Although the Magnite is not very tall, getting in is easy thanks to the right seat height and wide-opening doors. Once inside, there are many things to like here. Firstly, you are welcomed by a funky-looking all-digital instrument cluster which looks straight out of an arcade game with groovy graphics. The dashboard has a honeycomb mesh pattern running across but some black-glossy elements would have elevated the cabin feel to a great extent. And addressing the elephant in the room, the quality of plastic used here is acceptable at best. It won’t set any benchmark, especially in its segment, but what it offers isn’t a lacklustre cabin. Instead, it looks and feels much better in real than it does in the pictures.
We liked the clutter-free, two-tier centre console with large, usable space and a wireless charging tray. There’s a nice tactile feel to the buttons and toggle switches. The eight-inch touchscreen slapped on the dash is easy to read and reach out. And the Urus-styled air-vents also look the part in the clean dashboard layout. There’s more than sufficient shoulder room upfront making the cabin feel airier.
Combine it with a good amount of headroom and the Magnite feels like a bigger car on the inside than it appears from the outside. Good visibility with a commanding driving position is further helped by thin A-pillars and large ORVMs. As for the seats, they offer soft cushioning with good support at all the necessary points, especially on the side bolsters and under the thigh. Even the fabric seat covers with synthetic leather accents used here feel nice to touch. There’s large space all around to shove in stuff including cup holders both fore and aft and a 10 litre glove box.
Move to the back and the bench continues to offer a good amount of space. For my height (I am 5'5), the scooped roof offers ample headroom, and there’s more than ample knee room as well with surprisingly good under-thigh support. As for the shoulder room, three medium-sized individuals can easily sit abreast without feeling uncomfortable. Lastly, the boot space of 336 litres is on par with its rivals. And it’s good enough to fit in a full-size suitcase and two other medium-sized ones, and you can fold down the split-seats to increase the capacity to 690 litres.