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Boot bargains: the most space for the least cash

If you’re in need of a load of space to carry round lots of people and their stuff, you don’t always have to move up the market to a bigger and far more expensive car.

Providing you know where to look, there are plenty of boot space bargains to be had in each sector. We’re looking at which cars can pack the most junk in the trunk and still not put you out of pocket.

City Cars – SEAT Mii

The cheapest of the Volkswagen triplets, the SEAT Mii beats its siblings with an identical 251-litre boot space that comes in at just £32/litre in basic ‘S’ trim – the Skoda Citigo and Volkswagen Up look pretty pricey at £33 and £35/litre respectively.

Worth dodging in this sector is the Suzuki Alto, with a tiny 129-litre boot costing a whopping £56/litre – though it’s being replaced by the Celerio with a much more attractive £31/litre boot premium. Worse still is the Vauxhall ADAM‘s 170-litre boot – £67 for each litre of load space even at the entry level 1.2 ‘Jam’ model!

Superminis – Dacia Sandero

Moving up a class doesn’t mean everything gets more expensive and indeed there’s three models here that undercut even the cheapest city cars. Of course, the ultimate in spacious cheapness was always going to be the UK’s cheapest car, the Dacia Sandero, at a mind-wiltingly inexpensive £19/litre, but the Nissan Note (£29) and Honda Jazz (£31) also represent good buys – the Note packs a pretty substantial 411-litre boot.

A little less roomy is the MINI One, punching in at £65/litre. It’s a little unfair as the MINI hatch is a halfway house between dinky city cars and proper superminis, but it’s still pretty pricey for the small 211-litre boot – making even the £55/litre Alfa Romeo MiTo look sensible.

Hatchbacks – Skoda Rapid

Weighing in with a huge 550-litre boot, the Skoda Rapid can be bought with change from £14,000, making it one of the mainstream’s biggest bargains when it comes to boot space at £24 for each litre.

Of course many manufacturers now offer estate cars of their hatchback models and if we include those it’s another Dacia win, with the Logan estate costing just £12/litre.

On the pricey side there’s plenty of prestige hatchbacks in with a shout, but it’s Mercedes’ A-Class with £61/litre – a combination of a middling 341-litre boot and a high purchase price even for the A180 entry model.

Family cars – Skoda Octavia

It’s another strong showing from Skoda, with both the Octavia at £28/litre and the larger Superb at £33/litre leading the way ahead of everything else – even the estate versions of both are as reasonably priced and all four variants have huge boots of around 600 litres.

But it’s another cross in the Mercedes-Benz box as the C-Class comes in with a whopping £67/litre.

Crossovers & SUVs – Dacia Duster

As one of the cheapest cars on the market it’s hard to beat the Dacia Duster, but the 475-litre boot is only hatchback sized even if it costs you just £21/litre. Running the Duster pretty close at £28/litre is Hyundai’s ix35, with a more useful 591-litre load bay.

It’s the prestige marques that suffer again, with whole hosts of BMW and Audi crossovers and SUVs pushing well over £50/litre. In the end the wooden spoon goes to Mercedes-Benz for the alarmingly pricey M-Class – it may have a 690-litre boot, but each litre will set you back £69.

MPVs – Ssangyong Turismo

There was no way this monster car from Korean value wizards Ssangyong wasn’t going to make it on this list. At £17,995 for an 875-litre boot, even with all seven of its seats occupied (you can buy it in 11 seat configuration elsewhere), you’re paying less per litre than anything else here except the Dacias – £20/litre.

Not all MPVs are as generous in seven seat configuration though – the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso has a tiny load bay that’ll cost you £149/litre. It’s giving away some size to the larger end of the MPV market and the majority of cars in the sector now come as 5+2 models, with occasional rear seats chewing into boot space.

Not fussed about space?

If you don’t have to regularly transport Canadian redwood trees, white rhinos and zeppelins, but are worried about spending too much, take a look at our best cars for under £10,000 article to help you make the most informed buying decision.

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