Spacious cars

Searching for a spacious car to transport friends, family and luggage? Check out our list of the most spacious used cars

Chris Rosamond
Dec 3, 2021
Skoda Kodiaq front three quarters view

Not everyone needs a car with nine seats and a mammoth boot, but having plenty of luggage space and legroom can provide an extra level of comfort and take the stress out of loading the car and wondering whether everything will fit.

So whether you have a big family, a business or a hobby that means you have a lot of stuff to haul, making sure that the car you end up with is spacious can be very worthwhile. With that in mind, we've rounded up some of the most spacious cars that offer great styling, roomy interiors and plenty of luggage space.

While modern hatchbacks and city cars can offer spacious interiors with surprising capacity, larger family cars and SUVs are best suited to the job, offering unmatched luggage room and cabin space. We’ve chosen eight of the best deals for drivers looking for maximum space in their next nearly-new or used car.

Check out the two impressively practical van-based people-carriers below if you're after serious space or look at the more upmarket SUV options if you’re after a high-riding and desirable alternative. Meanwhile, if you’re on a tight budget, the surprisingly spacious and affordable Skoda Octavia could be a great choice, while the BMW 4 Series offers four-seat comfort in a much more sporty package. Keep reading to find the best spacious car for you.

Spacious cars

1. Skoda Octavia

Used deals from £9,500
Monthly finance from £183*

The Octavia’s mix of value, space and practicality make this Skoda hatchback one of the most well-rounded cars on this list. Highlights of the Octavia include fantastic levels of rear legroom as well as an enormous boot, so it’s easy to understand why it’s a favourite with taxi drivers. Despite being a very sensible purchase, the Octavia is still an engaging car to drive and comes packed with tech in the higher trim levels such as SE Drive, SE Technology and SE L.

While the Octavia shares engines, a range of mechanical parts and in-car tech with the VW Golf, Skoda delivers it with a much roomier body that competes on space with models in the class above, like the Ford Mondeo. That’s why the Octavia knocks the Golf for six on boot space, with a hefty 220 litres more than the closely-related Golf.

A used Octavia should also be a very economical car to own and run, thanks to a range of highly-efficient VW Group 'TDI' diesel engines in older models, and advanced petrol 'TSI' engines which are a great option for those who cover fewer miles, as they’re refined and decently punchy.

SKODA OCTAVIA BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

Used deals from £13,899
Monthly finance from £234*

Not many estate cars are able to match the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer for its all-round practicality, value for money and plentiful interior space. Though the Insignia Sports Tourer may not feature the largest boot space for this type of car - check out the Skoda Superb and VW Passat for that - it more than makes up for it with its impressively roomy interior.  Rear seat passengers in the Vauxhall have limo-like levels of legroom, and while the boot may not win a hand of Top Trumps it still beats already spacious rivals such as the Ford Mondeo and Mazda 6.

The Insignia loses value relatively quickly from new, which makes it a great value second-hand choice, so you can find good deals on relatively recent models. Running costs should be reasonable too, as most cars have fuel efficient and reliable diesel engines. Spacious, relatively recent cars don't come much cheaper to buy and run.

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA SPORTS TOURER BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Ford Tourneo Connect

Used deals from £14,970
Monthly finance from £297*

Van-based people carriers often offer the maximum space for your money when searching for the most roomy cars. The Ford Tourneo Connect may not boast quite the level of swish styling and creature comforts of Ford’s ordinary passenger cars but it makes a fantastic option for transporting family, friends and anyone else you need to fit in the back as well as their luggage.

If the idea of driving a ‘van with windows’ makes sense to you then the Ford Connect based Tourneo - and its bigger brother the Tourneo Custom - should be at the top of your list. Consider the fact that a brand new Tourneo Connect is nearly a third cheaper than a Ford S-Max, and it’s no wonder they look such good value used.

With fuel-efficient diesel engines it’ll be cheap to run, and while the boxy van-based body means you get a bit of extra wind and road noise on the move, the Tourneo has all the essentials you'd want in Zetec trim, and feels quite luxurious in Titanium form. The Grand Tourneo Connect model offers seven seats and a very good blend of passenger and luggage room compared with most car-based people carriers.

4. Skoda Kodiaq

Used deals from £16,750
Monthly finance from £253*

No apologies for squeezing a second Skoda into our spacious cars selection, especially when it comes in the shape of the popular Skoda Kodiaq seven-seater SUV. The Kodiaq is a large off-road style car that competes with the Land Rover Discovery Sport and VW Tiguan Allspace, although it’s designed primarily for road use and would flounder behind the Land Rover if you fancied your chances off-road.

This is not an issue for most owners, of course, who will find the spacious Kodiaq to be one of the best cars for family use. The third row of seats has plenty of legroom for adults, although headroom is a little tight for taller people, but fold these seats down and the boot is enormous.

Well built, handsome and comfortable - but missing a posh badge on the bonnet - this Skoda was always destined to be a great deal second-hand. It’s not just competitively priced though, as a great suspension and steering setup and decently punchy engines make the Kodiaq a pleasure to drive, too.

SKODA KODIAQ BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Citroen SpaceTourer

Used deals from £18,995
Monthly finance from £331*

If you’re a fan of ‘does-what-it-says-on-the-tin’ then the Citroen Space Tourer is a shoo-in for a slot in our most spacious cars round-up. It offers oodles of space for people and luggage and its comfy suspension setup makes it well suited to relaxed cross-country tours.

It’s another van-based people carrier in the mould of the Ford Tourneo models. Under the relatively sleek exterior is the boxy outline of the Citroen Dispatch delivery van, which means a cavernous interior and room for up to nine passengers if you can find one of the rare XL models. The standard M version will carry seven, although like most people carriers the luggage space is a little compromised when all the seats are in play. Fold the back row down, though, and you could hold a rave in the boot - it's huge.

The Space Tourer has suspension that’s significantly upgraded over delivery van versions, so the ride is much more comfortable and it handles corners neatly too, in spite of its size. Wind and road noise are on the high side, but by no means bad, and the interior is surprisingly well fitted-out and equipped.

Diesel engines are efficient too, and with prices for a year-old model with low miles starting at around £18,000, the Space Tourer really does make a lot of sense for those after space on a budget.

CITROEN SPACETOURER BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Mercedes GLE

Used deals from £23,750
Monthly finance from £439*

If you like the SUV-style practicality of the Skoda Kodiaq but want to drive something with a bit more class, then the Mercedes GLE is a very attractive option.

It’s a big road-focused car with unmistakable presence, and a very spacious cabin where five people can stretch out in comfort and luxury. Seven-seater versions are popular too - the third row is optional when new,. so if you need seven seats make sure any model you're looking at has this - but as with many SUVs, the rear chairs are best for kids.

The seven-seat option does give the GLE added flexibility, but the Mercedes really shines for its leg and headroom in the front two rows where five people could happily sit for hours at a time. It also has a massive boot, so it’s perfect for active families who like holiday road trips.

As you’d expect from an upmarket model, there is a wide range of engine options, including high-performance petrol offerings. Nearly new GLEs start at comfortably over £50,000, but you only have to pay half that to get into a three-year-old, four-wheel drive diesel model.

MERCEDES GLE BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Peugeot 5008

Used deals from £19,500
Monthly finance from £301*

The Peugeot 5008 is a fashionable seven-seater SUV that offers even more space than its five-seat 3008 sister model with people carrier-style practicality. Don’t confuse the new 5008 model which was introduced in 2017 with its rather ordinary people-carrier predecessor. The two are like chalk and cheese, and the revamp catapulted the 5008 from a worthy but dull people carrier to one of the most desirable cars of this type

The stylish design grabs your attention first and gives the 5008 a rather upmarket feel. It’s more appealing to look at than the Skoda Kodiaq, and the theme continues inside where an unconventional design features a digital dashboard with instruments you look at over the top of a small steering wheel.

As befits a large people carrier/SUV there’s leg and headroom aplenty for five adults - unless you’re looking at a model with the panoramic glass roof, which compromises headroom in the second row. Again, as with many rivals, the rearmost pair of seats are best for kids or occasional use for adults, but fold them away and the 5008 offers a truly vast boot.

PEUGEOT 5008 BUYERS' GUIDE

8. BMW 4 Series Coupe

Used deals from £16,390
Monthly finance from £330*

Not everyone after space wants to drive a bus, so what can you do if you’re a sporty soul but you need a bit more room than the average sports car has to offer? Welcome to the world of the spacious sporty coupe, where cars as diverse as the Audi TT, Ford Mustang and Toyota GT86 attempt to convince you that practicality and fun do go hand in hand.

If you want a spacious sporty car that’s genuinely fun to drive - and genuinely practical too - then the BMW 4 Series Coupe should be on your radar. It’s closely related to the 3 Series saloon which means in spite of only getting two doors and that sloping rear roofline, there are proper seats in the back. Headroom isn’t as good as in the 3 Series, but it’s not too claustrophobic and adults can ride in the rear seats in relative comfort. Sadly you can’t say as much for many of the similarly sized cars touted as full four-seaters.

The BMW 4 Series also features a usefully practical boot. There’s a wide range of engine options, from economical to seriously high-performance, with a wide range of prices to match. If you need more practicality, you can even get the 4 Series Gran Coupe, which offers two rear passenger doors and a hatchback, which provides greater access to the boot. Few cars offer such sleek style and space for people and luggage.

BMW 4 SERIES 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%

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