Top 10 cars with the best boots 2023
If carting cargo is your priority, our top 10 list of the biggest car boots is sure to be of interest, whatever your budget.
Our motivations for buying cars tend to vary from person to person. Some of us are after sleek looks first and foremost, while others need comfort, low running costs or environmental friendliness above all other criteria. For quite a few drivers, though, outright carrying capacity is what’s most important. If you regularly need to transport big items like sports equipment, DIY materials or bulky musical instruments, you’ll want to know which cars on sale today have the best boots.
It won't surprise you that there are no sports cars on our list, but you'll see that you don't necessarily need to drive something that looks like a removal van in order to have a huge load area. There are lots of other practical load-haulers out there and buyers are spoilt for choice with estate cars – it's worth checking out our top 10 best estate cars list. If it’s people, rather than luggage, you tend to carry a lot of, our guide to the best MPVs and people carriers is also well worth a look, as is our rundown of the best seven-seater cars you can buy today.
Before we begin, there is one thing to note: on this list, we’ve measured each car’s boot capacity with five seats in place. This means that while we feature some seven-seater models, we’ve calculated their boot space with the two third-row seats folded, as this makes the playing field level and is the configuration people predominantly use. We haven’t ranked the cars in order of boot space, either – instead, we’ve gone for a mix of bodystyles and budgets to suit a wide range of buyers.
With that out of the way, here are the 10 biggest car boots you can get today…
If you need plenty of boot space without going over budget, the Dacia Jogger could be the car you’ve been waiting for thanks to its starting price of around £17,000. It’s based on the Dacia Sandero supermini, but you’d never know it from looking at the seven-seat MPV, which looks like a cross between an estate and an SUV.
Dacia has stretched its length and height, so there’s a massive 712 litres of luggage space behind the back seats. If you fold these down and temporarily remove the third-row seats, space shoots up to 1,807 litres – more than you get in most luxury SUVs costing three times as much. As well as being cheap to buy, the Jogger’s 1.0-litre petrol engine means it’s also affordable to run, returning up to 49.6mpg.
If outright space is your number one priority, you’ll need to look at the Peugeot e-Traveller, or its Citroen e-SpaceTourer or Vauxhall Vivaro-e Life relations. Virtually identical, all are available only with electric powertrains, have roughly 150 miles of range and are based on vans. Commercial origins mean all should be hard-wearing, reliable and, most importantly, you’ll have plenty of space to play with thanks to their boxy shapes.
All three are available in different sizes, including an extra-long version that can carry up to eight people and all their luggage. With the long-wheelbase e-Traveller XL, there’s a massive 989 litres of boot space even with all seats up, but this increases to 2,381 litres with the third row folded.
Need a big, van-based MPV, but with a dash of flair thanks to funky styling? It seems many of the most spacious options are French, as the Citroen e-Berlingo Multispace and Peugeot e-Rifter (plus their non-French cousin, the Vauxhall Combo-e Life) have some of the biggest boots of any car available. Even the standard-sized versions offer 775 litres of boot space with the rear seats up, while the seven-seat XL versions offer 1,050 litres of space, albeit with the third row of seats folded flat.
Early in 2022, Citroen, Peugeot and Vauxhall announced that the Berlingo, Rifter and Combo Life would only be offered with a pure-electric powertrain. This gives these spacious MPVs a range of just over 170 miles and the ability to charge from 10-80% in just 30 minutes when using a public 100kW fast charger.
The Mercedes V-Class is among the largest MPVs you can buy. Closely related to the Mercedes Vito van – which is also available as a less-luxurious passenger vehicle – the V-Class can seat up to eight passengers. However, if you decide to fold the third row down, you're left with a truly colossal 1,030-litre load area.
The boxy form of the V-Class means it isn't the most elegant of cars, but it makes up for this by offering a spacious interior which feels befitting of a true Mercedes-Benz. The V in V-Class really could stand for “VIP”, and it isn’t cheap, costing from just over £70,000. A Marco Polo camping version is also offered, complete with a pop-up roof that conceals beds for two, and a kitchenette with cool box and two-burner gas hob.
It might be surprising to see a performance saloon on a list of cars with the biggest boots, but the Tesla’s lack of conventional engine and exhaust works wonders for luggage space! The Tesla Model S is a stunning feat of engineering, with over 400 miles of range, a hi-tech interior and cutting-edge autonomous driving capabilities.
Thanks to its electric powertrain, the Model S has a ‘frunk’ where the traditional combustion engine would sit, and when combined with the traditional hatchback boot at the rear it offers a whopping 894 litres of storage space. That’s fine for suitcases but the Model S isn’t quite so useful if you’re regularly carrying mountain bikes or raiding the shelves at IKEA as the rear boot itself only provides 744 litres. That said, none of the other cars on this list can manage 0-62mph in under two seconds...
The Mercedes GLS is simply colossal whichever way you look at it. At 5.2 metres long, it is one of the largest cars on sale in the UK and starting from just over £85,000, it has a price tag to match. Just like many SUVs, the GLS’ high driving position gives you a commanding view of the road and the sweeping twin 12.3-inch MBUX infotainment screens are some of the best in the business.
The GLS can transport seven people in unrivalled comfort and luxury, or if you fold the rear-most seats down (electronically, of course) you can utilise the huge 890-litre load area. This should be plenty for several large suitcases any time you decide to take a week off at your multi-million-pound chalet in the Swiss Alps. If you don’t plan to bring guests, you can always fold down the middle row to reveal a massive 2,400 litres of space - turning the GLS into the world’s poshest cargo van.
If you think of seven-seater SUVs such as the Volvo XC90 as stylish, sophisticated, plush cars, the SsangYong Rexton is more of a utilitarian workhorse by comparison. Rugged, tough and no-nonsense, this big SUV is the perfect car for carrying large loads.
The Rexton boasts an impressive 820 litres of boot space with all the seats folded up and a cavernous 1,806 litres with all five rear seats lying flat. Even the base model with its 199bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine can tow up to 3,500kg, matching that of the much more expensive Land Rover Discovery. Starting at less than £40,000, it's hard to find something that represents such good value.
If you need a spacious enough boot for pushchairs or sports gear, but don’t have the space, budget (or need) for anything bigger than a supermini, look no further than the Skoda Fabia. The Czech brand has a reputation for making the most versatile cars in their respective class, and the Fabia is no exception, thanks to its 380 litre boot.
Accessed via a large hatchback and with a low loading lip, it should be easy to lift even awkward and bulky items inside. And it doesn’t end there, because the Fabia has lots of clever features to make life simpler, such as three ISOFIX child seat mounting points. There’s an ice scraper hidden in the fuel filler hatch, and an umbrella is concealed within the front door, so you won’t get caught out in a sudden shower when you’re out and about.
The 5008 is the seven-seat version of one of our favourite SUVs, the Peugeot 3008. In a previous life, the 5008 was a spacious but traditional MPV in the Peugeot lineup. However, due to the current SUV craze, the current 5008 has now adopted a more stylish crossover look, yet without sacrificing any of the practicality and versatility of the old model.
With all seats up, the boot remains large enough for a weekly shop, but flip the third row down and you’ll have 780 litres of space at your disposal. The Peugeot 5008 also excels thanks to its futuristically designed interior, high level of standard equipment and comfortable ride. No wonder it’s one of our favourite seven-seater cars.
It might not have a boot in the conventional sense, but the Volkswagen Amarok can certainly haul bulky and heavy cargo, so long as you don’t mind it being exposed to the elements. That’s if your tools, bikes or bails of hay are too tall to fit under a tonneau cover.
The Amarok’s loading bed has been designed to be able to carry a full-size pallet, and it has a payload of up to 1,160kg. If your belongings won’t fit there or on the roof rack, you can also tow a large trailer weighing up to 3,500kg. Unlike older pickups, the Amarok is remarkably upmarket inside, with a 12-inch portrait touchscreen and plenty of attractive finishes.
Top 10 cars with the best boots
- Dacia Jogger
- Peugeot e-Traveller
- Citroen e-Berlingo
- Mercedes V-Class
- Tesla Model S
- Mercedes GLS
- SsangYong Rexton
- Skoda Fabia
- Peugeot 5008
- Volkswagen Amarok
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