Cheap cars with big boots

On a budget but need a large boot for buggies, family holidays or carrying large dogs? Check out these cheap cars with big boots

James Wilson
Aug 31, 2021

Securing a car with a big boot doesn’t have to mean hefty monthly payments or an enormous cash price. There are plenty of affordable cars out there with oodles of luggage space. You even have lots of choice from estates, hatchbacks, superminis and even crossovers among other car types, so it can be hard to simply narrow down your options to the best cars for your needs.

Fortunately, we have done the legwork for you and selected eight of the best cheap cars with a big boot. These are not necessarily the cars with the absolute biggest boot or cars which have the biggest boot for their type of car - though you can find articles on those topics by clicking on the links below. Instead, these are cars that represent excellent value and have a boot that is well above average in size.

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The cars featured also have other boot-related selling points - such as wide boot openings and flat boot floors. If you plan to load heavy items into your car, having a boot floor that is level with the top of the bumper should prove very valuable as it means you don't need to bend over and into the back of your car as much. Some models also have big square load areas, which make it easier to make full use of the boot.

In some cases, the rear seats can play a part in how useful a big boot is. Whether that is being able to fold the rear seats completely flat, slide them forwards and backwards - to get the best mix of boot space and rear leg room - or even being able to remove them entirely from the car. One thing that all the models below share is that they can be purchased second-hand for less than £15,000 - but some are considerably less than this - though you also have the option of car finance to take advantage of low monthly payments instead.

Cheap cars with a big boot

1. Honda Jazz


Boot capacity 354 litres (seats up)
Boot capacity 1,314 litres (rear seats down)
Used deals from £6,490
Monthly finance from £135*

When it comes to small practical cars, the Honda Jazz is a tough act to beat. In terms of rivals, the Jazz competes against alternatives such as the Ford Fiesta and Renault Clio, but in reality, the Honda is a very different type of proposition being more similar to the practical Nissan Note featured below. With a boot measuring in at 354 litres with all seats upright, the Honda outsizes the Ford by a substantial 43 litres.

The rear seats come with a clever feature, too - something that Honda calls ‘Magic Seats’ - which means that they can fold up like cinema seats creating an additional large cargo area behind the rear seats for the occasional times the boot isn’t quite the right shape. This could enable you to carry things like large plant pots or a bike more easily.

2015-2019 HONDA JAZZ BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Vauxhall Meriva


Boot capacity 397 litres (seats up)
Boot capacity 1,500 litres (rear seats down)
Used deals from £4,989
Monthly finance from £118*

The Vauxhall Meriva is a practicality-centric people carrier and while it may not offer seven seats, it does offer great usability in other ways. Not only is the boot a good size, it also expands substantially if you drop the rear seats, offering a flat floor which is useful for sliding in big, heavy items that won't fit in the boot alone. In terms of footprint, the Meriva is very similar in length and width to the Volkswagen Golf, though it is a fair bit taller. The extra height combined with its boxy shape means the Meriva is great for carrying all kinds of luggage.

As Vauxhall ended production of the Meriva in 2017, all models will be a few years old now, but there is still a great range to choose from and the Meriva is surprisingly affordable. The interior is based on the Vauxhall Astra of the same era but there are additional practical touches such as sliding rear seats. Handily, they can be slid individually so you can tailor the ratio of space for rear passengers and luggage. You also get rear doors that open in the opposite direction to the front ones, which helps when loading children into the rear seats and then jumping behind the wheel.

2014-2017 VAUXHALL MERIVA BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Skoda Octavia Estate


Skoda Octavia Estate boot

Boot capacity 610 litres (seats up)
Boot capacity 1,740 litres (rear seats down)
Used deals from £10,999
Monthly finance from £208*

Skoda has really made a name for itself as the one-stop shop for those wanting good value practical cars. The Octavia is Skoda’s answer for those wanting a family hatchback, so it competes with alternatives such as the Ford Focus and Seat Leon, but it offers a lot more interior and boot space. The standard Octavia hatchback has a huge 590-litre boot, while the estate version increases this to 610 litres.

The Octavia performs well in other areas, too. You get a good range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from, though if you do a mixture of town driving with the occasional longer motorway journey, we’d recommend the 1.5-litre petrol. Why? Because it offers a decent amount of punch, enabling you to pick up speed easily or carry heavy loads without the car struggling, along with good claimed fuel economy.

2013-2020 SKODA OCTAVIA ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Dacia Logan MCV


Boot capacity 573 litres (seats up)
Boot capacity 1,518 litres (rear seats down)
Used deals Limited stock

If you are looking for the absolute cheapest relatively new car with a big boot, you cannot go wrong with the Dacia Logan MCV. When launched in 2013 the most basic Logan started at under £7,000, although it was about as well equipped as an empty ice cream tub. Thankfully, models with much more standard kit were also available, though they weren't quite as cheap. If you're looking at used cars, though, these higher specification models are still very affordable.

Dacia is part of the same company as Renault so borrows components such as engines and bits of interior kit from previous-generation Renaults. The benefit is that you get tried and tested parts for a very low cost. In 2017 Dacia subtly revised the Logan and if your budget will stretch to it, we’d recommend going for an updated model as these feel more modern. The most important changes are a redesigned front bumper and updates to the cabin materials. Essential or Comfort versions are a good option, though the entry-level Access models are very basic, not even including a radio as standard, so we'd recommend steering clear of these.

DACIA LOGAN MCV BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Renault Clio

Boot capacity 391 litres (seats up)
Boot capacity 1,069 litres (rear seats down)
Used deals from £5,490
Monthly finance from £128*

Renault did such a good job with the latest Clio that it's become one of the very best superminis, despite going up against the excellent Ford Fiesta and Seat Ibiza. Part of the reason for the Clio reaching such heights is due to its practicality. Its boot measures in at 391 litres and this is actually bigger than the boot of the much larger Volkswagen Golf.

Renault hasn’t cheated physics, though. Part of this cargo space has been achieved by having a boot floor that is quite deep - which can make loading/unloading heavier items difficult. If you regularly carry heavy or bulky items, therefore, it's worth considering one of the other models here with a boot floor that is line with the boot opening and offers more floor space.

The Clio also has heaps of standard equipment - including cruise control, autonomous emergency braking (which uses onboard computers and sensors to automatically brake the car if it thinks a collision is going to happen) and LED headlights.

RENAULT CLIO BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Nissan Note


Boot capacity 325 to 411 litres (seats up)
Boot capacity 1,495 litres (rear seats down)
Used deals from £5,299
Monthly finance from £133*

If you liked the sound of a Honda Jazz but weren’t too keen on the styling then a Nissan Note is a great alternative. It is a similar kind of practical small car, especially with rear sliding seats which are found on Acenta Premium models amongst others. With the rear seats in place and slid all the way back, there's 325 litres of space on offer (which is less than the 354 litres available in the Jazz) but this jumps up to 411 litres with the rear seats as far forward as possible. Fold the rear seats down and you get a whopping 1,495 litres of room - notably more than the Jazz offers.

The boot features don’t end there, as Nissan offered a neat 'Flexiboard' system, which allows you to raise the boot floor slightly and make use of storage compartments under it. One side of the compartment is waterproof, too, making it great for muddy football boots or dirty wellies. There aren’t many engines to choose from but all focus on being frugal and usable every day rather than being particularly powerful.

2013-2017 NISSAN NOTE BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Citroen C3 Aircross


Boot capacity 410 to 520 litres (seats up)
Boot capacity 1,289 litres (rear seats down)
Used deals from £10,295
Monthly finance from £167*

Not only does the Citroen C3 Aircross offer a supersized boot considering its external dimensions, it also offers greater space under the car in terms of high ground clearance, which might be handy if you have a rough and bumpy drive or often travel on rough roads. Being a high-riding crossover, the C3 Aircross sits higher from the ground than a normal hatchback and as a result, some people may find it easier to put luggage in and out of the back, as they won’t have to bend down as far. Many people prefer the higher driving position a crossover typically gives, too, as it can provide better visibility of the road ahead.

Citroen has included a number of nice storage touches in the boot. Take the parcel shelf. If you need to remove it to get a larger item in, there is space under the front of the boot to put it. Also, you can reposition the boot floor to choose between maximum storage space and the easiest possible loading of items.

CITROEN C3 AIRCROSS BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Vauxhall Combo Life


Boot capacity 597 or 850 litres (seats up)
Boot capacity 2,126 or 2,693 litres (rear seats down)
Used deals from £13,990
Monthly finance from £222*

If Postman Pat could pick his own car to deliver mail, we’d expect the Vauxhall Combo Life to be right at the top of his list. It is big, it is boxy and its boot is huge. For maximum storage space ‘XL’ models are the way to go, as they can fit in up to 850 litres of cargo with all seats up. We say ‘up to’ as there are five- and seven-seat options but the two extra seats reduce the maximum cargo space to 597 litres.

Additionally, the sliding rear doors make it very easy to get things in and out of the back. Peugeot and Citroen make their own version of the Combo Life, which are called the Rifter and Berlingo respectively and are literally the same car with different styling. It is worth noting, though, that both alternative cars tend to be more expensive than the Vauxhall.

Meanwhile, if you fold the rear seats down in the Combo Life, you have effectively the same volume as you'd get in a small van. It's huge.

VAUXHALL COMBO LIFE 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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