sedan, but still one less than in the case of the Volkswagen ID.3 compact hatchback or the Polestar 2.


Results (number of boxes: trunk+frunk/total after folding the rear seats):

  • Tesla Model S facelift 8+0/22
  • Xpeng G3 8/21
  • Nissan Leaf 2018 7/21
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge 7+0/21
  • Kia Soul EV 6/21
  • MG ZS EV 8/20
  • Mercedes-Benz EQC 7/20
  • Jaguar I-pace 6+0/20
  • Peugeot e-2008 6/20
  • Volkswagen ID.3 7/19
  • Citroen ë-C4 7/19
  • Polestar 2 6+0/19
  • Lexus UX 300e 7/18
  • Hyundai Ioniq 6/18
  • 2022 BMW i4 M50 5/18
  • Nissan Leaf 2013 5/18
  • DS3 Crossback e-tense 5/18
  • Peugeot e-208 5/18
  • Xpeng P7 Performance 5+0/18
  • Tesla Model 3 6+1/17
  • Renault ZOE 6/17
  • Opel Mokka-e 5/17
  • Opel Ampera-e 5/17
  • Porsche Taycan 5+1/16
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