Car boot size comparison

Baffled by boots? Lost in litres? Here is a breakdown of the different shapes and sizes of car boots to help you choose your next car

James Wilson
Dec 16, 2021

Gauging the size of boot you need in your next car is very important when shopping for your next set of wheels. Selecting what you think is the perfect car only to find that your child’s pram doesn’t fit in the back or that there's no way the dog will willingly clamber into the boot, is infuriating to say the least.

You would think that finding a car with the right size boot for your requirements is dead easy. Sadly not. This is because most manufacturers quote luggage space as a volume in litres, which gives no indication of shape - or even the type of things that you can fit in there.

As a result, you could have a car with a long, thin and deep boot which is only really good for transporting stacks of floorboards. You could also have a shorter but wider, relatively deep boot that can handle everything from suitcases to microwaves. On paper, they could have identical volumes, but in practice they may be worlds apart in the practicality stakes.

There are also certain boot features that can turn a modestly-sized boot into an incredibly practical space that is more usable than alternatives twice the size. Such features include dividers to segregate shopping, hooks to tie luggage down, underfloor storage to keep smaller items safe and secure and even variable height boot floors. Also, equipment such as electronically opening and closing boot doors are nice features as they help take the edge off loading and unloading a car.

To help build a picture of the different shapes and sizes of boots and clarify any cargo confusion, we have looked at a range of different boot sizes and provided examples of the types of cars that have a boot of that volume. If you like the sound of any of the featured cars, be sure to check out BuyaCar for great deals on cars that can be ordered online and delivered to your door.

Boot space comparison

Cars with 100 to 200 litres of boot space

1. Renault Twingo

Compared to its rivals (such as the Skoda Citigo and Citroen C1) the compact Renault Twingo is about as quirky as it gets and not least for its styling. It comes with 188 litres of boot space, which is actually less than most of its competitors but that is not the end of the story. Renault designed the boot opening to be quite square and the boot floor is level with the top of the bumper. The upshot of this is that the Twingo is great if you want a car that can easily handle a suitcase or two and then make it relatively easy to remove these later on.

RENAULT TWINGO BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Mazda MX-5

The Mazda MX-5 is so popular that it is officially the best selling two-seater convertible of all time. Part of its appeal is that it can easily be used every day. The engines are powerful but not so much so that the car is intimidating when moving up from slower cars like the Ford Fiesta and the handling is perfect for enthusiastic driving along a twisty 60mph road. Additionally, Mazda has made sure that the 130-litre boot can stow two carry on suitcases - so the MX-5 is ideal for weekends away. You'll just have to think about the format of luggage you take to fit it into the deep, layered boot.

MAZDA MX-5 BUYERS' GUIDE

Cars with 200 to 300 litres of boot space

3. Kia Picanto

The Picanto may be a tiny city car, but its boot can carry far more than you might expect. Kia claims its smallest car can hold 255 litres of luggage. This is significantly more than the Renault Twingo mentioned above - which is a similar size - and marginally more than cars such as the Volkswagen Up, which has a 251-litre boot. All Kia Picantos have rear doors and the rear seats are relatively spacious. Except for X-Line variants, all models are four-seaters, although only having two rear seats is quite common for cars of this type.

KIA PICANTO BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Audi TT

The Audi TT is incredibly popular with UK drivers. It isn’t hard to see why, as it is classy, fun and well made. The Audi TT Coupe offers 305 litres of cargo space, which isn't bad for a car of this type. However, the boot itself is quite long and shallow, so it is more suited to carrying less tall items. Still, there is plenty of room to transport some small suitcases and, better still, you can always fold down the rear seats to swap the tight rear seats for an impressively large overall load area of 712 litres.

AUDI TT BUYERS' GUIDE

Cars with 300 to 400 litres of boot space

5. Vauxhall Corsa

The latest Vauxhall Corsa was launched towards the end of 2019 and it is the biggest version of the popular hatchback to date. This is shown in the boot size, which is 24 litres more than the previous-generation Corsa. It isn’t all good news, though, as the boot opening isn’t as wide as that of a Seat Ibiza and rivals such as the Renault Clio have much more cargo space in general. Still, once you have lifted luggage over the boot lip in the Corsa you should find plenty of space to put things such as regular buggies and pushchairs.

VAUXHALL CORSA BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Seat Arona

If you want something a fraction more practical than cars like the Ford Fiesta then a relatively compact SUV like the Seat Arona could be just the ticket. The boot measures in at 400 litres and it is very usable as the boot opening is square, there is no high boot lip to lift luggage over and there is a movable boot floor that allows you to choose if you want extra luggage space or a flat floor with the rear seats folded. As a result, those who like weekend trips with a couple of suitcases and other small bags should find the Arona a suitable companion.

SEAT ARONA BUYERS' GUIDE

Cars with 400 to 500 litres of boot space

7. Nissan Qashqai

This is where boots start to get really quite large. With the Qashqai’s 430-litre boot you should have no problem transporting a large dog, kids' sports gear - such as cricket or hockey kit - or a reasonable number of suitcases. This is one of the reasons the Qashqai has been such a smash hit with family motorists and those wanting a spacious but not cumbersome car. Plus, the Qashqai is remarkably comfortable, which helps little ones to nod off on longer journeys.

NISSAN QASHQAI BUYERS' GUIDE

8. BMW 3 Series Touring

Who says boot space cannot be sexy? The BMW 3 Series Touring in M Sport trim is one of the sharpest looking estate cars money can buy. Plus the 500-litre boot is very well designed. Take the boot opening, it is nice and square to make loading heavier items less strenuous. The boot floor is also relatively level with the top of the bumper, which is again useful when loading heavier items. Then there are the many hooks, dividers and nets which can be perfect for keeping cargo in place. Also, all versions of the latest 3 Series models come with an electric hatchback and the rear windscreen can be opened separately to the main door for speedy access, without having to worry about anything falling out.

BMW 3 TOURING BUYERS' GUIDE

Cars with 500 to 700 litres of boot space

9. Skoda Superb Estate

Skoda prides itself on how practical its cars are and the Superb is one of its most practical. The Superb Estate blows most of its competition well out of the water in load space terms, thanks to a mammoth 660-litre boot. Plus, Skoda’s engineers have thought about the little details that many forget about when designing a boot. For example, there are boot-mounted levers that drop the rear seats down, which makes loading large items easier. Plus, the boot opening is huge, meaning equally sizeable items can be loaded relatively easily.

SKODA SUPERB ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

10. Volkswagen Tiguan

In its standard form, the latest Volkswagen Tiguan offers 520 litres of luggage space, although the rear seats can be slid forward so that the boot jumps up to 615 litres. A useful increase but remember this comes at the expense of rear passenger legroom. Even so, the Tiguan is usefully more practical than rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and will swallow three decent-sized suitcases with some odds and ends - maybe an overnight bag or three - dotted around them. For those wanting a seven-seater, there are Tiguan Allspace models, although the rearmost seats are best suited to kids rather than adults due to the limited legroom available.

VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN BUYERS' GUIDE

Cars with 700+ litres of boot space

11. Vauxhall Combo Life

You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to work out that the Vauxhall Combo Life is based upon a van. The distinctive boxy styling is the biggest clue but its van heritage is the reason that the Combo Life comes with a frankly ridiculous 983 litres of luggage space. Impressed? It does not end there, as that figure is for the shorter version of the Combo Life. Larger XL models come with 1,538 litres of cargo space. Regardless of model, all Combo Lifes come with a huge boot door, which when opened reveals a vast opening to get luggage in and out. It also provides a handy bit of shelter if you are taking off and putting on shoes in the rain.

VAUXHALL COMBO LIFE BUYERS' GUIDE

12. Land Rover Discovery

While the Land Rover Discovery is not especially cheap to buy - or finance - and run, it sure is big. It comes with plenty of space for seven, including the driver, although we are focusing on it in five-seater mode only here. This is because with the rearmost seats folded down there is a huge 1,137 litres of luggage space. One undervalued boot feature is that the Discovery has a place to store its boot cover, so you don't have to leave it in the house before you head off, and then find that you don't have it in the car next time you need it.

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY BUYERS' GUIDE

Cars with 1,000 to 1,500 litres of boot space with the seats folded down

13. Skoda Fabia Estate

Skoda is the only car manufacturer that still produces a small estate car for UK motorists. Thankfully, the Fabia Estate is a cracking small car. We say small, but despite being similar in width and height to a Ford Fiesta, it boasts a big boot measuring 1,395 litres with the rear seats folded. This should be enough to handle equipment such as longboards or bags of football coaching equipment. For many, the best part of the Fabia Estate is that despite it offering the practicality of much larger cars, it is still affordable to run, thanks to frugal engines and relatively low insurance costs.

SKODA FABIA BUYERS' GUIDE

14. Renault Captur

The latest Renault Captur was launched in 2020 and marked a significant step up in many areas, especially build quality. What remained is the fact the compact Renault SUV can handle a surprisingly large amount of luggage with the rear seats folded. Part of this is due to the SUV body style offering plenty of height compared to some sleeker hatchbacks that have roofs which tail off towards the rear of a car. Petrol Captur models can handle up to 1,275 litres of cargo with the rear seats folded, though that drops to 1,149 litres for hybrid models and 1,118 litres for plug-in hybrids.

RENAULT CAPTUR BUYERS' GUIDE

Cars with 2,000+ litres of boot space with the seats folded down

15. Ford Tourneo Custom

If you need serious load carrying ability then the Ford Tourneo Custom is one of the best options. It is a people carrier version of the Transit Custom, so essentially a van with windows, seats and a more plush interior. This is excellent for practicality, as Ford has made it easy to slide, fold and even remove the rear seats. If you had the front and middle seats upright there would be a sizeable 2,100 litres of cargo space. Completely remove the rear seats and you'd have 5,520 litres of space - enough to transport all sorts of tables, sofas, packs of dogs or even the most extravagant camping kit.

16. Citroen Berlingo

The Citroen Berlingo is based on the same platform as the Vauxhall Combo Life above, although it comes with different styling. There are seven-seat and five-seat models to choose from as well as M and XL body lengths. The latter offers the most room with up to 3,500 litres of cargo space with all seats folded. One impressive feature of the Berlingo is that the front passenger seat can be folded flat, too, meaning objects up to 3.05 meters long can be safely transported. This is for XL models; in M models the length drops to 2.7 meters.

CITROEN BERLINGO 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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