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The best used cars with big boots

You’d imagine that the bigger the car, the bigger the boot, but it’s not always that simple. Here are our favourite used cars with big boots, whatever size of car you’re considering.

Whether you’ve got a growing family or a hobby that requires lots of kit, a car with a big boot can make life that bit easier. Finding out which cars have an especially large boot isn’t easy but we’re here to help. Here are our top  10 used cars with big boots, from inexpensive hatchbacks to luxury SUVs.

1. Volvo XC90

Boot space: 356 litres

If you need a car that can provide luxury travel for seven people – as well as a big boot – along with the added security of four-wheel drive, then the Volvo XC90 might be right for you.

Even with all seven seats in place, it will still swallow 356 litres of luggage – that’s larger than the boot in most small hatchbacks. Fold the third-row seats down and the 775-litre boot space is more than you get with any large estate car. With all five back seats folded 1,856 litres of space becomes available, which will make any big Ikea purchases a doddle to load.

Plug-in hybrid versions do have a bit less boot space to make way for the electric motor’s batteries, but otherwise the XC90’s cargo-carrying credentials are beyond reproach.

Read our Volvo XC90 review

2. Renault Clio

Boot space: 391 litres

For such a small car, it’s incredible how Renault has managed to make so much boot space available inside the latest Clio, which went on sale in 2019. And that big boot doesn’t come at the expense of space for passengers. There’s plenty of room for adults in the front and back seats, yet the boot capacity is a whopping 391 litres. 

For context, that’s more space than you’ll find in the latest Volkswagen Golf, which is a much larger car on the outside. The rear seats fold down, allowing you to expand the Clio’s capacity to an impressive 1,069 litres. 

Although most Clios are petrol-powered, diesel versions are available and these lose some of that boot space to an AdBlue tank – necessary to help with diesel emissions – stored under the floor.

Read our Renault Clio review

3. Kia Picanto

Boot space: 255 litres

Small cars rely very much on the ingenuity of their designers to squeeze the maximum amount of interior space from the smallest possible on-road footprint. And the Picanto does this with aplomb. You can fit four adults inside (although it’s better if you reserve the rear seats for shorter trips or shorter people) and still have space in the boot for the weekly shop.

You’ll get more room in the boot of a Kia Picanto than you would in small city car rivals such as the Toyota Aygo or Skoda Citigo, and the Picanto’s 255 litres isn’t much less than you’d get in bigger cars like the Ford Fiesta. 

Fold the rear seats down, and the boot capacity grows to more than 1,000 litres, which is quite a feat for something so small.

Read our Kia Picanto review

4. Jaguar XF

Boot space: 540 litres

Saloon cars might not be as versatile as SUVs or MPVs but in terms of outright boot space, they punch well above their weight. The Jaguar XF is a fine example. Its sleek bodywork hides a boot that can swallow up to 540 litres of luggage, which is more than you get in the Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5 Series. In fact, it’s only 10 litres less than the boot of an Audi Q5 SUV. 

You can fold the rear seats down, too, if you need to carry longer items like skis or a flatpack wardrobe.

Read our Jaguar XF review

5. Skoda Kodiaq

Boot space: 270 litres

If low running costs are important but you need a seven-seat SUV with as much luggage space as possible then the Skoda Kodiaq will tick a lot of boxes.

Talking of boxes, you’ll be able to fit a lot of them inside the Kodiaq. Fold the second and third-row seats flat and you get a load capacity of 2,065 litres. With all seven seats in place, you still get 270 litres of boot space, which is as much as you’ll find in a small hatchback like a Ford Fiesta.

Fold seats six and seven flat to make a five-seater and you’ll have 720 litres of luggage space. That’s roughly double what you get in a Volkswagen Golf; enough for six large suitcases or a pair of very large dogs.

6. Hyundai i30

Boot space: 395 litres

The Hyundai i30 gives you the excellent value, wealth of standard features and long warranty that you expect of the brand. It also gives you a bigger boot than most other mid-size hatchbacks. 

With 395 litres of space, its boot is bigger than that in a Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf. Fold the seats flat and you have 1,301 litres of space.

The compromise here is that some similar-size cars will give you a little more rear legroom than you get in the i30, but back-seat passengers will still find the i30 a perfectly comfortable place to be.

Read our Hyundai i30 review

7. Skoda Superb

Boot space: 625 litres

There’s no way you can talk about big boots without mentioning the Skoda Superb. For a car that takes up no more road space than any other large family car, it’s got a boot of mammoth proportions, offering up 625 litres of room for your family’s gear. 

To put that into perspective, enthusiastic golfers could squeeze around 9,800 golf balls into the space under the parcel shelf. Fold the seats down and fill things to the roof and you’re talking 1,760 litres of luggage space. 

If that’s not big enough, there’s an estate version that has a boot capacity of 660 litres with the load cover in place and 1,950 litres when the back seats are folded.

Combine all that with a wide range of fuel-efficient engines and good value for money, and the Skoda Superb makes a compelling case.

Read our Skoda Superb review

8. Peugeot 308 SW

Boot space: 660 litres

Any Peugeot 308 offers an impressive amount of boot space, but the estate version – the 308 SW – really excels here. 

To make the SW’s boot as big as possible compared with the 308 hatchback’s, Peugeot extended the distance between the car’s front and rear wheels by 11cm and then added another 22cm behind the rear wheel. The result is a gargantuan boot that arguably offers more space per pound than anything else.

At 660 litres, you could carry enough water to fill four bathtubs – in other words easily enough for a week’s holiday luggage for a family of four. If you fold down the seats and load things to the roof, there’s 1,775 litres of space in there, all of which is easily accessed thanks to a wide boot opening and no load lip.

Read our Peugeot 308 review

9. Citroen Berlingo

Boot space: 1,050 litres

Available in standard ‘M’ or enormous ‘XL’ versions, with five or seven seats, the Berlingo puts functional practicality ahead of luxury or driving fun. 

When it comes to luggage capacity, the Berlingo can’t be beaten. The small model can take 775 litres behind the seats, while the XL offers 1,050 litres of luggage space. If you remove or fold every seat in the XL, that rises to 4,000 litres. That’s more space than you’ll find in a Ford Transit Courier van.

Read our Citroen Berlingo review

10. Mercedes-Benz E Class Estate

Boot space: 640 litres

Few cars are as comfortable to travel in as the Mercedes-Benz E Class, but the estate version adds enormous luggage capacity to its list of virtues. In fact, it can deliver 640 litres of space, which rises to 1,820 litres when you drop the rear seats flat. 

You can also choose from a wide range of engines, including petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid options. Be aware, though, that the large battery required for the hybrid models reduces the boot space by 200 litres.

Go for a non-hybrid version and you’ll be driving around in an upmarket luxury car with more luggage space than anything other than all but the biggest SUVs and even more than some commercial vans.

Read our Mercedes-Benz E Class review

These are our favourite used cars with big boots. You’ll find these among the range of high-quality used cars to choose from at Cazoo. Use the search function to find one you love, buy it online, and have it delivered to your door or choose to collect it from your nearest Cazoo Customer Centre.

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