Family Cars with Big Boots

Buying a car that fits the family and the dog is great, but what about all the extra baggage? The suitcases, the weekly shop and all those other things that mysteriously live in the back of the car – like rogue footballs, spare shoes and tennis rackets?

Basically, if you’ve got kids, you’ve got stuff, and you’re going to need a big boot. To help you carry the load, we’ve rounded up the cars with the capacity to deal with family life.

ŠKODA Octavia

This family hatchback might not look like it has a big boot at first glance, but inside you will find 590 litres of space (going up to 610 litres with the back seats folded down). In the cabin, there are lots of extra storage solutions, like drinks holders, door bins and handy folding tray tables, that still leave plenty of legroom for five passengers. A wide-opening door also means you can fit all your stuff in without banging your head and bursting into tears in the car park.

Peugeot 3008

The spacious Peugeot 3008 scores highly on boot space, with a generous 520 litres, going up to 1580 with the 60:40 split-folding rear seats dropped. Not only will you have room for all the debris of family life, but there’s also a docking station in the boot for one of Peugeot’s battery powered e-bikes, which you can bring on your travels. What next? A USB port for a hot tub? Bring it on, Peugeot, bring it on.

Volkswagen Tiguan

If ever a car was designed for family life, it’s the Volkswagen Tiguan. It boasts 615 litres of space with the rear seats forward, making those trips to Ikea to buy flatpack furniture just that little bit less argumentative. With the back seats in place it comes in at a respectable 520 litres and has a very convenient low-loading edge, meaning you can easily slide heavy boxes, cases or folded prams into the back.

Volvo XC90

This premium SUV offers you Scandinavian luxury, pioneering safety options and even with seven seats in position, it can deal with 314 litres of family luggage. With the rear seats down, it grows to 976 litres, more than enough for your surfboards, cuddly toys and golf clubs. Put both rows of seats down, and you’ve got an epic space to rival most vans – 1951 litres. In fact, you could probably fit half the population of Stockholm in there.

Renault Scénic

This family MPV will allow you all to go on an adventure and take the kitchen sink, should you wish. With a well-rounded 572-litre boot and a sliding centre console that is built to take the clutter, banana skins and colouring books of even the messiest kids, it’s good to know there’s a space for everything

Looking for a new car with enough space to take you, your family, your dog and all your luggage for an impromptu weekend away? Or do you need something that can handle a substantial Ikea spree? If you need a car with a big boot, we’ve listed all of the very best options for cars of all shapes and sizes, whether you need the biggest boot on sale, or a smaller car with maximum capability.

Not all large cars have big boots, in the same way not all small cars have small boots, so we’ve rounded up the models that offer the best boot space for their size. Each will prove to be excellent cars in their own right, but if you’re keen on maximising your boot space, the ten cars on this list are the very best options available to you. And better yet, they’re all up for grabs on BuyaCar with great value deals and affordable finance.Search all used car deals

Ultimately, which big-booted car is best for you comes down to what you plan to fit in the back, whether you’re after a hatchback or an estate, or something in between, each will offer its own set of strengths and weaknesses depending on what you need it for. A smaller car will be great for small family trips, while people carriers only offer decent boot space if you fold away some of the seats. Estate cars, meanwhile, have cavernous boots, but a lower roof that tends to restrict passenger space.

Read on to find out more about these cars with big boots, and be sure to check out our dedicated pages on small carsestate cars and SUVs for even more big-booted choices. And when you’re ready, head over to the BuyaCar search page to get started on your used car journey.Apply for car financeBuying a car on finance

Cars with the biggest boots

Small cars with the biggest boots

1. Skoda Fabia

Our pick Skoda Fabia 1.0 MPI 60 SE
Used deals from £6,990
Monthly finance from £126*
Seats up
 330 litres
Seats down 1,150 litres

Skoda has a reputation for offering plenty of space with every car it sells, and the Skoda Fabia is no exception. A quick comparison with its rivals shows that the 330-litre boot (expanding to 1,150 litres with the back seats folded down) is bigger than what’s offered by the Ford FiestaVauxhall Corsa and Peugeot 208.

The Fabia’s better value than the likes of the Fiesta, too, with some excellent PCP finance deals to choose from on BuyaCar. Couple that with a selection of economical petrol and diesel engines and a good level of equipment, and there isn’t much more you need from a hugely affordable small car.


2. Hyundai i20

Our pick Hyundai i20 1.0 100hp Turbo Edition
Used deals from £7,495
Monthly finance from £146*
Seats up 326 litres
Seats down 1,042 litres

It might be overshadowed by the Fabia, but the Hyundai i20 still has one of the biggest boots in its class, with more space than some large family hatchbacks. It’s still a small, easy-to-drive car, though, so if you want a big boot and a simple drive, the i20 fits the bill.

Despite always running under the radar, Hyundai produces a number of great quality cars, and you will certainly not be missing out on quality by going for one of these instead of other more well-known manufacturers like Audi or BMW. It also offers plenty of reassurance that it can cope with a hard life of load lugging, thanks to a five-year warranty.

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Family hatchbacks with the biggest boots

3. Skoda Octavia

Our pick Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI Greenline III
Used deals from £9,624
Monthly finance from £182*
Seats up 590 litres
Seats down 1,580 litres

The Skoda Octavia is another example of Skoda’s Tardis-like tendencies. The Octavia’s boot is simply enormous, seats up or down – with almost twice the capacity of some rivals and more than some estate cars – which are the supposed kings of boot space.

As a result, if you prefer the sleeker lines of this hatchback to the boxier shape of traditional estate cars, you won’t have to sacrifice much – if any – boot space by going for the Octavia. If you need even more space, the Octavia Estate offers space that’s hard to beat.


4. Nissan Pulsar

Our pick Nissan Pulsar DIG-T 115 Acenta
Used deals from £7,995
Monthly finance from £155*
Seats up 385 litres
Seats down 1,395 litres

The Nissan Pulsar would be a pretty uninteresting car if it weren’t for its roomy interior and large boot. It can’t match the Octavia and would also seem to be smaller than the Peugeot 308, with its 470-litre luggage area, but that’s just on paper. In reality, the Pulsar’s boot has a more useful square shape which is more practical for bulky items.

The trouble for the Pulsar will always be its competition against the Skoda Octavia, which really does have the last word on boot space for cars of this size. The Pulsar is much cheaper though – especially used, so there are some bargains to be found by going for a Pulsar.


Family crossovers with the biggest boots

5. Volkswagen Tiguan

Our pick Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 150 SE Nav
Used deals from £13,295
Monthly finance from £213*Seats up 615 litres
Seats down 1,655 litres

There’s more than enough room for a monthly shop here, never mind the weekly one – and that’s with the rear seats upright. Fold them down and you could hold a party back there.

The VW Tiguan updated in 2016 is superbly practical, even more so thanks to rear seats that slide backwards and forwards. You could opt for an equally practical VW Golf Estate at a lower price, however, so that could also be worth a look.


6. Peugeot 3008

Our pick Peugeot 3008 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Allure
Used deals from £10,701
Monthly finance from £202*
Seats up 591 litres
Seats down 1,670 litres

The new Peugeot 3008 is big in terms of boot space, particularly with the seats down. It’s easy to load up, too, thanks to a small lip at the bottom of the opening, so you don’t need to lift bulky items very far to slide them in.

A removable boot floor provides extra room, while a storage net keeps luggage from rolling around. Thanks to its smooth ride, the 3008 should also cope well with delicate loads, too. Be aware that Peugeot’s interior – called the i-Cockpit – is not to everyone’s taste. A small steering wheel sits lower than you may be used to, providing a view of the speedometer above the wheel rather than through it. As such, getting comfortable could be a challenge, especially for taller people.

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Estate cars with the biggest boots

7. Skoda Superb Estate

Our pick Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 SE
Used deals from £14,000
Monthly finance from £257*
Seats up 660 litres
Seats down 1,950 litres

Estate cars offer some of the most practical storage space available, thanks to their tall and long luggage compartment, accessed by opening a large, square-shaped boot lid. If you’re looking for the absolute leader when it comes to outright boot space – estate car or otherwise, the Skoda Superb is probably your best bet.

If boot size is your main criteria, then the Skoda Superb is hard to beat. Even though there’s a bit of a drop from the bumper to the boot floor, which can make it tricky to slide heavy items in, that 660-litre gulf is simply as big as it gets. If you fold the back seats down and it’s still not big enough, you’re going to need a van.


8. Mercedes E-Class Estate

Our pick Mercedes E200d Estate SE
Used deals from £19,499
Monthly finance from £269*
Seats up 640 litres
Seats down 1,820 litres

Here’s a car that can only ever sit in the shadow of the Skoda Superb when it comes to luggage space. It may have sacrificed some of that boot space for its curvy styling, but the Mercedes E-Class Estate still offers a large luggage area and luxurious interior without the bulk of a taller SUV.

Fold down the back seats and you can slide items into the fully flat boot without any obstructions. The E-Class always used to be popular with antique dealers and there’s a reason for that reputation.


People carriers with the biggest boots

9. Ford Galaxy

Our pick Ford Galaxy 2.0 TDCi 150 Titanium
Used deals from £20,000
Monthly finance from £358*
Seats up 300 litres
Seats down 2,339 litres

The seven-seat Ford Galaxy is one of a few people carriers that has at least some boot space when fully loaded with passengers. But if you’re looking for a large luggage capacity, you’ll have to fold at least one row of seats.

Do this and the full load volume of the Galaxy is truly huge – seeming to compete with some small vans. With both rear rows of seats folded into the floor, it can shift the kitchen sink and more.


10. Volkswagen Sharan

Our pick Volkswagen Sharan 2.0 TDI 150 SE
Used deals from £15,194
Monthly finance from £279*
Seats up 300 litres
Seats down 2,297 litres

Like the Galaxy, above, the Sharan offers a small amount of boot space with all seven seats in place. When the rear seats are folded away, though, it feels like a small van as well.

Total volume is just below that of the Galaxy, though it’s a close-run thing. Either way, this is one big-booted machine that can cope with big dogs, flat-pack sessions, camping.

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