Need a car that’ll shift loads of luggage, want to pamper your pooches with acres of space or in love with a sport that needs lots of bulky kit? Then you need a car with a big boot.
All the cars here are generously booted, but we’ve chosen a mix of cars to suit a variety of needs and budgets. Here’s carwow’s guide to the best cars with big boots.
- Skoda Superb Estate – 660 litres
- Volvo V60 – 529 litres
- Mercedes E-Class Estate – 640 litres
- BMW X7 – 750 litres
- Audi Q7 – 865 litres
- Mercedes GLS – 470 litres
- Range Rover – 900 litres
- Kia Sorento – 660 litres
- Telsa Model X – 894 litres
- Peugeot 5008 – 780 litres
Skoda Superb Estate
Boot size: 660 litres
You can’t write a guide for ‘the best cars with big boots’ and not mention the Skoda Superb Estate and its warehouse-like 660-litre load bay. The Skoda looks great and has a smart cabin, with easy-to-use infotainment and acres of rear-seat legroom. It’s available with a strong range of engines – including a new petrol-electric hybrid – it’s just a shame that it doesn’t feel quite as posh as the mechanically identical VW Passat.
Boot size: 529 litres
The Volvo V60’s 529-litre boot is the biggest you’ll find amongst alternatives such as the Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Touring and Mercedes C-Class Estate. As you’d expect, the Volvo’s interior oozes class with its metal, leather and unvarnished wood trims, and its portrait-style infotainment screen sets it apart from the competition. There’s plenty of room for passengers and the petrol engine range includes two powerful hybrids. Even these models aren’t remotely entertaining to drive, though.
Mercedes E-Class Estate
Boot size: 640 litres
The Mercedes E-Class Estate has just been freshened up for 2020 with revised looks, improved infotainment and a range of new hybrid engines. What hasn’t changed, though, is its enormous 640-litre boot, which means the E-Class should be top of your list if you want a classy load-lugger that isn’t an SUV. Inside, you’ll find a luxurious design that would look perfectly at home in the range-topping S-Class, it’s just a shame the back seat isn’t as spacious as in some alternatives.
Boot size: 750 litres
Say what you want about the BMW X7 and that grille, but you can’t deny it’s practical. Even carrying seven people, the X7 has a 320-litre load bay – about what you get in a small family car – and that swells to 750 litres when you fold away the third row. Everything else about the X7 is classic modern BMW: it’s great inside, has a brilliant range of engines and is surprisingly agile for such a huge car. Some might say it has a face only a mother could love. What do you think?
Boot size: 865 litres
If you need to shift people and (lots of) stuff without drawing too much attention to yourself, then you won’t go far wrong with the Audi Q7. Even with seven people aboard it has space for some luggage, but with just five seats in place, you get a whopping 865 litres. And that’s enough for pretty much any load. The Audi has space for five tall adults and you’ll all be impressed by how quiet and comfortable it is on long journeys. It also feels very well built, but it’s a shame the car’s new infotainment system is so fiddly to use.
Boot size: 470 litres
The Mercedes GLS is another huge SUV with a massive boot. Its load bay offers 470 litres of luggage capacity and – unlike a lot of other big SUVs – all its seven seats are suitable for adults. As you’d expect, its 330hp diesel engine offers effortless performance and the smooth-shifting automatic gearbox complements its comfortable air suspension. It looks very posh inside too, but poke about a bit and you’ll find materials that feel distinctly unMercedesy.
Boot size: 900 litres
All the large SUVs up until now owe their existence to the Range Rover – the original big, plush offroader, which combines a luxuriously appointed interior with a mammoth 900-litre boot and space for five. It feels stately with a driving position that’s yet to be bettered and suspension that soaks up anything the UK’s roads can throw at it. It offers a range of powerful engines and incredible off-road ability, although it never feels particularly agile on-road. It’s strictly a five-seater, too – there’s no seven-seat option.
Boot size: 660 litres
The Kia Sorento acts as a barometer for how far Kia has risen over the past 30 years. It’s gone from budget to mainstream and, in the Sorento, gets close to nudging into premium territory. It’s comfortable to drive and great for towing car thanks to its punchy diesel engine and standard four-wheel-drive system. Okay, with seven aboard its boot isn’t much use for anything other than a few bags of shopping, but fold down the third row and the resulting 660-litre load bay should be up to anything you can throw at it.
Tesla Model S
Boot size: 894 litres
We all know the Tesla Model S is a seriously quick electric car, capable of travelling further than any other EV on a charge, and that owning one grants you access to the company’s excellent Supercharger network. But did you know it also has a load of luggage space? It has 894 litres worth – 150 of which is found in the ‘frunk’ where you’d usually expect to see an engine. That along with its decent passenger space and excellent infotainment is why the Model S was the first truly viable family EV, so it’s a shame some of the interior quality doesn’t live up to the price tag
Boot size: 780 litres
The Peugeot 5008 is proof that a boring family car doesn’t have to be, well, boring. It’s striking on the outside and even more eye-catching on the inside, where you’ll find a sculpted design with two large infotainment screens sporting slick graphics. Okay, with seven aboard the boot is small but that’s par for the course in an SUV this size, fold the third row away, though, and you’re left with a 780-litre boot. The Peugeot’s easy to drive and cheap to run but given that the boot’s so big, it’s odd that rear passenger space is no better than average.