Hatchbacks with the biggest boots

These compact family cars are all about practicality, with enough boot space to handle family holidays and indulgent shopping sprees

Simon Ostler
Oct 26, 2021

Need a car that'll come up trumps when you're packing for that two-week summer holiday? Or maybe you'd rather be prepared for the day you need boot space for pushchairs and shopping at the same time. There are plenty of options you could go for; an estate car would certainly fit the bill. These long-running kings of haulage, are unrivalled in terms of the boot space they offer, but this can often come at the cost of actual interior space, and their elongated shape can make them daunting to park.

If you're keen to make the best of both worlds, with something practical and easier to drive, you're best alternative could be to go for a hatchback instead. Generally, these cars might not look like they have much space inside, but, in the case of the four we've listed here, looks can be misleading.

In all the cars on this list, the boot capacity on offer comes alongside an excellent amount of cabin space, meaning you'll be well catered for whether you need space for passengers or you're planning a trip to Ikea - although maybe not at the same time. The maximum boot space on offer will only be available if you fold the rear seats down. But even with all the seats in place, you won't struggle to fit a pushchair alongside a sizeable food shop.

Considering their stature as practical cars, you might wonder whether any of these will be particularly fun to drive, well you'll be pleased to know that their compact dimensions and low driving position make them much more exciting than often less spacious SUVs. Read on for our list of four hatchbacks with the biggest boots, and check out some of the great value deals ready and waiting for you on BuyaCar.

Hatchback with the biggest boots

1. Skoda Octavia

Used deals from £9,290
Monthly finance from £189*

The 600-litre boot you get in the Skoda Octavia wouldn’t disgrace some estate cars. It's also much bigger than you’ll find in many tall and boxy SUVs. Yet the fact you're also getting a spacious and practical family hatchback that’s comfortable, refined and excellent value for money makes this a very strong contender for the best hatchback argument, let alone the biggest boot.

It’s a formula that’s hard to beat, and seeing as it's a Skoda, it's not particularly expensive either. PCP finance deals on BuyaCar are cheaper than the VW Golf or Audi A3 - both of which have much smaller boots on offer. In short, the Octavia represents by far the best choice on this list, and it's a car that we like, a lot.

If you're looking at the previous version of the Octavia, you can still expect a 590-litre boot and an equally strong range of engines.

SKODA OCTAVIA BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Peugeot 308

Used deals from £6,399
Monthly finance from £150*

Boot space in the Peugeot 308 is some way off what you’ll find in the Skoda Octavia, but to be fair, that’s the case for every other family hatchback. The 470-litre offering is still far in excess of the average hatchback, and it'll expand to 1,185 litres if you fold down the rear seats.

However, unlike the Skoda Octavia, the Peugeot’s boot has been enlarged by squeezing rear passenger room, making the back seats cramped for adults. It does have a smoother and more stylish look though, which may well be a priority for some and shouldn't be overlooked if you're keen to drive something with a bit more chic appeal.

Order books for a new version opened in Summer 2021, which should be good news for used car buyers with prices for the outgoing generation (pictured above) dropping.

PEUGEOT 308 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Hyundai i30 Fastback

Used deals Limited stock

It’s no surprise that the boot in the Hyundai i30 Fastback is vast, because the car is based on the spacious Hyundai i30 hatchback - but with a bigger boot.

The 450-litre boot space on offer can accommodate plenty of luggage, and even when it's fully loaded up the car feels more agile than the standard i30 hatchback. Considering the sleek and sporty appearance of this car, the fact it has quite so much space in the back may come as a surprise, but it's not a car you should overlook.

The Hyundai name has often been considered inferior over the years, but this is no longer the case. Its latest cohort of models all offer a great driving experience as well as high levels of practicality and quality - this car should be considered alongside the likes of the VW Golf.

HYUNDAI I30 FACTBACK BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Fiat Tipo

Used deals from £6,990
Monthly finance from £129*

The Fiat Tipo doesn’t stand out with cutting-edge technology or distinctive design. Instead, it’s focused on offering great value and practicality. Fiat has tried to make the Tipo as family-friendly as possible, and that 440-litre boot is a good place to start - it will accommodate more than enough luggage for a family weekend away.

It's not the most exciting or memorable car to come out of Italy, it's also not exactly fun to drive or comfortable to sit in. In fact, we wouldn't recommend the Tipo ahead of the Octavia or i30 Fastback, but if you're after a small, cheap, Italian car with decent practicality and boot space, the Tipo is the car for you.

FIAT TIPO BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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