To help make choosing your next family car a little easier, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has put together a list of 10 of our favourite family cars with a great boot, based on load capacity, practicality and ease of use.
Great to drive, economical and with plenty of space in the front for two adults, as well as an impressive 520-litre boot, it’s easy to see why the Peugeot 3008 is the first car in our top ten list.
Rear passengers benefit from wide opening doors, shaped for easy access and thanks to the tall ride height of the 3008, child seats are easy to install, with standard Isofix points on the two outer seats for increased safety. The 3008’s roomy interior makes sense, given the large-SUV look of the Peugeot, but it's more efficient than you might expect. Its safety is also top-notch thanks to a five-star crash-test score from Euro NCAP.
The practical Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer is a popular lease choice for many families thanks to its blend of comfort, style, practicality, and efficiency.
With all seven seats up, the Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer has a boot size of 165 litres but slide the second row of seats forward and fold the rear row of seats creates a big load bay that’ll hold up to 793 litres, enough for carrying the children’s sports equipment and a fold-away buggy. Folding all the rear seats gives you a van-like carrying capacity of 2,181 litres. All Grand C4 Spacetourers also feature a flat boot floor with no load lip, so sliding heavy items into the back is incredibly easy.
The Peugeot 308 SW is a well-equipped family estate car with a huge boot, seating for up to seven people and plenty of practical features as standard.
With an impressive 660 litre boot, the Peugeot 308 SW boasts enough space for your shopping bags, as well as all your family essentials. Fold the rear seats down, and this expands to a massive 1,775 litres, making it one of the biggest boots in its class. Thanks to a wide opening, low load lip and low overall boot height, lifting items in and out of the 308 SW’s boot is also a breeze.
Alongside its high-quality interior, impressive safety levels and rugged good looks, the new Volvo XC90 offers a huge amount of space for passengers and luggage inside its seven-seat cabin.
The XC90’s generously sized boot is impressive whether the second or third-row seats are up or down. Boasting an impressive loading capacity of 356 litres with all the seats up and 1,856 litres with the rear seats down, the XC90’s wide opening and flat floor boot makes loading and unloading heavy items super easy.
If you fancy yourself behind the wheel of something a little more luxurious, check out the Q7, Audi’s fast, comfortable and versatile SUV, with one of the best interiors on the market.
When seven seats and a very flexible layout, the Audi Q7 offers a decent amount of space for both passengers and their luggage. The 605-litre boot space expands to 770 litres at the touch of a button when you collapse the third row of seats.
Thanks to its huge boot opening and standard powered boot lid, loading big objects such as prams and sports equipment is easier than ever before. Getting in and out of the second-row seats is also easy thanks to large rear door openings and slim sills, with enough shoulder room for three adults to comfortably sit side by side.
If you’re not in the market for a seven-seater but still need a car with a decent-sized boot, check out the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.
With an impressive 455-litre boot, which expands to 1,540 litres when you fold down the rear seats, the Mercedes-Benz B Class can fit almost everything from buggies to heavy furniture. All models come with 60:40 split rear seats while the optional Easy Vario Plus Package adds a height-adjustable boot floor and a ski hatch for hiding valuables away.
When it comes to boot space and a practical interior, no other family hatchback can match the Skoda Octavia.
The Octavia’s huge 600-litre boot offers all the space you need and can be expanded to 1,700)litres if you fold the rear seats. The Octavia also boasts several clever features to make life easier, including shopping bag hooks, a 12-volt power supply and bright boot lights for easy loading and unloading shopping during dark nights.
With its versatile and practical interior, the Volkswagen Sharan stands out in the crowded seven-seat market thanks to its impressive flexibility and low running costs.
With all seven seats in place, the Sharan boasts a 300-litre boot which is pretty good for an MPV. If this is not enough, you can fold all the seats down to open up a massive 2,297 litres for those one-off trips to the hardware or furniture store.
The Kia Sorento is an impressive, spacious and luxurious seven-seater with a great range of engines.
The Kia Sorento is a large and spacious seven-seater SUV that doesn’t compromise on boot size. There's a huge 821 litres of boot space when the rearmost row of seats is stowed, extending to around 2,000 litres with all seats folded. The first two rows in the Sorento also offer plenty of headroom and legroom for adults and all models with four-wheel drive and plenty of tech for the price as standard.
Finally, with its chunky styling, impressive interior space and decent sized boot, the Mercedes-Benz GLE remains a popular lease choice with growing families.
The GLE’s square and angular 690-litre boot size with the third row of seats folded down into the boot floor offers enough space for your shopping bags and luggage for family trips with all seats in place. The low load lip and handy shopping bag hooks make it easy to load large items and stop items from rolling about in the boot.
Thinking of leasing your next family car? Call Nationwide Vehicle Contracts today on 0345 811 9595 to speak to one of our experienced sales advisers and to discuss the options available to you.