Cars with big boots for prams

Tired of struggling to cram a pram into the back of your old car? These eight models should make life far easier with their large boots

James Wilson
Aug 31, 2021

If you're looking for a car with a big boot for a pram, you can rest assured you are not alone - modern buggies are enormous, so having a pram-friendly boot is top of many parents' car shopping lists. When you consider all the other baby kit needed every time you leave the house, therefore, chances are you will need a car with a big boot - unless you fancy playing a game of Tetris every time you go somewhere with the pram.

Starting or expanding your family has other implications for your chosen car beyond whether your travel system will store away nicely. While it is all well and good having a big boot, if access to the rear seats is like keyhole surgery, a car will quickly become tiresome to use with kids needing help to get in and out. Additionally, a big boot which is really high off the ground or has a big lip to lower your pram over, will put more of a physical strain on you. Thankfully, if you choose the right car you shouldn't have to worry about these issues.

Another consideration is space for any pets you may have. If you have a large dog, it's likely that it will need to travel in the boot as well, and only the largest of cars will be able to handle a canine and a pushchair. Additionally, reliability and crash safety are key concerns for parents and while modern cars are undoubtedly safer than those that came before, there are still makes and models which stand out for the level of safety they offer.

To help you find your perfect car with a big boot for a pram, we've shortlisted eight of our favourite family-friendly cars below. They range in price and size but all offer excellent boot space relative to their rivals. Each car is quoted with its boot space in litres - unless specifically stated, this figure is based on all the seats being upright rather than folded down, which increases the space into which you can load your belongings.

Car with big boots for prams

1. Skoda Fabia Estate


Boot capacity 530 litres
Used deals from £7,990
Monthly finance from £155*

If you are looking for a small car with a big boot then the Skoda Fabia Estate is just the ticket. As it is based on the standard Fabia hatchback it means that the estate version is comparable in width and height to the likes of a Ford Fiesta. It is the length where the difference comes in as a Fabia Estate is nearly 30cm longer than the Fiesta.

Another benefit of the Fabia being a smaller car with a big boot, is that running costs should be nice and low. There are a few diesel versions available - which might be a good option if you're a high-mileage driver - but these are older and much less common as Skoda slimmed the range of engines down a few years ago to just petrols.

This is no bad thing, though, as the turbocharged 1.0-litre 'TSI' petrol engines available in the Fabia Estate are more than powerful enough for town and motorway driving, yet they are very fuel efficient, too. If you want a car that looks a little more sporty, meanwhile, the ‘Monte Carlo’ specification is worth a look.

SKODA FABIA BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace


Boot capacity 760 litres (five-seat models)
Used deals from £24,999
Monthly finance from £386*

While the standard VW Tiguan is an incredibly popular SUV with a big boot, it can leave some wanting a little more. In the case of those with small kids, that ‘little more’ is a bit of extra boot space. This is exactly where the seven-seater Allspace version comes in. Put simply, VW stretched the standard Tiguan by 215mm - or roughly the same length as 2.4 Kitkat fingers laid top to tail - which gives you space for more luggage and people.

The extra boot space also allowed VW to squeeze in two extra seats, although these were an option, so make sure any car you are considering has them if they are important to you - use this link to find seven-seat Tiguan Allspaces. Opting for the extra seats does impact boot space; with the rear two chairs in place there is just 230 litres of room available, though with them folded down there's 700 litres.

In reality, the rearmost seats are only big enough for small children, so the Allspace is most valuable for its additional boot room. Plus, while the boot lip is quite high, as the Tiguan sits quite high off the ground compared to something like a VW Golf, the boot floor is level so you won’t have to reach in and down to place a pram.

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN ALLSPACE BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Volvo XC90


Boot capacity 1,007 litres (five seats) or 356 litres (seven seats)
Used deals from £29,995
Monthly finance from £452*

The Volvo XC90 is a godsend for anyone with a large family - and that is equally true whether your family is ‘large’ in terms of quantity or their height and width. Part of this is down to the huge boot, measuring in at over 1,000 litres with the rearmost row of seats folded into the floor. This is so much space that those who have a dog, as well as a child or two, should be able to fit a pram and a dog crate in together, if required.

Volvo prides itself on safety - another key consideration for many drivers with kids. Crash test experts Euro NCAP gave the XC90 a full five out of five stars when they tested it back in 2015. While the test procedure is updated regularly, meaning that more recent cars have faced tougher tests - so the same score on a newer test is a bigger achievement - the XC90 is still packed with safety kit, making it a great family car.

VOLVO XC90 BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Honda Jazz


Boot capacity 304 litres
Used deals from £6,490
Monthly finance from £136*

If you’ve successfully emerged from the sterilised cloud of steam that is having a very young baby, chances are you will be swapping to a smaller pram set up - something like a buggy or a stroller. As a result, you probably won’t need as cavernous a boot, and this is where a car like the latest Honda Jazz will really shine.

The Jazz is small and easy to drive but looks funky inside and out. The interior is minimalist but it manages to feel classy and slick rather than look like someone simply forgot to design the dashboard. A particular highlight is the two-spoke steering wheel which looks very futuristic. As an additional bonus to those with kids, the Jazz has plenty of headroom, so clunking your head when strapping kids in should be less of a concern.

READ MORE ABOUT THE 2020 HONDA JAZZ

5. Vauxhall Combo Life


Boot capacity 597 litres (850 litres in XL models)
Used deals from £13,990
Monthly finance from £222*

Being that the Vauxhall Combo Life is classed as a ‘people carrier’, it should come as no surprise that it is great at carrying people. Importantly, its boot can handle an awful lot of luggage, too. For maximum space, you will need to hunt down an ‘XL’ version, which is van-like in its carrying capacity. Depending on the total number of seats fitted - either five or seven - and whether or not they are folded down or upright, you will be able to fit between 850 and 2,693 litres of luggage in. It really is huge as family cars go.

If you like the idea of a super practical people carrier but aren’t sure about the looks of the Combo Life, the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter are basically the same cars but with different styling, so they are worth looking at. Another benefit of the Combo Life (and its sister cars) is sliding rear doors, which make loading and unloading kids a breeze and avoids accidentally denting cars you park next to, or getting a series of chips on the edge of your rear doors.

VAUXHALL COMBO LIFE BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Jaguar XF Sportbrake


Boot capacity 565 litres
Used deals from £21,880
Monthly finance from £365*

Fitting a pram in the boot of a car can be a stylish affair. The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is proof of as much, being that it is a very sleek and stylish car with a large boot. It measures in at 565 litres but what helps the Jaguar shine is that once the hatchback is open there is a nice big square area to load things into.

What also helps is that there is the option of an electric boot release - so no need to struggle with door handles. On older models - typically pre-2018 models - the ‘electric tailgate’ is opened from a button on the key fob. On newer models, there is the option of a ‘gesture tailgate’ which opens when the key is within a certain distance of the car and you make a kicking gesture at either rear corner of the car.

JAGUAR XF BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Peugeot 308


Boot capacity 470 litres
Used deals from £6,500
Monthly finance from £127*

Let’s say you want a nice traditional hatchback as your family car - but one with a big boot for a pram... Which one do you go for? Well, the Peugeot 308 promises 470 litres of cargo space, which is impressive considering the VW Golf - which is a similar size and pretty practical itself - only packs 381 litres.

There are some points to bear in mind when being blown away by the Peugeot’s luggage area, though. One is that the huge boot has resulted in the rear seats being short on legroom. However, this might not be a problem for families with younger children as kids tend to have little legs anyway. If you have gangly teenagers, meanwhile, this is probably not the best option for you.

Another consideration is that the boot shape isn’t a nice big square, so we recommend test fitting a pram before opting for a 308 just in case. Still, once the pushchair is in there should be plenty of room left to put odds and ends - such as the small mountain of nappies, toys and the nine-litre jug of coffee you are likely to cart around with you.

PEUGEOT 308 BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Ford Mondeo Estate


Boot capacity 500 litres
Used deals Limited stock

In contrast to the Peugeot above, the Ford Mondeo excels in how usefully shaped its boot is. Thanks to the way Ford designed the Mondeo Estate, its boot is basically one big square. Plus, the floor of the boot is level with the top of the bumper so you won’t have to struggle to lift a pram or buggy over a big loading lip.

The theme of useful space continues with the rear seats, which offer plenty of room - as do the fronts. Saying that, this shouldn’t be too surprising as the Mondeo is quite a large car. There are a few four-wheel-drive Mondeos available, but we’d recommend sticking to a two-wheel-drive version as these are more affordable and should cost less over the long run.

FORD MONDEO ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

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