The 19 cars with the biggest boots - our unique test reveals the real answer

What Car?'s unique way of measuring boot space reveals the cars that really have the biggest cargo areas...

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What Car? team
25 December 2018

Nissan Leaf boot

12= Lexus RX L - 9 suitcases

New Lexus RX L & Volkswagen Touareg vs Audi Q7

The original Lexus RX was ahead of its time when it launched in 2005 as it was about the only hybrid luxury SUV around (there are plenty more these days). It was hampered by its lack of a seven-seat option, but the RX L rectified that by adding a third and final row, making it extra practical, while the boot can squeeze in nine suitcases.

Read our full Lexus RX L review, or find a great deal

12= Mercedes-Benz E-Class - 9 suitcases

Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class 16-present

Stiff competition in the executive car class guarantees a high standard, and the Mercedes E-Class is up there with the best. It’s far from short on space and, as with it’s rival, the Audi A6, our testers fitted nine suitcases in the boots of both the E-Class saloon and the estate, which gives them the edge over the rest of the competition.

New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross vs Nissan Qashqai vs Skoda Karoq

The Skoda is the smallest SUV on our list, sitting the family SUV class, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t practical. The boot is very well laid out and includes a smaller storage area below the main luggage section for storing delicate items. Even without that, it’s still possible to fit nine suitcases inside, which is seriously impressive for a compact model.

Read our full Skoda Karoq review, or find a great deal

12= Skoda Kodiaq - 9 suitcases

Skoda Kodiaq

If the Karoq isn’t quite big enough the Skoda Kodiaq is the logical next choice. It’s the manufacturer’s largest SUV and has seven seats for maximum practicality. While it’s bigger than the Karoq in every way, our test team squeezed in the same nine suitcases during their assessment, which is still not to be sniffed at.  

5= Audi Q7 - 10 suitcases

Audi Q7 vs Lexus RX 450h

Conversely to the Tesla, the Audi Q7 is exactly the type of car you’d expect on a biggest boots list – a gigantic, luxury, seven-seat SUV. The Q7 can accommodate 10 suitcases in its massive boot, and it’s as comfortable and well built as you’d expect a premium 4x4 to be. It doesn’t come cheap, though.

Read our full Audi Q7 review, or find a great deal

5= Hyundai Santa Fe - 10 suitcases

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai’s is Santa Fe is one of the better value seven-seat SUVs on our list and it’s immensely practical. Our testers squeezed 10 suitcases into its boot, while the flexible cabin allows you to split the central seats in a handy 40/20/40 configuration. There’s plenty of room for front seat passengers as well.     

Read our full Hyundai Sante Fe review, or find a great deal

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