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Beth Twigg

Beth Twigg

Beth is our Content and Paid Media Specialist, 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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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 lease deal fills your boots.

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

1. Volkswagen Golf Estate

  • 611 litres with seats
  • 1620 litres with rear seats down

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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2. Mercedes-Benz E Class Estate

  • 640 litres with seats
  • 1820 litres with rear seats down

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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3. SKODA Superb

  • 660 litres with seats
  • 1950 litres with seats down

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 - 660L 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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4. BMW 5 Series Touring

  • 560 litres with seats
  • 1700 litres with rear seats down

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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5. Volksagen Passat

  • 650 litres with seats
  • 1760 litres with rear seats down

With more space than ever, the Volkswagen Passat Estate is a compelling option for your next lease.

With 650 litres of boot space to play with and 1,760 with the seats down, there’s nothing better than packing the car up for your family holiday and not needing to worry about whether your suitcases, backpacks and gear will all fit in.

Or if you’ve got more belongings than you do people, this estate’s rear seats can split in a 40/20/40 configuration, so you can drop all the seats, or you also have the flexibility to pop one seat down and still carry a longer load with people sat beside it.

Plus, there will be no clashing your elbows with the person sat next to you, both the front and rear are generous with head and leg room, meaning you can stretch out as much as you like.

And what’s more, the Volkswagen Passat is not a bad place to spend time in either. It’s well equipped, crammed with an array of technology and safety features to make every drive entertaining and easy.

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6. SKODA Octavia

  • 640 litres with seats
  • 1700 litres with rear seats down

You can relax knowing there’s enough space for everyone and everything in the SKODA Octavia Estate.

The boot has 640 litres of space to play with, but if you want more than that, capacity increases to 1,700 litres if you put the seats down. The boot also comes with bag hooks and some side compartments to stop your belongings from moving around when you’re driving.

Storage is excellent around the cabin with big door bins, space under the arm rest and a decent sized glove box that is cooled by air-con – perfect if you’re bringing a stash of food for the journey and want to keep it fresh.

There’s lots of space both upfront and in the back. The front seats also have pockets on the backs, perfect for storing books, maps or magazines and keeping the cabin as tidy as possible. There’s even a smartphone pocket for keeping your passengers’ mobile safe and sound.

It’s also packed with a generous amount of equipment as standard, allowing you to travel in absolute comfort and style. But if you’d like something a little extra like parking sensors or a rear-view camera, you’ll need to opt for one of the higher trim levels.

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7. Peugeot 308 SW

  • 608 litres with seats
  • 1634 litres with rear seats down

If you’d like an estate that not only has a big boot, but impressive performance too, then the Peugeot 308 SW deserves a place on your shopping list.

Boot volume can reach up to 1,634 litres when you have the seats down, and depending on which engine you go for; there are petrol, diesel, hybrid and pure electric powertrains to choose from.

The 308 SW brings more boot space than its hatchback alternative, offering 608 litres which is around 200 litres more. But if you go for the hybrid, this reduces to 548 litres which is still ideal for a family car.

There’s also lots of room for your passengers to appreciate.

In terms of performance, you can enjoy instant acceleration and the throttle is light and responsive which makes it feel rather punchy, perfect for a speedy overtake.

You can also opt for a boot mat or tray from Peugeot’s accessories range if you’d like to keep the boot clean – perfect for storing your muddy wellies and wet dog after a long walk.

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8. Ford Focus Estate

  • 575 litres with seats
  • 1620 litres with rear seats down

Whether you’re off on a long road trip or tootling downtown you can have complete faith in the Ford Focus Estate.

One of the best estate cars around, the Ford Focus Estate has enough space for even your 6ft 5” friends. With plenty of head and leg room both in the front and in the back – the wide cabin allows all passengers to stretch out.

There’s a little less headroom if you opt for a panoramic sunroof, something to bear in mind if you’d like a sky view.

The boot offers 575 litres of carrying capacity which isn’t class-leading by any means, but it’s enough to fit in few large suitcases, a buggy or your golf clubs.

If you’d like more space, you can lay the rear seats completely flat for 1620 litres and split them in a 60:40 configuration for flexibility. There are also a few storage options sprinkled around the cabin, including door bins, drink holders and trays.

For practicality, the boot floor can be separated into two to prevent your belongings from moving about when driving.

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9. Audi A6 Avant

  • 565 litres with seats
  • 1680 litres with the seats down

If you’re after style, comfort and performance, the Audi A6 Avant is a serious contender, and its big boot isn’t so bad either.

It can comfortably fit five people, though the middle rear-seat passenger loses out on foot space due to a bulky floor hump.

It can muster 565 litres of carrying capacity, this increases to 1680 litres with the seats down.

The boot has buttons just inside the tailgate which allow you to fold down the rear seats without having to do it manually – a real time saver! The seats can also fold in a 40:20:40 configuration for a bit of flexibility.

It comes with some practical features too, there are four lashing points and rails so you can secure them where you want them. Plus, there’s a strap, a net and a couple of hooks to keep things from sliding around when you’re driving.

If you like extra levels of comfort, the Audi A6 Avant comes with an electric tailgate and luggage cover, a deluxe, two zone electronic climate control and heated front seats with memory function for the driver.

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10. Toyota Corolla Touring Sport

  • Up to 596 litres with seats

You can never have too much space, and the versatile Toyota Corolla Touring Sport has a very spacious interior and flexible loading bay.

The cabin has enough space for all your passengers to sit comfortably and there isn’t a huge hump down the middle of the cabin, meaning the middle rear-seat passenger has enough room to place their feet in front of them.

Depending on the engine you opt for, you can have 596 litres of boot capacity in the 1.8 litre engine model, this lowers to 581 litres if you opt for the 2.0 litre engine.

Toyota haven’t revealed the maximum boot capacity with the seats down but, the second row of seats can drop in a 60:40 split, so not as much flexibility as some of the other options on this list, but it should still be able to accommodate your needs.

In terms of storage, there are door bins that you can store your clobber in, a large glovebox, a few cubbies and cup holders around the cabin too.

Not just a practical family estate car, it looks decent too. The newly designed front grille, alloy wheels, LED headlights and rear combi lights give the Corolla Touring Sport a confident presence on the road.

It also has a pretty decent fuel economy – capable of 64.1 mpg – so you’ll not only travel in style, but you’ll save a few pennies along the way too.

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