Cheap Cars With Big Boots

India, being a country, where people live in large families, does require you to have a big car or at least a car with a big boot. Whether you want to go grocery shopping or on a weekend trip to a hill station with your family, a large boot space is necessary. When one expects even the small cars to have a large boot space, it only makes sense for the carmakers to take it into consideration. Therefore, we bring you the list of all the small cars which have a large boot to accommodate all your extra luggage. Do check out our list of small cars with powerful engines as well!

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Renault Kwid

Now, Renault Kwid has always been a practical car. It is arguably the most practical car in its segment. It comes with multiple engine options and a manual or automatic transmission option. Apart from that, it comes with high ground clearance. All these factors make sure that this car screams practicality and utility. The muscular looks make it seem sporty as well. The boot space on offer is a massive 300-litres. That is more than even some of the bigger hatchbacks.

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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Maruti Suzuki is the largest car manufacturer in India and has been around for the longest time as well. It has sensed Indian sensibilities and has engineered its products accordingly. Even in a car of a mid-size hatchback segment like the Wagon R, Maruti has made sure that it has large boot space to take big suitcases around. It has a colossal 341-litres luggage compartment. That is adequate by any standards.

The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R ranges between Rs 4.50 lakh and Rs 5.99 lakh, ex-showroom.

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Honda Jazz

Now the Honda Jazz has been around for a while now. However, it has always been overshadowed by the likes of Baleno and i20. But being a premium hatchback, Jazz does offer some really cool and practical features. Among others, it has large boot space to make sure that you don’t suffer when you are out with your family on a weekend getaway. The Jazz boasts of a huge 354-litres of boot space, which is more than the rivals.

Honda Jazz will cost you between Rs 7.57 lakh and Rs 9.52 Lakh, ex-showroom.

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Maruti Suzuki Baleno

It should not come as a surprise that any list related to cars in India, contains a couple of entries from Maruti Suzuki. This time around, the car in question is the Baleno. Baleno is the premium hatchback offering from Maruti Suzuki and comes loaded with features. Among other features, boot space is something that Baleno is particularly good at. It has a luggage capacity of 339-litres.

Maruti Suzuki Baleno ranges between Rs 5.63 lakh and Rs 8.69 lakh, ex-showroom.

Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20 is one of the most popular premium hatchbacks in the country. It has caused quite a sensation after its recently launched 3rd generation model. It was well received by the customers because of the extensive amounts of technical and comfort features it offers. However, it has been infamous for its small luggage compartment in the psst. Hyundai has made some changes to that. Now it has a boot space of 311-litre. Although it is not the best in the segment, it still is a decent lot for a hatchback.

The Hyundai i20’s price list is broad, to put it lightly from Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 11.32 lakh, ex-showroom.

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As well as being incredibly practical for their compact dimensions, they’re all cheap to buy and affordable to run. Read on to find the most capacious little hatchbacks, as picked by heycar’s team of automotive experts.

Honda Jazz

Year launched: 2020

If you’re in the market for a small car with a huge boot, you needn’t look any further than the Honda Jazz. The latest model is a hybrid but don’t fear – its development team were given strict instructions that the petrol-electric drivetrain simply couldn’t affect the incredible practicality that the compact hatchback has become renowned for.

As such, the Honda Jazz can carry 304 litres of luggage. That’s not hugely impressive, but its clever ‘magic seat’ system allows you to flip and fold the rear bench to prioritise van-like practicality when required. It’ll swallow everything from a mountain bike to garden plants. 

The aforementioned hybrid setup means it’ll be very cheap to run, officially capable of more than 60mpg. All Jazz models are well equipped and, if you want a more rugged version, there’s the SUV-like Crosstar model…

Find a Honda Jazz for saleRead our full Honda Jazz Review

Nissan Note

Year launched: 2016

The Nissan Note is a cheap and practical small car. Prices start at under £4000 and all models provide a maximum of 411 litres of boot space. 

The rear seats in the Note are fully adjustable, which means you can slide them back to maximise passenger space or push them forwards to prioritise storage. But even with the rear seats pushed right back, you still get 325 litres of boot space – which is better than the Ford Fiesta and Dacia Sandero Stepway.

The Note isn’t available as a new car anymore in the UK – Nissan stopped selling it in 2016 – but there are lots of deals on the used market. Both the 1.5-litre diesel and 1.2-litre petrol are efficient and smooth engines, with the former advertised with 80+mpg. 

Find a Nissan Note for saleRead our full Nissan Note Review

SEAT Ibiza

Year launched: 2017

Comfortable, practical and cheap to run, the SEAT Ibiza is one of the most rounded small cars you can buy. Despite its compact size, the Ibiza punches above its weight when it comes to space, which makes it a very usable and likeable compact hatchback. 

The Ibiza’s boot has 355-litres of boot space, which makes it extremely versatile. The seat seats can be folded and split, which means you can utilise the full load length of the car and still carry one or two passengers in the back. With both rear seats down the Ibiza has up 823 litres – more than enough to lug around bulky bits of furniture. 

On the road, the Ibiza is comfortable and easy to drive. There is lots of passenger space and the wide windscreen provides perfect all-round visibility. What’s more, powered by SEAT’s excellent turbocharged 1.0-litre engine, the Ibiza will return 50+mpg. 

Find a SEAT Ibiza for saleRead our full SEAT Ibiza Review

Volkswagen Polo

Year launched: 2017

The latest Volkswagen Polo is a car that we rate very highly. In fact, we’re going to go out on a limb here and say it’s the best small hatchback on sale today. It also has a huge boot, which makes it one of the most practical. 

The Polo shares its mechanical platform and engines with the Ibiza, which means you get 355 litres of storage space with the rear seats in place. Like the SEAT Ibiza, this Volkswagen has a wide and deep boot space and this makes it very practical for the day-to-day. 

The Polo might share a lot of its oil bits with the Ibiza, but it isn’t a clone. Far from it, the Polo is more refined, quieter on the motorway and better styled. You also get a colourful interior that gives the cabin a funky lift over the dull and grey design found in the SEAT. 

Find a Volkswagen Polo for saleRead our full Volkswagen Polo Review

Dacia Sandero Stepway

Year launched: 2013

Cheap, easy to drive and wonderfully versatile, the Dacia Sandero Stepway is an easy car to recommend. Admittedly, the interior is a little cheap and cheerful, but if you want a practical and affordable small car then the Dacia is difficult to fault. 

The Sandero’s big boot is a big selling point. You’ll find 320 litres in the boot, and this can be extended to a whopping 1200 litres if you lower the rear bench. The interior might appear low rent, but the hard and scratchy plastics are tough and easy to clean. This means you can throw things in the back and feel confident that nothing will get damaged in the process. 

Behind the wheel, the Dacia is no match for its pricer rivals. The road handling will not win any Top Gear prizes, but it is comfortable and predictable.

Seater Car with Large Boot

If it can’t take an IKEA flatpack, don’t call it a boot. We check out the cars that have big booty, and the ones that don’t

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Logic dictates that big cars have big boots and small cars have less space. In theory, this assumption would make our lives in search of a new car simple, but the truth is this statement is seldom accurate. Ironically, the smallest cargo areas are often not in the smallest cars.

When we consider the diverse range of activities that drivers could use their cars for – groceries, furniture, hardware, luggage – it’s no surprise that manufacturers optimise the storage spaces with as much stowage as possible for a range of applications.MORE Boot sizes of Australia’s best-selling SUVs

With that in mind, you might be surprised to find that even some small hatchbacks can fit in a surprising amount of gear. And vice versa, some larger vehicles are so poorly packaged that they can’t accomodate nearly as much as you’d expect.8

Annoyingly, car dimensions are measured using two methods. The Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) measurement is now most widely-used, which is a measure based on the amount of standardised blocks that can fit into a car’s boot. This measures the practical space rather than getting a measurement from every nook and cranny, as done in the outdated Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) method.MORE Boot sizes of Australia’s most popular hatchbacks

While you imagine both methods involve an epic game of block tetris, in reality car manufacturers report on this data using complex simulations.

That said, we tend to think that a more pragmatic approach involves the universally-available IKEA Billy bookcase flatpack. The flatpack is a 2m x 29cm x 13cm box and available all over the world, and most people are able to imagine the awkwardness of shoving in some furniture rather than using numbers and maths to measure boot space.8

As the old adage goes, you really can’t judge a book, or car, by its cover. Take the Audi TT as an example – with a bit of squishing and a lot of effort, it can swallow a IKEA flatpack without too many expletives. So too, the diminutive Kia Picanto has a solid 200 litres of boot space for its size, before you fold down the rear seats.

Some cars’ boot space are doomed from the get-go, with classes like convertibles which use the space in the boot to stash a soft-top rather than grocery bags. Sports cars too, for that matter, tend to favour tightly-packaged bodies and a light weight over cargo volume. The Jaguar F-type convertible barely fits a bag of oranges and Alfa Romeo’s 4C has a paltry 110 litres worth of space.8MORE Boot sizes of Australia’s best-selling hatchbacks

So, without further ado, let’s dive in and find out who does the best (and worst) boots.

Who’s making the best use of space?

Small SUV: Honda is particularly smart with its interior packaging and the HR-V benefits directly from the company’s smart engineers. The Honda HR-V boasts a 437 litre boot which is among the best in segment and even creeps into medium SUV space territory. It also features Honda’s neat ‘Magic seats’ system that can contort pews in an unconventional fashion in the pursuit of ultimate carrying capacity.8Honda HR-V boot

Medium SUV: Toyota’s most-recent RAV4 overhaul has allowed for greater interior storage, resulting in a huge 580-litre boot.MORE Boot sizes of Australia’s best-selling sedans

Sedan: It’s hard to go past Tesla for sedan storage capacity, which takes advantage of the fact it doesn’t have an engine in the front. In all, the Tesla Model S offers a whopping 895 litres of space in the rear and front cavities.

Convertible: The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrioletfits golf clubs in the boot with its roof up and has a ski port for skis (385 litres)

Hatchback: The Kia Picanto pulls a ‘TARDIS’ with a boot way bigger than the sum of its parts (255 litres).8Kia Picanto boot

Who’s the worst at storage space?

Small SUV: It CX-3 might be Mazda’s smallest SUV, but it’s still an SUV. The Mazda CX-3 has a wee 264 litres, which is beaten by even by a Toyota Yaris light hatchback.8Mazda CX-3 boot

Medium SUV: Like it’s small SUV stablemate, the Mazda CX-5 can’t contain as much as its rivals either. The CX-5 has a 442-litre boot where other cars in the segment contain more than 500 litres of boot space.

Sedan: The Kia Stinger has a pretty small boot (406 litres) for a large sedan – especially considering it has a hatch-door. The problem with sedans generally isn’t the amount of space, but it’s the space itself. Check that at least one rear seat folds: sometimes they are fixed for added stiffness and have a non-Billy-compatible ski port instead.8Kia Stinger boot 

Sports: Alfa 4C. The handbag-sized stash where the boot should be on the Alfa 4C takes the cake for tiny boot space at 110 litres.

Hatchback: The Mini Cooper has next to nothing for a car that’s not the smallest in category (211 litres).

It turns out that size really doesn’t matter – it’s how you use it that’s most important.

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