The technicians are genuinely capitalising on their experience, not using “tricks”, even though the technical standard does permit some finessing. “It is permitted to remove everything from the luggage compartment that isn’t bolted down, for example. But we don’t go that far – we want the volume to be realistic and consistent with the actual usable space,” Kraus points out. Even so, the space beneath the luggage compartment floor is included in the measurement, and when the measurement is being done with the rear seats folded down the space beneath the folded rests is counted. The technical standard allows this provided that this space can be reached after the doors are opened – it is defined as an additional luggage space.
Measuring with the seats folded down the front seats need to be put in the right position. Dummies are used to put the seat in a position defined for an average person by the technical standard.
Measuring with the seats folded down is a relatively complicated task. The front seats need to be put in the right position as well, for example. “Dummies are used to put the seat in a position defined for an average person by the technical standard. We then place a polycarbonate partition behind the seat to firmly delimit the space we can arrange the blocks in. This stops the blocks from slipping between the seats,” Hancko explains. Various other storage spaces located behind the car’s front seats are also included in the total volume with folded down seats: these include compartments in the doors, by the mudguards and so on.
That’s because the technical standard dictates that the biggest measured luggage compartment volume is stated, and various extra features can naturally reduce this volume.