Did she actually say there's no where to keep your bag or purse out of the way. I don't know when last any small or sub-compact car had such a storage area like that. Usually I see women leave their purse on the passenger seat.
Cargo space for the trunk is great i think for a small car and even better with the rear seat folded down. You just don't buy a sub-compact car for cargo space... it's SUB-COMPACT for a reason!