Crossovers with big boots

If boot space is your top priority in a relatively compact but high-riding package, here are eight affordable crossovers with large boots

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Apr 15, 2021

Crossovers are among the most popular cars in Britain. They combine the best bits of a hatchback and SUV car in one affordable package, with some models boasting four-wheel-drive for extra grip on slippery roads.

The majority of crossovers are no more expensive to run than a similar size family hatchback, with their popularity boosted by a range of affordable finance options. Throw into the mix the smart styling, range of personalisation options with most models and the prospect of a large boot, and you begin to see why crossovers are in such high demand.

If boot space is your number one priority, there are other considerations that are worth taking into account. A flush loading lip will make it easier to place heavy items into the boot, while a wide opening will ensure you’re not playing automotive Tetris with your flat-pack furniture, simply to get it into the car.

By lowering the rear seats, a crossover should reveal a load area to rival many estate cars, so you could find that you don’t need to rent a van when you’re helping a friend move house or going on an Ikea binge.

Below we've put together a list of crossovers with big boots that offer both style and space. You could order any one of these cars online through BuyaCar and have it delivered to your front door without even leaving home. Keep reading to find the best crossover for you.

Crossover cars with big boots

1. Honda HR-V

Used deals from £12,495
Monthly finance from £211*

The Honda HR-V compact crossover is practical and spacious enough to rival a much larger SUV. Its 448-litre boot is only half the story, even if that does mean it offers notably more luggage capacity than the larger Nissan Qashqai.

Key to the HR-V’s appeal is Honda’s clever 'Magic Seats' system. The rear seats can tip up, cinema-style, to create an additional load area behind the front seats. This means you can carry tall items, such as a small tree from a garden centre or a couple of bikes. Alternatively, you could take your Dyson out for a Sunday afternoon drive.

If you're after the biggest overall volume, meanwhile, a touch of a button sees the rear seats fold flat into the floor to create a load area of 1,456 litres, which is impressive for a car of this size. Like to head off on an annual skiing holiday with the car? The passenger seat folds flat to enable you to carry a pair of skis or even longer bits of luggage. Put simply, the HR-V might be compact, but the boot space is anything but small.

HONDA HR-V BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Dacia Duster

Used deals from £5,999
Monthly finance from £135*

The Dacia Duster is Britain’s most affordable family crossover in terms of new car pricing, but it has more strings to its bow than a low price. That said, a car the size of a Nissan Qashqai for the price of a Nissan Micra certainly hits the target. Used prices are similarly appealing.

With the rear seats in use, the boot offers an impressive 445 litres of luggage capacity, although this drops to 411 litres in four-wheel drive versions. Either way, that’s more than enough for the weekly shopping or luggage for a family break. Folding the rear seats reveals a total space of 1,623 litres or 1,614 litres, depending on the model.

It’s worth avoiding the entry-level Access trim, as this lacks a 60/40 split folding rear seat and the one-piece folding bench in its place limits the Duster’s versatility. All other models get the more practical 60/40 arrangement, while boot liners and pet packs are available as options, depending upon what you're looking to carry.

DACIA DUSTER BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Citroen C3 Aircross

Used deals from £9,190
Monthly finance from £156*

The Citroen C3 Aircross is one of the most stylish cars of this type, but the design hasn’t come at the expense of practicality. On the contrary, it’s one of the most spacious crossovers you can get, while the squishy yet supportive seats mean it’s also one of the most comfortable.

There’s a decent 410 litres of boot space when the back seats are in use, but if you opt for the plush Flair trim, the rear bench slides forward to deliver up to 520 litres of luggage capacity. The seats fold 60/40 on all models to create a load area of 1,289 litres.

Flair models also get a handy adjustable floor, along with a parcel shelf that can be stored vertically against the rear bench seatback. Some versions even allow you to fold the front passenger seat forwards, which is great if you need to carry a long load.

CITROEN C3 AIRCROSS BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Volkswagen Tiguan

Used deals from £11,000
Monthly finance from £218*

The Volkswagen Tiguan bridges the gap between mainstream and upmarket crossovers. There’s a sense that you’re getting more for your money, with a high level of quality throughout and extremely strong second-hand values. Don't think this means high PCP finance costs, though, as the fact you can expect the car to be worth so much at the end of the contract reduces your monthly payments, compared with a less desirable car with the same initial price, that loses value quickly.

It’s also very practical, with the boot offering 520 litres of luggage space with the back seats in use, or an impressive 615 litres with the rear bench pushed forwards. You just need to check that any rear-seat passengers are still comfortable if you sacrifice a little legroom to make the most of this room.

The rear seats split 40/20/40 for maximum versatility, with as much as 1,655 litres of luggage space on offer with all three seats folded down. A load-through provision is standard on some higher trim levels, along with a variable height boot floor, allowing you to easily carry all sorts of bulky luggage.

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Peugeot 3008

Used deals from £15,299
Monthly finance from £224*

While some crossovers are a bit frumpy and, dare we say it, a little samey, going for a Peugeot 3008 is like treating yourself to that daring outfit you saw online. The striking exterior styling is matched by a bold interior that’s good enough to rival crossovers with much higher price tags.

The 520-litre boot is identical in size to the Volkswagen Tiguan, although this figure drops to 395 litres in plug-in hybrid models. In all cases, the rear seats split 60/40 and fold down to create a space of 1,482 litres in standard models or 1,357 litres in plug-in hybrid versions.

The Peugeot 3008 was updated in 2020, with the range split into five trim levels: Active Premium, Allure, Allure Premium, GT and GT Premium. Even the entry-level model features LED headlights, while the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel has been upgraded to improve clarity.

PEUGEOT 3008 BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Skoda Karoq

Used deals from £14,950
Monthly finance from £218*

While you might be tempted to opt for the extremely practical - and large - Skoda Kodiaq, there are plenty of reasons why you should take a look at the smaller and less expensive Karoq. It should be spacious enough for most families and you’ll be saving money on your monthly payments. It's also easier to drive due to its smaller dimensions.

Key to its appeal is the 'VarioFlex' seating system, which is standard on all versions except the SE trim level, where it’s a £450 option. Without it, the Karoq offers 521 litres of boot space, which is 11 litres more than you’ll find in the closely related Seat Ateca.

With VarioFlex, the rear seats slide forwards and backwards to allow you to decide whether to give your rear passengers maximum legroom or opt for the most voluminous boot. There’s as much as 588 litres of luggage capacity available, or as little as 479 litres if you want to treat your rear-seat passengers to the maximum amount of space.

SKODA KAROQ BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Renault Kadjar

Renault Kadjar rear

Used deals from £9,690
Monthly finance from £172*

Although the Renault Kadjar shares the platform it's built around with the Nissan Qashqai, it’s actually more practical than its Japanese rival. This means there’s space for three adults in the back, without having to worry about drawing straws to decide who sits in the middle.

Things are even better in the boot, where a luggage capacity of 472 litres trumps the 430 litres you’ll find in the Qashqai. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats fold flat to increase the size of the boot to 1,478 litres. Some models also feature seat-release levers in the boot and a handy moveable boot floor.

Choose a Renault Kadjar registered on or after 18 December 2019 and you’ll be covered by a comprehensive five-year, 100,0000-mile warranty, so these make clever choices as used purchases.

RENAULT KADJAR BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Vauxhall Grandland X

Used deals from £13,490
Monthly finance from £185*

If you think the Peugeot 3008 is a little too ‘in yer face’, the Vauxhall Grandland X could be the crossover for you. It shares much in common with the 3008 - as Vauxhall and Peugeot are now part of the same parent company - but the conventional styling and slightly sombre interior should appeal to anyone who wants to blend in rather than stand out.

It’s also more affordable than the Peugeot, which means you could get a lower mileage car and more equipment for your budget. Some models come with the likes of a heated windscreen, heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Are you warming to it yet?

The boot offers a substantial 514 litres of luggage capacity, while dropping the rear seats increases the size to 1,652 litres. All except the SE trim get 60/40 split-folding rear seats, an electric tailgate and a handy pass-through space in the centre of the rear bench.

VAUXHALL GRANDLAND X 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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