You might think that all family cars’ boots would be created equal, but there’s a surprising variation depending on which car you choose. You’ll have no worries here though because all the cars below have big boots for their size. They’re also great family cars so they have space for four people, come with a good range of engines and are available with all the essential equipment you need. Best of all, though – they’re all reasonably priced. Keep reading for our top ten list of family hatchbacks with the biggest boots.
(July 2018 update: The latest update sees the new Hyundai i30 replace the Kia Ceed. The Hyundai is a great all-rounder that just so happens to have a boot that’s bigger than average)
1. Skoda Octavia – 590 litres
The Skoda Octavia is a brilliant family car for many reasons but one of the biggest – pardon the pun – is its huge boot. Its 590-litre capacity is getting on for double the size of the boots you’ll find in some other family cars, giving you a useful amount of extra space when you go on holiday. That boot space doesn’t come at the expense of rear-seat room so the Skoda can happily accommodate your tall adult friends in the back. On top of that, the Octavia has rock-solid build quality and an excellent range of engines none of which cost a fortune to run.
2. Skoda Rapid – 550 litres
The Skoda Rapid is the Octavia’s slightly smaller brother and, as a result, features a more compact boot. With five people on board, you’ll still be able to squeeze in an impressive 550 litres of luggage, however. As well as being hugely spacious and practical, the Rapid feels well-built and is offered with a long list of standard equipment – all models come with air conditioning, electric windows and alloy wheels as standard. There’s also a good range of punchy yet efficient petrol and diesel engines to pick from.
3. Honda Civic – 478 litres
The Honda Civic’s origami lines and rear-mounted spoiler make it look quite sporty for a family car, but actually, its 478-litre boot is one of the biggest here. The only downside is the high load lip you’ll have to lift your luggage over. Your tall passengers will also wish for a little more rear headroom and the small back windows make the back seat feel claustrophobic although there is plenty of legroom. Up front, you get a sporty driving position and the Honda is decent to drive, too, with a slick gearshift and light controls. Choose the 1.5-litre petrol engine and you’ll get a brisk performer that is also cheap to run.
4. Peugeot 308 – 470 litres
The Peugeot 308 isn’t the most striking hatchback on the market but it’s a big improvement over the previous model and comes with a smart interior and an impressive 470-litre boot. This practical load bay is significantly more spacious than many rivals including the VW Golf and Renault Megane. The 308 can’t quite match the rear seat legroom offered by some cars in our top 10 but it boasts a comfortable ride and plenty of standard equipment across all trim levels helping make it a sensible and sophisticated family car.
5. Citroen C4 – 408 litres
The Citroen C4 brings recently updated looks and a spacious boot to the family hatchback table. Its 408-litre load bay is roomy enough for big food shops or trips to Ikea while the back seats are spacious enough to ferry three kids to and from school in comfort. Inside, the interior isn’t quite as stylish as some rivals and, while kids will have room to stretch out, taller passengers may feel slightly cramped in the back. The C4 is offered with a range of efficient engines – including a 98hp diesel unit that can return 78mpg – and costs from just £15,195.
6. Hyundai i30 – 395 litres
The Hyundai i30 is one of the smaller cars here, yet you’ll find it packs an above-average 395-litre boot that’ll have no trouble swallowing three suitcases. Up front, you’ll find the dashboard is logically laid out – if a little plain – and SE Nav models and above get a decent infotainment system with smartphone mirroring. The i30’s soft suspension is great at soaking up bumps on the road and the 1.4-litre petrol engine gives you a good blend of performance and fuel economy.
7. Nissan Pulsar – 385 litres
The Nissan Pulsar comes with a generous 385-litre boot that boasts a large opening and a practical square shape. As a result, loading large boxes or heavy suitcases should be a piece of cake. It can’t quite match some rivals in terms of design flair but its blocky body offers loads of room for growing families. The Pulsar’s interior feels well built and comes fitted with loads of standard equipment, even in entry-level guise. All Pulsar models come with a reassuring five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, too.
8. Renault Megane – 384 litres
The new Renault Megane makes it onto our list thanks to its 384-litre boot. Its boot might be slightly smaller than the old model but this new car’s interior feels distinctly more upmarket thanks to numerous soft-touch materials and neat design features such as a portrait infotainment screen fitted to mid-range models. There’s a generous amount of space for rear-seat passengers, too, and all models come with an impressive list of standard equipment. The Megane’s party piece, however, is its stylish looks – it boasts a smart, elegant design few rivals can match.
9. VW Golf – 380 litres
The VW Golf has been one of the UK’s best selling hatchbacks for decades and the latest model serves up a tempting combination of smart styling, low running costs and a spacious 380-litre boot. The cabin is full of high-quality materials, too, and its infotainment system is one of the easiest to use in the family hatchback class. Not only is passenger room generous in both the front and back seats but the Golf offers a comfortable ride and a refined driving experience. There are numerous engines to choose from, too, including efficient petrol and diesels units and even hybrid Golf GTE and fully electric e-Golf versions.
10. SEAT Leon – 380 litres
The SEAT Leon shares a large number of components with the VW Golf and offers up an identical 380-litre boot capacity. Interior build quality doesn’t quite live up to some rivals but it feels suitably solid and it comes with boatloads of standard equipment. The Leon sets itself apart from the family hatchback mainstream thanks to its sharp styling and a driving experience that’s more fun than functional. As an added bonus, it’s cheaper than an equivalent Golf across the range. Head over to our SEAT Leon deals page to view the latest carwow offers.