Looking for the best cars with big boots?
Whether you have a large family, a hobby that requires a lot of gear or a tendency to get carried away in Ikea, sometimes a little extra space is necessary.
When it comes to boot space, appearances can be deceptive - not all big cars have cargo capacity to match, and some smaller cars conceal surprisingly roomy boots.
If boot space is a priority for you, there are plenty of cars out there that should satisfy your luggage-carrying needs. To help you in your search, we’ve put together a list of the best cars with big boots.
The best small cars with big boots
If you want maximum boot space in a compact package, these small cars with big boots are the way to go.
- Renault Clio: The Clio is the queen of small cars when it comes to boot capacity. At 391 litres, it beats not only its rivals but even some cars in the class above. A low floor and wide boot opening help the Clio maximise volume, but this also gives it a large load lip that could be an annoyance when lifting large items in and out. With the rear seats down, boot capacity is increased to a voluminous 1,069 litres.
- Seat Ibiza: The Seat Ibiza is impressively roomy for a vehicle its size, with more space for luggage than almost any other small car. Its boot capacity is 355 litres, which is easily enough to fit a buggy or a couple of large suitcases. If you fold the seats down, the boot space can be expanded to 823 litres.
The best family cars with big boots
More people means more luggage, more equipment and more shopping - so it makes sense to go for a family car that can easily fit it all in. These are the best family cars with big boots.
- Skoda Octavia: The Skoda Octavia hatchback leaves most other family cars in the dust in terms of boot capacity. At 591 litres, it can fit around 11 carry-on suitcases - most other cars in its class only have room for five or six. With the seats down it stretches to a generous 1,580 litres. It also has handy features like shopping bag hooks, velcro restraints and a 12v power supply.
- Hyundai i30: Although it can’t match the Octavia, the Hyundai i30 beats most of its rivals on loadspace with a generous 395 litre boot. It’s a regular shape with good depth and access, making it easy to load and unload. With the seats folded it expands to an impressive 1,301 litres. The i30’s sleeker sibling, the i30 Fastback, has a larger boot on paper at 450 litres. However, reviews suggest it’s less practical than the standard hatchback due to its awkward shape, raised load lip and narrow boot opening.
The best estate cars with big boots
If you want a spacious car that still feels manageable, an estate is a great option. Here’s our pick of the best estate cars with big boots.
- Skoda Superb Estate: The Skoda Superb Estate’s boot is, quite simply, enormous. It’s 660 litres, giving you enough room for 11 carry-on suitcases. It’s long, wide and pleasingly square, meaning you can really make the most of the space. With the seats down it expands to a massive 1,950 litres. You can also fold down the front passenger seat, enabling you to carry items as long as 3.3 metres. As with the Skoda Octavia, it has useful touches like hooks for shopping bags, luggage dividers and a 12v socket.
- Mercedes E-Class Estate: The Mercedes E-Class Estate’s ample boot is one of its biggest selling points. At 640 litres, it’s big enough to hold around eight carry-on suitcases. Not only that, but lift up the false floor and hey presto - there’s room for a ninth. Fold down the seats and you get a mammoth 1,820 litres. The wide boot opening, flat floor and lack of load lip make it a doddle to load, too.
The best SUVs with big boots
Sporty, robust and versatile, an SUV is a great choice if you want to maximise space without compromising on style.
- BMW X7: The BMW X7 is massive, both inside and out - so it’s not surprising it has a correspondingly massive boot. The car comes with seven seats as standard, and even with all seven in place it has a generous 326 litres of cargo space available. With the third row folded away you get 750 litres of space, and with just the front row in place you get an enormous 2,120 litres.
- Peugeot 5008: The Peugeot 5008 is a large, practical car with a boot to match. As with most seven-seat SUVs, boot space is a little tight with all seven seats in place. However, drop the back row and you get a huge 952 litres. This stretches to an impressive 2,150 litres with the back and middle rows folded away, giving you the cargo capacity of a small van.
The best MPVs with big boots
These van-like beasts have bags of room for both people and luggage, making them a top choice when space and practicality are your top priorities.
- Ford Tourneo Connect: The Ford Tourneo Connect is spacious all round, and the boot is no exception. As well as the standard model Ford offers the slightly longer Grand Tourneo Connect, which gives you the option to either have a bigger boot or two more seats. If you go for the five-seater Grand model, you’ll get a massive 1,529 litre boot, while the standard model offers 1,029 litres. With both models you can remove the rear seats to turn the car into a cargo-carrying machine, with 2,761 litres and 2,410 litres of space respectively.
- Peugeot Rifter: Despite its van-based origins the Peugeot Rifter manages to be sleeker in appearance than some of its rivals, without losing its practicality. It comes in either standard or long-wheelbase versions, both of which can have either five or seven seats. Whichever model you choose, you’ll get massive loading capacity. The five seat standard Rifter has a 775 litre boot, while the long-wheelbase model stretches this to 1,050 litres. Fold away the second row, and this extends to a truly cavernous 3,000 litres and 4,000 litres respectively.
The best cars with big boots: Conclusion
And there we have it - our pick of the very best cars with big boots.
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19th of June 2020