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Beth Twigg

Beth Twigg

Beth is a Digital Copywriter in the Carparison marketing team, tasked with creating great articles to keep you both entertained and informed. She has two years previous experience, but has been writing and scribbling for much longer.

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Which estate cars have the biggest - and the best - boots?

The humble estate makes for a fantastic family car. Spacious, practical, and good-looking, it ticks all the boxes.

But with so much choice on the market, which estate fares the best when it comes to the size of its boot?

Luckily for you, we've taken the hard work out of making the right choice and pitted together some of our favourite estates with big boots, comparing size and practicality.

With options that range from affordable to luxe, and a monthly estate car lease taking all the hassle out of driving a new vehicle, all that's left is to find which agreement fills your boots.

volkswagen golf estate

1. Volkswagen Golf Estate

If you're after huge amounts of space for smaller amounts of money, the Volkswagen Golf Estate is an excellent contender.

With a hefty 611L of boot space (stretching to 1620L with the seats down), you've got more than enough room for a buggy or the weekly shop. You could probably fit a whole month's worth of shopping in if you were prepared to play shopping bag Tetris.

If you fancy taking your VW Golf Estate to visit a golf estate, it'll even fit two sets of golf clubs in with ease. The only thing you'll have to worry about is which pair of socks to show off as you step out of the VW's spacious interior. 

There's plenty of space in the cabin for a growing family, and your tall friends will fit on the back seats with ease if you feel like taking them golfing too. Though they will have to play 'rock, paper, scissors' to decide which one has to sit in the middle and contend with the raised section at their feet.

But with a 10-inch infotainment system complete with built-in sat-nav and smartphone integration, you'll be able to keep everyone entertained with in-car karaoke, and no chance of getting lost.

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mercedes-benz e class estate

2. Mercedes-Benz E Class Estate

The big name in big luxury, the Mercedes-Benz E Class Estate set the bar a long time ago when it comes to spacious, classy, mammoth vehicles. 

The interior is finished with high-quality, plush materials including wood, leather, and soft plastics. There's plenty of space in the front for you and a passenger to enjoy life without clashing elbows, and tall people will find themselves with plenty of space to luxuriate in the back.

The 640L boot stretches to a phenomenal 1820L with the seats folded down. And with the buttons to control the 40/20/40 split located just inside the tailgate opening and rear doors of the E Class Estate, big shopping trips and family holidays will never be stressful again.

The seats folded down give you two metres of floor space. That's enough - and we've done the maths - to fit many of the flat pack boxes Ikea furniture comes in. This includes the infamous Kallax unit, a Hemnes bed frame, and even the behemoth Besta TV unit. 

Though if you've got your eye on a Billy bookcase you'll have more of a struggle - the 205cm length is just a little on the wrong side of the two-metre stretch. 

Mercedes have included some nifty touches to make life easier too; the well under the floor has a useful foldable crate to store your shopping in, and there are foldable hooks dotted around the boot to hang your bags from. 

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skoda superb estate

3. Skoda Superb

The Skoda Superb. A car that wouldn't look out of place at NASA's headquarters.

It's a behemoth of a vehicle.

The boot - 600L with the seats up, 1950L with the seats down - needs its own sat-nav. Opening the boot is akin to opening the wardrobe door to Narnia. The cavernous space is one of the best on the market, and the well-built Skoda comes in at an affordable cost, especially if you plump for a monthly lease. Family life will never be the same again.

Need a new washing machine? Not a problem.

Need a new fridge? Get two!

Need to take your entire extended family on holiday? With space for 11 carry-on suitcases, there'll be no arguments over who gets to take what.

The cabin is finished to a high standard, with a plush mix of materials and clever storage dotted around. Skoda has even made space for an umbrella to live in each front door, so you'll never be caught short in the rain again. 

If you need space, space, and - wait for it - more space, you'd be hard pushed to find a better estate for your money than the Skoda Superb.

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bmw 5 series touring

4. BMW 5 Series Touring

If you love the 5 Series Saloon but you've always thought it could do with a smidge more space, then the 5 Series Touring was made for you.

There's no compromising on luxury feel or driving quality, but the addition of the 560L boot is a welcome one. Plenty of space for the family dog - he'll feel like he's luxuriating in the best five-star doggy hotel - or the weekly shop, or even a harp. It can fit 8 carry-on suitcases too, making the holiday Jenga a thing of the past.

We've all been there, seeing who'll knock over the Leaning Tower of Luggage first. 

Fold the rear seats down - there's a handy electric release button just inside the tailgate opening, and the seats fold in a 40/20/40 split - and you're treated to a respectable 1700L of space.

The seats fold nice and flush too, so you've got a long, flat space to play with. Trip to B&Q will be a breeze, and bulky items will fit nicely in through the wide opening. BMW has added some handy features - like the ability to access the boot by popping open the rear window. Handy, if you find yourself a little too close to a wall with bags in hand. 

With plenty of room for five adults in the cabin, plus all their odds and ends thanks to a generous helping of interior storage, the BMW 5 Series Touring ticks all the boxes when it comes to copious amounts of space with copious amounts of premium quality.

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volvo v60

5. Volvo V60

One of the safest estate cars on the market, the Volvo V60 clocks in with the second biggest boot on the list.

At a sizeable 648L, you'll be able to fit at least eight carry-on suitcases with absolute ease. What's more, unlike most of its rivals, the Volvo V60 doesn't compromise on boot space when it comes to the plug-in hybrid version - making it an attractive prospect for company car owners, as a PHEV vehicle attracts much lower rates of business-in-kind tax.

It makes for an excellent family car - the weekly shop will fit nicely into the wide boot, and there's plenty of space for the mountains of stuff children need on a day-to-day basis, including a buggy, toys, and a hefty rucksack or two.

The interior is traditionally Volvo good - the materials and build quality are fantastic, the 9-inch infotainment system is crisp and easy to use, and there's a good array of cabin storage for all your bits and bobs. The interior is spacious and, with plenty of space in the front, there's no danger of having to battle elbows. 

Though you might run into some issues if you try and pack three burly rugby players onto the back seats. 

And while the V60 - though a good size estate - is not as big as its sibling the Volvo V90, its smaller stature makes it as practical and comfortable nipping round town on an errand run as it is sprinting down the motorway on long weekend jaunts.

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Seen an estate that grabs your eye? Get in touch with one of our leasing experts - they'll happily answer any of your questions.