Estate cars with the biggest boots

Need a big boot but don't fancy spending a fortune on a new car? These estate cars won’t break the bank with top value PCP finance deals

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Jul 14, 2020

Estate cars are the workhorses of the road. From taking garden rubbish to the tip, to hauling flat-pack furniture home from IKEA, a good estate car should swallow everything you throw at it, while leaving space for you and your family to travel in comfort.

Once upon a time, a boxy old Volvo was the load-lugger of choice, offering enough space for a grandfather clock, a piano, two Labradors and a pair of green wellies. Often all at the same time. However, now there are many more estate car options with equally massive boots attached to comfortable, easy-to-drive machines.

Today, Volvo no longer rules the roost when it comes to cavernous estates. Here, we reveal some of the biggest estate cars that offer class-leading space when the rear seats are folded down. There are estates of all shapes and sizes, with prices to suit all budgets, so whatever you have to spend - or whatever you plan to fit in the back - there should be a car to suit.

Whether you’re buying a car outright or taking advantage of PCP finance deals, BuyaCar can get an estate car delivered straight to your door. All you have to do is work out what to fill the boot with. Keep reading for our roundup of the best big-booted estate cars.

Estate cars with the biggest boots

1. Skoda Superb Estate

Our pick Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 SE L
Used deals from £9,000
Monthly finance from £171

Next up is the undisputed estate car king of space and practicality - catering equally well for passengers and luggage alike. Even the massive Mercedes E-Class Estate can’t match the Skoda Superb for outright practicality. This thing is so vast, you’ll need a map to find your way around it and binoculars to see your children from the front seats.

With the rear seats folded down, you’ve got nearly 2,000 litres of space at your disposal - little wonder these things are used as Tour de France cycling support vehicles - you could practically ride a bike straight in there.

Unlike the hatchback, the estate is offered with an optional panoramic sunroof, while top-spec models get a retractable load cover that automatically opens with the hatchback. A useful variable height boot floor is an option many Superb owners went for when new, giving you the choice between a useful under-floor storage area with easy loading of heavy items as there's no boot lip to lug things over or one huge, tall load area for particularly high items.

Skoda Superb Estate boot size
Seats up 660 litres
Seats down 1,950 litres

SKODA SUPERB ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Our pick Mercedes-Benz E 220d SE
Used deals from £14,448
Monthly finance from £221

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate has long been the estate car of choice at the upmarket end of the market. Fold the rear seats down and it’s possible to fit a two-metre-long box along the flat floor, with 1,820 litres of space on offer.

If ever a car could make a trip to a DIY store pleasurable, this is it. The electric tailgate opens to reveal a wide and tall opening, while the low lip makes lifting heavier items far easier than in some other estates - and especially compared with tall SUVs.

Opt for the E-Class All-Terrain - which offers four-wheel drive and taller suspension - and you’ll wonder why so many people are driving SUVs. The boot is the same size as the standard E-Class Estate, but thanks to the raised ground clearance and four-wheel-drive system, you can venture further off-road than you might think. Much further than many two-wheel drive SUVs could ever get, too.

Mercedes E-Class Estate boot size
Seats up 640 litres
Seats down 1,820 litres

MERCEDES E-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Volkswagen Passat Estate

Our pick Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI SE
Used deals from £8,495
Monthly finance from £161

The Volkswagen Passat Estate bridges the gap between mainstream estate cars and upmarket models that come with inflated price tags. The interior feels incredibly solid and as if it will last for centuries, but manages to be impressively luxurious, too.

Of more interest here is the cavernous boot, with the Passat’s load area extending to 1,780 litres with the rear seats folded down. Whether you're planning to cram in surf boards, all the gear for a long camping trip - though with the Passat, you could simply sleep in the boot - flat-pack wardrobes or fully-built wardrobes for that matter, the Passat should be able to cope.

The rear seats don’t quite fold completely flat, which limits ultimate practicality, but you’re unlikely to require more space, as there's no lip between the boot floor and the folded seat-backs. Some versions even come with self-levelling suspension, but it’s worth noting that, thanks to the four-wheel-drive system, the boot size is slightly smaller in the Alltrack version.

Volkswagen Passat Estate boot size
Seats up 650 litres
Seats down 1,780 litres

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Peugeot 308 SW

Our pick Peugeot 308 SW 1.2 PureTech 130 Active
Used deals from £5,894
Monthly finance from £117

What’s more important to you, maximum luggage capacity or the ultimate comfort of your rear seat passengers? If you’re after a big boot above everything, the Peugeot 308 SW makes a lot of sense, because with the rear seats up or down, it’s larger than the Skoda Octavia - which itself has a huge boot.

There’s a catch, though, because the space in the rear seats is less impressive, with not as much headroom or legroom as you might expect for a car of this size. It’s fine for children, but adults will not thank you for subjecting them to a long journey in the back of a 308 SW. Dogs in the boot, however, will thank you, as with the rear seats in place the boot is particularly large for a car of this size.

If you can live with the tight rear seats, the Peugeot 308 SW is worth considering. It looks good, is powered by a range of efficient engines, and offers an impressive level of equipment for the money.

Peugeot 308 SW boot size
Seats up 660 litres
Seats down 1,775 litres

PEUGEOT 308 SW BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Citroen Berlingo XL

Our pick Citroen Berlingo XL BlueHDi 130 Feel
Used deals from £13,495
Monthly finance from £214

This is something of a wildcard. Strictly speaking, the Citroen Berlingo XL is an MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) rather than an estate, but the lines between the various types of car are becoming increasingly blurred.

The fact is, you’re here because you’re after a car with a massive boot, and they don’t come much bigger than the Citroen Berlingo XL. By folding the rear seats down, the Berlingo XL offers a village hall-rivalling 4,000 litres of space, with a load length of more than three metres. There’s a perfectly flat floor, too, so sliding particularly heavy bits of furniture in is a doddle.

Even the slightly smaller non-XL Berlingo offers more space than most standard estate cars, while the cabin is loaded with useful storage solutions. To make the most of this space, you'll have to take advantage of the car's height and pile things on top of each other for maximum practicality.

Citroen Berlingo XL boot size
Seats up 1,050 litres
Seats down 4,000 litres

CITROEN BERLINGO BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Skoda Octavia Estate

Our pick Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI SE Drive
Used deals from £9,290
Monthly finance from £158

Although it shares the platform it's built on with the Volkswagen Golf, the Skoda Octavia has always been the first choice for drivers who demand a little more practicality. Even in hatchback form, the Octavia offers 590 litres of luggage capacity with the rear seats in place, but the estate version is the space hero.

With the seats up, there’s 610 litres of space, but fold them down and you’ve got access to a vast 1,740 litres of capacity. When folded, the seats sadly don't provide a perfectly flat floor, though the wide boot opening makes for easy loading.

If you find yourself needing to carry a single mattress, the Skoda Octavia has you covered. Keep the seats up and there’s enough room for a large pushchair, even with the load cover in place.

Skoda Octavia Estate boot size
Seats up 610 litres
Seats down 1,740 litres

SKODA OCTAVIA ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Dacia Logan MCV

Our pick Dacia Logan MCV TCe 90 Comfort
Used deals from £4,995
Monthly finance from £101

It’s not possible to buy a new estate for a lower price. When it first came out, a basic Dacia Logan MCV cost as little as £6,995 - though the price has risen to £8,495 upwards in 2020 - which is around half the price of the cheapest new Ford Fiesta. In truth, the basic version lacks essentials like air-conditioning and a radio - so if you're on a budget, you'll want to buy a used version for more kit - but if you want to move stuff on a budget, go used and the Dacia is almost as cost-effective as renting a van.

With the seats folded down, there’s enough room for a selection of large suitcases, or a mountain bike with wheels still on. Keep the seats in their upright position and there’s more than enough room for a family holiday.

Stepway versions offer a raised ride height and an off-road appearance, albeit without the benefit of four-wheel-drive, so if you want the best value option, stick with the standard version.

Dacia Logan MCV boot size
Seats up 573 litres
Seats down 1,518 litres

DACIA LOGAN MCV BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Skoda Fabia Estate

Our pick Skoda Fabia 1.0 TSI SE
Used deals from £6,000
Monthly finance from £120

Nobody does practical on a budget quite like Skoda. With the estate versions of the Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza no longer on sale, the Skoda Fabia estate has the load-lugging supermini market all to itself.

With the rear seats in the upright position, it offers 530 litres of load space, which is 200 litres more than the hatchback version. Fold the seats down and this extends to 1,395 litres, which is enough for a couple of mountain bikes. Despite this, the Fabia is still affordable and easy to drive - just like its hatchback sibling.

Like-for-like, the Fabia estate costs around £1,000 more than the hatchback, which is a small price to pay for the added space. Go used and the difference should be even smaller.

Skoda Fabia Estate boot size
Seats up 530 litres
Seats down 1,395 litres

SKODA FABIA BUYERS' GUIDE

 

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