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The best cars with big boots

Got a big load to shift? Then keep reading because carwow has compiled a list of the biggest boots (and the car’s they’re attached to) that are currently on sale. All the figures here are measured with at least two rows of seats in place, so there’s even more room if you fold the seats away.

Mercedes V-Class – 1,410 litres

You wouldn’t exactly call the standard Mercedes V-Class small, so you can imagine how big the Long and Extra Long (EL) models are. In raw figures the EL has a whopping boot capacity of 1,410 litres so no need to worry about packing away your (or anyone else on the plane’s) luggage when you’re jetting away on holiday. The Long model’s smaller size makes it that bit more manoeuvrable in town but even it has a 1,030-litre capacity. The huge interior space – both models have room for eight passengers even when they’re loaded with luggage – is down to the fact the V-Class is essentially a plush van pushed along by a range of economical diesel engines.

Ford Tourneo Connect – 1,029 litres

The Ford Tourneo Connect is another van-based car with a resulting huge luggage capacity of 1,029 litres and a massive boot opening that makes it a cinch to load. It’s also practical for passengers, cheap to run and easy to drive. But you’ll have to put up with noisy cruising and the fact it looks like, well, a van.

Vauxhall Combo Life XL – 912 litres

Yup, the Vauxhall Combo Life XL is ANOTHER van-based family car. Its massive 912-litre boot is a doddle to load and your passengers are just as well catered for as your luggage. You don’t even draw the short straw because the Vauxhall’s slick controls make it easy to drive and it’s cheap to run. That said, it’s van-like styling makes an otherwise dull-looking Vauxhall Astra seem stylish.

SsangYong Turismo – 875 litres 

The SsangYong Turismo literally gives you lots of car for the money – not only do you get a huge 875-litre boot, but you also get room for seven adults including two armchair style seats in the middle row. Aside from its price and size, there’s not much to excite you about the SsangYong. It’s ugly on the outside, cheap on the inside, inert to drive and does without the latest safety kit.

Peugeot 5008 – 823 litres

The Peugeot 5008 is brimming with French Chic and, thankfully, for the purposes of this list, it also has a large 823-litre boot that’ll pack away all the family’s luggage. Efficient engines mean you’ll get great fuel economy on long trips, but slack controls mean you won’t exactly enjoy the drive. The surprisingly tight rear headroom is a much bigger issue, though.

Volkswagen Touareg – 810 litres

The Volkswagen Touareg is a great way to save a few thousand pounds on a new Audi Q7, because, aside from the badges, they are basically the same car. That said, the Touareg is a strict five-seater which is why it has a huge 810-litre boot. On top of this, the Touareg is comfortable and has powerful engines, but it’s not quite as polished as the Audi, inside.

Range Rover – 802 litres

The Range Rover was the first car to combine SUV practicality with limo-like luxury. Its 802-litre boot is massive, plus its splitting tailgate gives you somewhere to sit sheltered from the rain. The plush interior and comfortable ride mean your passengers will feel pampered, but Range Rover’s poor reliability record might leave you feeling less relaxed.

Fiat Doblo – 790 litres

That upright shape and those slab sides can mean only one thing – yep, the Fiat Doblo is based on a van. You know the drill, it has a massive 790-litre boot with plenty of room left over for five people in its airy cabin. It’s easy to drive and cheap to run, but the Doblo isn’t exactly a refined cruiser and the hard interior plastics hint at its humble origins. 

Jeep Grand Cherokee – 782 litres

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is grand by name and grand by nature – you’ll find a capacious 782-litre boot and loads of space for four hidden under its chunky posterior. It’s not brilliant to drive on-road, but the Jeep can claim to be a true off-roader. Unfortunately, most people would probably prefer it to have a posher interior and a choice of more than two engines.

Peugeot Rifter – 775 litres

The Peugeot Rifter is essentially a rebadged version of the Vauxhall Combo XL but, with a 775-litre capacity, it has little less boot space. Everything said about the Vauxhall applies to the Peugeot. So it has loads of room for its passengers, is easy to drive and cheap to run. 

Audi Q7 – 770 litres

The Audi Q7 combines everything you love about an Audi in a massive SUV body. In other words, you get a posh interior crammed full of pretty infotainment screens, a brilliant range of engines and a car that’s very relaxing on the motorway. The SUV bit, meanwhile, means you get a huge 770-litre boot and loads of room for four adults. It’s just a shame Audi did away with the sat-nav’s scroll control for a tricky-to-operate touchscreen.

Skoda Kodiaq – 720 litres

The Skoda Kodiaq shares its parts with the VW Tiguan but is slightly bigger and slightly cheaper. Who doesn’t want more for less? It’s well built interior has loads of room for four and a massive 720-litre boot and you also get a range of engines that are cheap to run. The Kodiaq is easy to drive and comfortable on the motorway, but its suspension can be jiggly in town.

SsangYong Tivoli XLV – 720 litres

The SsangYong Tivoli XLV is a cheap route to a massive 720-litre boot, and you get plenty of room for four passengers. Other positives are thin on the ground, although you do get a lot of standard kit. What’s not to like? Quite a lot more – the Tivoli is boring to look at, cheap inside, baggy to drive and slow. So… it’s not hard to see where the money’s been saved then.

Ford S-Max – 700 litres

The Ford S-Max has a piddly 285-litre boot with its seven seats in place use it as a five-seater – as you likely will do – and you’ll have a 700-litre load bay to play with. Practical cars aren’t often very desirable but the S-Max’s appealing wedge shape and it’s sporty drive mean this is one sensible car you can truly enjoy. The only downside is its plasticky interior and dated infotainment.

Ford Galaxy – 700 litres

The Ford Galaxy sacrifices a little bit of the S-Max’s style and sporty drive to give you a car that’s even more practical. It has room to comfortably accommodate seven adults and while its 700-litre official load capacity is identical to the S-MAX’s, the Galaxy’s higher roof means you’ll get more luggage inside. Unfortunately, the Galaxy’s interior feels dated, particularly its infotainment. 

Mercedes GLS – 680 litres  

Mercedes bills the GLS ‘the S-Class of SUVs’. As a result, it combines the comfort and luxury of Mercedes’ flagship saloon with the go-anywhere ability of an SUV and it’s also a lot more practical. Fold away the third-row seats and you get a colossal 680-litre load bay, which is easy to fill with luggage thanks to its huge opening and the car’s crouching air suspension. Downsides? Well, parts of the GLS’ interior feel cheap in a car costing this much. 

Mercedes G-Class – 667 litres

The Mercedes G-Class is huge on the outside and equally massive inside. Its tall roof gives your acres of passengers space and you also get a practical boot. It has a 667-litre capacity, but load it up to the roof and the car’s boxy shape means you’ll get a lot more in there. The Merc is also a proper SUV capable of tackling a lot more than a kerb in a Waitrose car park. Trouble is, it’s not quite so accomplished when you’re actually on road.

Skoda Superb estate – 660 litres

The Skoda Superb estate is one of the best family cars you can buy without breaking the bank. It looks and feels well built, is comfortable to drive and comes with a range of engines that let you choose between performance and fuel economy. Practicality is where it really excels, though, so you get miles of rear legroom and a massive 660-litre boot. 

BMW X5 – 650 litres 

BMW’s managed to make the X5 drive nearly as well as a sporty 3 Series saloon, which is no mean feat when you consider how big the X5 is. As a result, you can enjoy the X5’s ample passenger space and huge 650-litre boot without feeling like you’ve had to compromise. The X5’s interior is posh, but it’s annoying its infotainment system isn’t available with Apple CarPlay which lets you use your smartphone’s apps on the car’s big screen.

Jaguar F-Pace – 650 litres

The best thing about the Jaguar F-Pace is that it drives like a Jaguar should – leaping into corners with the kind of enthusiasm that its feline namesake pounces on its prey. This Jaguar’s a large SUV, though, which means it has loads of room for four adults and a boot that will swallow a pile of suitcases. Shame the interior’s not quite as posh are you get in some German alternatives. 

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