Best Compact Cars with Big Boots

Cars with Big Boots UK

Having a family means having a lot of stuff – lots of shopping each week, lots of equipment to take with you on a daily basis and lots of bags if you are heading on a weekend away. When you’ve got children filling up the seats of the car you need a large-sized boot to store the essentials. Here are five of the best family hatchbacks with the biggest boots:

5. Volkswagen Golf

The VW Golf has been a mainstay of the family hatchback range for a number of years and it’s easy to see why, offering 380 litres of boot space. Available as either a three or five door car, you’ll find that both provide great amounts of space. The boot is a practical shape which also includes an under-floor storage space ideal for hiding away items, a 12v power supply, bag hooks and a ski-flap for longer items. There’s also a wide opening and low load lip making it ideal for getting in whatever you need to transport. Go for the estate version of the VW Golf and the boot spaces expands to 605 litres.

Prices start from as low as £6,499*

4. Renault Megane

A popular family car, the Renault Megane provides you with a lovely square boot which delivers 434 litres of space, increasing to 1,247 litres when the rear seats are down. There is a high boot lip which can make putting in heavy or cumbersome items difficult, however it’s square shape means that you can fit in more items than some larger but more unorthodox shaped boots. In addition to the large boot you’ll also find generous amount of storage within both the front and rear of the car.

Prices start from as low as £5,499*

3. Honda Civic

Next is the Honda Civic which has a very respectable 492 litres of space. This family hatchback has been popular for years now thanks to its reliability and versatile interior. However, while you get a good amount of boot space the rear space is lacking slightly making the rear seats more suited to children than adults. The rear seats do fold down completely to provide 1,210 litres of space.

The Honda Civic also has the ‘magic seat’ design where you can fold up the rear seats like a cinema seat, ideal for providing support if you are transporting tall items. The rear doors also open at a 90-degree angle making access really easy and in the boot you’ll find an additional under floor storage area.

Prices start from as low as £8,500*

2. Peugeot 308

Another car that provides a massive amount of boot space is the Peugeot 308, giving you 501 litres, increasing to 1,309 litres when the rear seats are folded down. In addition, you’ll find two under floor storage units in the boot which add 35 litres of space, perfect for hiding valuables out of sight. As with some other cars in this category, the large boot does impact slightly upon the rear legroom and adults might find themselves a little cramped. However, it’s ideal for little legs and three children would sit very comfortably.

Prices start from as low as £6,999*

1.    Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia is renowned for having the biggest boot in the family hatchbacks range boasting an enormous 590 litres worth of space. That’s almost double what you would find in most of the popular family hatchbacks. Thankfully, the Octavia has been cleverly designed and the large boot is not at the expense of having rear legroom.

Skoda have designed a car with a huge cabin and if you put down the rear seats you’ll have an incredible 1580 litres of space. In the boot you will find bag hooks, bright lights and a 12v power supply. In addition to the large boot space, storage is abundant throughout the car with some nice touches like a sunglasses holder set into the roof lining and a parking ticket clip on the windscreen. The rear doors open wide as well making access nice and easy.

Prices start from as low as £9,682*

If you need a family hatchback with a large boot then come along to any of our branches today to take a look at the vast range of family used cars that we have on offer. Don’t forget if you have a buggy or large item that you will regularly be travelling with, feel free to bring it along in order to test it out.

*At time of review

If you’re interested in any of the cars mentioned, the processes outlined in this article, or would like more information, please contact us or come into any one of our stores and we’ll be happy to help.

If you’re shopping for a car that can slip into the nippiest parking space yet can still jam enough junk in the trunk look no further than this list of small cars with big boots.

The ŠKODA Fabia has the biggest boot in our list

Small cars are fun to drive, cheap to run and handy for getting around. So it’s no surprise they’re becoming increasingly popular, and show no sign of stopping.

But just because you’ve opted for a small car doesn’t mean you need to compromise on boot space.

These five cars allow you to maximise and make the most of the space you have.

Renault Clio

  • Boot space: 300 litres
  • With rear seats folded: 1,146 litres
  • 60/40 split: Yes

Renault’s five-door Clio hatchback is undoubtedly one of the best-looking superminis on the market.

On top of that, it’s practical too. Big enough to fit four adults comfortably, the Clio also boasts a sizeable boot that can fit your weekly shop and cater for bulkier items with the seats folded.

Engine-wise, the Clio is super-efficient, and you’ll also enjoy cheap insurance. The cleanest engine option is the 1.5 dCi Dyna returning 83.1mpg, which emits just 90g/km of CO2.

Peugeot 208

  • Boot space: 285 litres
  • With rear seats folded: 1,152 litres
  • 60/40 split: Yes

A stylish and efficient supermini, the 208 sits alongside the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo as the best sellers in their category. However, the 208 knocks those options out of the park when it comes to boot space. (The 208’s boot is nine litres bigger than the Fiesta’s and five litres bigger than the Polo’s.)

There’s a wide range of engines to choose from, but the 1.6-litre BlueHDi 75 diesel stands out, with six-speed gearbox, returning 78.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 94g/km.

While the boot space in the 208 is impressive for a car of this size, you will have to contend with a high load lip and seats that don’t quite fold down completely.


  • Boot space: 285 litres
  • With rear seats folded: 980 litres
  • 60/40 split: Yes

The DS 3 is a popular option in the saturated supermini category.

While it’s only available as a three-door hatchback, you can opt for a cabriolet version, but you’ll have to compromise a bit of boot space for breezy top-down trips.

There’s an impressive range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from, but our top pick would probably be the 1.2-litre PureTech 110 turbo, which averages over 60mph with CO2 emissions of less than 107g/km.

The boot gives the stylish DS3 some practical substance, offering an impressive amount of space for bulky items with the rear seats folded.

Hyundai i20

  • Boot space: 326 litres
  • With rear seats folded: 1,042 litres
  • 60/40 split: Yes

The new generation i20 was released last year and made it on to our list of the best new cars under £20,000.

Styling tweaks made the i20 much more attractive, with a blacked out C-pillar that creates the illusion of a floating roof and sophisticated interior materials.

With a choice of seven engines, both petrol and diesel, you’re spoilt for choice. For economy, opt for the 1.1-litre CRDi diesel, which manages 70.6mpg and emits just 103g/km of CO2.

The improved boot space on the new model has made the i20 a real competitor in its class.


  • Boot space: 330 litres
  • With rear seats folded: 1,150 litres
  • 60/40 split: Yes

The ŠKODA Fabia boasts the biggest boot of all the superminis on this list.

Not only is the boot space large on paper, the use of space is well planned and practical touches such as luggage hooks and a low loading lip add to this boot’s ease of use.

To drive, the Fabia is easy to handle, light and nimble – great for city drivers.

A fuel-efficient engine range means running costs are kept low, with the entry-level 1.0 MPI 60 achieving 60mpg and emitting 106g/km CO2.

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