Small cars with big boots

Choosing a small car doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a big boot, as these practical city cars and superminis prove

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Apr 30, 2021

You don’t necessarily have to buy a large car to get a big boot. There are plenty of small cars on sale with enough luggage capacity for a serious trip to the supermarket or a weekend away with your partner - even if you have a couple of children in tow.

The size of the boot is only one consideration when you’re looking for a practical small car. You also need to look at the shape of the boot, whether or not you can fold the rear seats to create a larger load area, along with little extras such as underfloor storage and tie-down hooks.

Finding the perfect small car couldn’t be simpler with BuyaCar: use the search tools, compare prices, then pay in full or apply for low-rate finance in just a matter of minutes. Your new car could be delivered to your door in as little as five days.

We’ve rounded up the most appealing city cars and superminis with big boots. All that’s left for you to do is to, er… fill your boots.

Small cars with big boots

1. Kia Picanto

Used deals from £4,699
Monthly finance from £99*

It might be small, but the Kia Picanto city car isn't lacking in boot space. Indeed, its 255-litre boot is large enough to rival some larger superminis, so you don’t have to hold back when you’re in town getting some retail therapy. It’s certainly large enough for two big shopping bags or a chunky suitcase.

In all versions of the Picanto, the back seats split and fold 60/40 to increase the load area to 1,010 litres. You may want to avoid the entry-level Picanto 1, as this lacks a seatback pocket on the front passenger seat and a centre console with storage box and sliding armrest. The Picanto 2 gets the seatback pocket, but you’ll need to upgrade to the Picanto 3 or above for the pair.

The Kia Picanto comes with a seven-year warranty, which should provide great peace of mind when buying a used example, with even four-year-old versions offering the same amount of manufacturer warranty as most brand new cars.

KIA PICANTO BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Hyundai i10

2020 Hyundai i10 rear

Used deals from £4,500
Monthly finance from £96*

Although the Hyundai i10 shares the platform it's built around with the Kia Picanto, the boot is slightly smaller at 252 litres. In reality, you’re not going to notice the difference - this remains a large boot for the size of the car. Folding the back seats increases the luggage capacity to 1,050 litres - more than the Picanto can offer.

Like the Picanto, there’s a high loading lip, but this is to be expected in a city car. There’s no underfloor storage either, so it’s a case of what you see is what you get. For the dimensions of the car, though, the boot is pretty large.

The current Hyundai i10, introduced in 2020, is the best yet, with smart styling, a noticeable increase in quality and an excellent level of standard equipment. The Premium trim packs the kind of equipment you’d associate with a significantly more expensive car, too.

2014-2020 HYUNDAI I10 BUYERS' GUIDE

2020-PRESENT HYUNDAI I10 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Suzuki Celerio

Used deals from £4,295
Monthly finance from £86*

The Suzuki Celerio is one of the most affordable cars on BuyaCar, with finance costs starting from less than £100* per month. It was discontinued in 2019, so you’ll struggle to find one with a large chunk of the original three-year manufacturer’s warranty remaining, but the Celerio should be a dependable choice.

It’s also incredibly spacious, with enough room for five adults in the cabin and a 254-litre boot in the back. The rear seats split 60/40 to provide more luggage space, although the 726-litre total puts the Celerio behind many of its rivals on overall load space. You’ll just have to make two trips to the shops if you go on a shopping binge.

Low running costs are almost guaranteed thanks to frugal and punchy 1.0-litre petrol engines, as is cheap insurance. Right now, it’s impossible to get a more spacious car of this age for such a low monthly payment.

SUZUKI CELERIO BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Skoda Citigo

Used deals from £4,795
Monthly finance from £95*

The Skoda Citigo, Seat Mii and Volkswagen Up are near-identical cars separated by different badges, trim levels and features. There are two good reasons why you might choose the Citigo over its closely-related siblings: price and availability. It’s more affordable than the Volkswagen version and more widely available than the Seat.

For such a small car, the Skoda Citigo is remarkably well packaged. There are three- and five-door versions available, although the latter makes more sense if practicality is your top priority. The boot offers 250 litres of luggage capacity with the seats up, or 959 litres with the seats folded down.

It's worth finding a Citigo with the optional variable boot floor, as this allows you to create a totally flat floor. Prices start from less than £100* per month, which is enough to secure a 2014 or 2015 model.

SKODA CITIGO BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Renault Clio

Renault Clio side

Used deals from £5,250
Monthly finance from £112*

You’d expect a supermini to offer more boot space than a smaller city car. The new Renault Clio goes one better by offering enough luggage capacity to rival a larger family hatchback. The penalty for the large boot is slightly cramped rear-seat accommodation, but the Clio is more than acceptable in this regard.

The amount of boot space you get depends on the engine and gearbox combination. Petrol versions offer the most, with a substantial 391 litres of space. That’s 40 litres more than a Volkswagen Polo and 10 litres more than the bigger Volkswagen Golf. Clio plays Golf, Clio wins.

Luggage capacity drops to 366 litres in diesel versions and 301 litres in the E-Tech hybrid. In all cases, the rear seats fold 60/40 if you need to carry larger loads. This version of the Clio went on sale in 2019, so it’s still relatively new, but finance costs have dropped to almost £150* per month.

RENAULT CLIO BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Nissan Note

Used deals from £4,641
Monthly finance from £110*

Although the Nissan Note was discontinued in 2017, there are still plenty of used examples to choose from, with prices starting from around £5,000. If you’re after a big boot, this compact Nissan certainly reaches the right notes, thanks to an impressive 381 litres of luggage capacity.

Most versions feature a removable boot floor, which is handy if you need to carry taller loads. With this in place, you get a flush floor and a place to store your valuables underneath. You can even slide the rear seats forward to create more space.

Here’s the best bit: with the rear seats folded down, the Note offers 1,465 litres of capacity. That’s the kind of figure you’d associate with a much larger estate car or people carrier.

NISSAN NOTE BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Honda Jazz

Used deals from £6,292
Monthly finance from £124*

The Honda Jazz has developed a reputation for offering best-in-class levels of interior space. The version built from 2015 until 2020 is a good case in point, thanks to its 354-litre boot. This means it offers the benefits of a compact city car in its ease of driving, with the boot space of a much bigger machine.

It gets better, because its ‘Magic Seats’ setup mean that the rear seats can be folded down to create a 1,314-litre boot or flipped up to turn the footwells into extra storage compartments. None of this comes at the expense of headroom or legroom.

Although the Jazz is a little more expensive than some of its mainstream rivals, the additional cost should be offset by the car’s excellent reliability. Fewer visits to the garage means more money in your pocket.

HONDA JAZZ BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Seat Ibiza

Used deals from £4,990
Monthly finance from £108*

The Seat Ibiza is one of the most stylish superminis you can get. It also offers exceptional value for money, with even luxurious Xcellence Lux versions costing around £20,500 when new - not bad for such a well-equipped car. Low prices on the used market make it even more appealing.

Standard equipment is excellent, although upgrading to FR trim adds cosmetic upgrades that give the Ibiza a sportier look. Not that any of this comes at the expense of practicality, with its 355-litre boot being more than adequate for this size of car.

The back seats fold 60/40, but it’s worth finding a used Ibiza with the optional Storage Pack. This adds space under the boot floor, a cargo net and a storage drawer under the front seats for extra practicality.

SEAT IBIZA 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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