Everyone looks for something different when it comes to choosing their next car. Some care about exterior looks, others about engine performance but when it comes to choosing a family car, space and practicality is usually top of the list.
Whether you intend to carry large items like buggies, strollers and sport equipment or just need a car with enough space to carry the weekly family shopping, boot carrying capacity is a key consideration. But which are the best family cars when it comes to boot space?
To help make choosing your next family car a little easier, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts has put together a list of ten of our favourite family cars with a great boot, based on load capacity, practicality and ease of use.
First on our list is the seven-seat SEAT Alhambra MPV. Combining style, space and practicality, the SEAT Alhambra is three time winner of MPV of the Year award by AutoExpress and one of the most practical cars in its class.
With a boot size of 267 litres when all seven seats are up and 1,167 litres when the rear seats are folded, the SEAT Alhambra boasts enough space for your supermarket shop as well as your baby’s pushchair, making it a popular lease choice for families with younger children. Thanks to its wide opening, flat floor and low load lip, the Alhambra’s useful boot also makes loading and unloading easier than ever before.
The practical Citroen Grand C4 Picasso remains 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 Picasso has a boot size of 165 litres but slide the second row of seats forward and fold the rear seats and this expands to 793 litres, enough for carrying the children’s sport equipment and a fold-away buggy. All Grand C4 Picassos 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 451 litres with all the seats up and 1,102 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 295 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 bootlid, loading big objects such as prams and sports equipment is easier than ever before.
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 488 litre boot, which expands to 1,547 litres when you fold down the rear seats, the Mercedes-Benz B Class can fit almost everything from buggies to heavy furniture. All models comes with 60:40 split rear seats while the optional Easy Vario Plus Package adds a height-adjustable boot floor and 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 590 litre boot offers all the space you need and can be expanded to 1,589 litres if you fold the rear seats. The Octavia also boasts a number of 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 in the 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 375-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 Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is an impressive, spacious and luxurious seven-seater with a great range of engines.
With the third-row seats in place, Vauxhall Zafira Tourer 152 litre boot may not be as big as other seven-seat rivals but still boasts enough space for a slim-folding buggy and a few bags of supermarket shopping. Fold down the third-row seats however and the boot expands to a very generous at 710 litres, making it the ideal family car for those who only plan to use the third-row seats occasionally.
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 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 stops 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.