With the lockdown lifting, many of us are finally able to go on holiday in the UK.
And with campsites and hotels welcoming customers, staycations have already proved popular this year. So if you’re thinking of taking a break this autumn, having the right car for the job is a must – not least when it comes to boot space.
The good news is, if you need a car with a large boot, there are plenty to choose from. Here are 5 great options, ranging from estate cars through to premium SUVs.
Skoda Superb Estate
Skoda is known for offering spacious and affordable cars, and while they’ve gone more upmarket in recent years, they remain brilliant value. Undoubtedly the best Skoda to showcase this is the flagship Superb – a premium car without the price tag. It’s also huge.
Whether you choose it as a hatchback or estate, adults in the rear have limousine-like levels of space and the boot is one of the largest of a non-MPV or SUV. Even the sleeker hatchback has a 625-litre boot, but if you want the most room, the estate is the one to go for – it offers an impressive 660 litres of boot space. Folding the seats increases that to a class-leading 1,950 litres.
This figure applies to the latest third-generation Superb, which has been around since 2015.
Peugeot 308 SW
Despite the Peugeot 308 SW being quite a bit smaller than the Superb Estate, it still offers the same size boot with the rear seats in place (660 litres). With the rear seats folded, it’s not quite as large as the Superb, but with 1,775 litres on offer, it’s noticeably bigger than plenty of its rivals.
Yet despite this spaciousness, the 308 SW is a rather sleek-looking estate car – it’s not at all as bulky or boxy as its rivals. Go for a second-generation version, which has been around since 2014, and you’ll gain a higher quality interior and better driving experience. Models with the 1.6-litre ‘e-HDI’ diesel engine are particularly efficient. Peugeot claims it’ll return 76.3mpg, while CO2 emissions of 95g/km give it free car tax – providing it’s registered before April 2017. With 2014 models available for less than £5,000 it’s also a great used buy.
While SUVs and estate cars might be cooler right now, the MPV market still offers the most boot space – specifically those models that are based on vans. While not the most stylish, they’re definitely impressively large.
So while the Hyundai i800 won’t be winning any fashion competitions, if you want space, there are few better options. Its boot measures 851 litres, even with all 8 seats in position, though it’s worth noting that the seats don’t fold – they’re fixed into the floor, and can be removed if needed.
A big boot doesn’t always mean sacrificing on luxury, and the upmarket Audi Q7 is a prime example. As a full-size 7-seat SUV, the cabin is huge, and even with all seats in place, you still have 295 litres – the same as a Ford Fiesta.
But to make the most of the Q7, it’s best to treat it as a 5-seater with a massive 865-litre boot, which will be able to handle all kinds of luggage for a weekend away. And if that’s still not enough space, leaving just 2 seats in place gives you a van-like 2,050 litres of room. While the Q7 has been around since 2006, it’s best to go for the second-generation model, which arrived in 2015. This features a far more modern interior and looks great on the outside as well.
While prices have remained high, a high-spec 2015 car with around 50,000 miles on the clock is available for £27,000 – less than half the price of a new one.
If you want a massive boot for the lowest price possible, your best bet might be the SsangYong Turismo. This South Korean manufacturer prides itself on affordability and dependability, and that’s what this large 7-seat MPV offers.
While its awkward looks and lack of badge appeal will turn off some buyers, you really can’t argue with the size of its boot. Even with all seats in place, it offers 875 litres of boot space, and with the second and third rows folded, it unlocks a simply vast 3,146-litre boot – making it the largest of any non-van-based MPV. In terms of value, the Turismo is superb – especially newer three-year-old models, which can be picked up for just £13,000.