“I packed two large suitcases, one exclusively with bathing suits and one with everyday clothes!” – Anyone who travels with the (extended) family should be familiar with these or similar comments. What can help to finally put an end to the lack of space in the car? How about a vehicle with a particularly large trunk?
Endless space: who has the largest trunk?
A large luggage compartment can thwart the nightmares about a lack of space: real loading champions can be loaded with bags and packs and travel comfortably and spaciously to their destination. Clientele that knows that will be extra space for motorized transport of bulk purchases, or even pieces of furniture and knick-knacks relocations needed, is not to Van, Combi comes around and Co.
To give drivers, but of course, also those passengers who want to sit appropriately in the rear, a helpful overview of cars with a large – and we mean really large – trunk, we have put together the 10 best cars with a considerable load volume: from practical vans to beefy ones Everything from SUVs to chic station wagons is included. The decisive factor here is the volume up to the standing second bench.
Whether with a high or low loading sill, with gimmicks such as a luggage compartment cover or something similar, there is something for every taste and budget. So: don’t chew for longer, pack your suitcase!
Opel Zafira Life
Oops, you still know the Zafira as a cute compact van? Those times have passed since 2019. At the desks at Opel it was decided to turn the Zafira into a thoroughbred van and lo and behold – it is bursting with space! You could almost say he’s walking a tightrope between being a van and being a minibus. The new boxy look shouldn’t be for everyone, however.
The car is available in three different lengths: S, M, and L. If the S model with its 4.6 meters length is still reasonably suitable for city use, the Zafira L will have a harder time finding a suitable parking space. But what they all have in common: a huge trunk of up to 1,365 liters, provided five seats are in use.
- 1,356 liters trunk volume
- Rear sliding doors from the smallest equipment
- Low loading height
- The seats can be removed individually
Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender – a true legend. The legendary name has existed on the automotive market since 1948, and the legend has survived for almost eight decades to date. The long-running model, whose model life has survived several historical incidents, was reissued in 2020 after a four-year break and returns in the old legendary manner and a modern attitude. But legend or not: what counts are the inner values, as the saying goes.
In the five-door version called Defender 110, the off-road vehicle holds 972 liters of luggage up to the second row of seats – respect! There is even more respect for the bold step of offering the Defender as a plug-in hybrid. Although the trunk volume shrinks to 853 liters, this is manageable given the falling fuel consumption and the lower number of pollutants.
- 972 liters trunk volume
- A legend with prices that seem legendary
- Practical swing door to the trunk
- Numerous equipment gadgets optionally available
Tesla Model Y
By a hair or better: Model Y from Tesla falls short of second place in the ranking by a liter. It almost seems as if Land Rover purposely scraped the one liter more out of its trunk to relegate the American SUV to the space behind it. In practice, of course, this one liter hardly plays a role, unless you want to transport exactly 972 liters of water in a flexible bag behind the second row of seats – then customers would have to resort to the Land Rover Defender, but this scenario is extremely unlikely.
But it only becomes decadent when the rear row of seats in the Tesla Model Y is folded down – because then an incredible 2,158 liters of luggage fit into the electric SUV. Care is required, however, because the number only comes about because there is a yawning emptiness under the bonnet, under which one would expect the unit: This is a so-called Frunk, in which additional luggage can of course be stored.
- 971 liters trunk volume
- Additional storage space under the bonnet
- Excellent electric range of up to 507 kilometers
- Modern safety assistants and up-to-date infotainment
“Family-friendly sports van” – this is the headline for Ford on its website. And you can safely leave it that way. The spacious car has been enriching the streets and the product portfolio of the American group since 2006. In the current model version, the S-Max offers space for 965 liters of luggage withstanding rear seats, which means a third place in the ranking.
And because electric is the trend, Ford has also given its S-Max a full hybrid version: the Ford S-Max Hybrid. This not only accommodates the child and the cone but also ensures more environmentally friendly driving, albeit with a little less trunk space than the non-hybrids. With all the comfort and connectivity, the price is likely to be a shortcoming for many, because the S-Max starts with an impressive 31,406 euros, the hybrid starts at 35,331 euros.
- 965 liters trunk volume
- Sliding back seat
- Limousine feeling packed in a large van
- Good multimedia equipment and connectivity
A VW Touran, just bigger? This is the VW Sharan. With the launch of the Touran in 2003, Volkswagen gradually snatched away its market share, as it sold better than the Sharan, which had been built since 1995. Nevertheless, the well-made Sharan enjoys a solid fan base as a genuine large-capacity van. Without the optional third row of seats, the Sharan swallows 885 liters of luggage – almost garage-like dimensions (to put it a bit exaggerated).
Pilots, co-pilots, and passengers in the rear can stretch out their limbs and enjoy the ample space available. Volkswagen offers a lot of add-ons, albeit at extra cost: numerous assistance systems and additional interesting gimmicks such as a partition grille or organizer for the luggage compartment. Fans of a sliding door at the rear will also make the right choice with the Sharan. However, it is not exactly cheap – it is available (with savings) from 36,587 euros. That’s Sharan sense!
- 885 liters trunk volume
- Good compromise between Touran and VW T6
- Durable and modern engines
- Timeless Volkswagen design
It was foreseeable that an SUV would soon also fill the list. Sports utility vehicles are currently meeting the ravages of time and are selling like hotcakes. Lots of space, an elevated seating position, and a distinctive and steadfast demeanor – that is what SUVs and of course the Audi Q7 offers. Like a galley, the Q7 drifts along in urban and rural traffic, but it sends out visual exclamation marks into the world: angular headlights, the Audi-typical radiator grille …
But its real talent is slumbering under the sheet metal: the Q7 is a real loadmaster and can handle five passengers as well as 865 liters of luggage inside. If you want to bring some racing feeling into your everyday life in addition to the generous amount of space, Audi allows you to live out your racing genes with the SQ7. However, heavy luggage can be loaded in a less back-friendly manner: in typical SUVs, the loading height poses a hurdle. After all, there is no loading sill!
- 865 liters trunk volume
- Prices that are not suitable for the small budget
- Infotainment and connectivity at the highest level
- Modern SUV concept paired with van interior dimensions
Opel Combo Life
Opel infiltrates the list of the best cars with a large boot and sends another charging champ into the race with the Opel Combo Life. Not quite as big as the Zafira Life, but the Combo Life still has an airy feeling of space and a trunk as far as the eye can see.
A clever room concept is hidden inside, removable seats in the back row are included. The Combo Life is also optionally available in a larger size: In the Combo Life XL version, it stretches from an already long 4.4 meters to an impressive 4.75 meters in length. Of course, this is also noticeable in the trunk – while the standard combo takes 597 liters of luggage, the XL can handle an impressive 850 liters. It should be noted, however, that these values were only measured up to the upper edge of the rear seats. Does Opel want to withhold a statistically larger trunk value from us? That’s not bad, Opel!
- 850 liters trunk volume
- Comparatively cheap, available from 18,756 euros
- Cheap-looking plastic in the interior
- Very variable, sliding doors at the back
Is that a coincidence? In the XL length version, 850 liters of luggage can be stowed in the rear of the Citroen Berlingo … Just as much as the Opel Combo Life! In the end, this is unfortunately not a real surprise, because Berlingo and Combo come from the same pot and have their roots in the Stellantis Group. Equally unsurprising is the fact that the Berlingo, as a typical high-roof station wagon, has an enormous capacity – especially if the rear seats are missing. These are namely removable! In this case, there is a full 2,693 liters of space in the van for bags, suitcases, and boxes.
Anyone who can live with less luggage space, but still feels like a Citroen Berlingo, is cordially invited by the French car brand to spend their money on the smaller version, the Citroen Berlingo in the M length variant. Of course, less money also means less storage space: 551 liters of luggage fit in the smaller Berlingo, 2.126 liters if the rear seats have been removed.
- 850 liters of luggage space in the Berlingo XL
- Removable seats
- Robust materials
- Economical engines
Some of them may already cry out: “Where are the Skodas of this world in this comparison?” The Skoda Kodiaq can do these people enough because its huge trunk secures it a place in this list.
Why animal? The name of the SUV from the Czech car manufacturer comes from the Kodiak bear, which mainly drives mischief on the south coast of Alaska. So now the muscle man has made it to Europe and hums on the German streets carefree and comfortably. When it comes to the trunk dimensions, the Czechs have probably copied something from the capacity of the bear’s stomach: the bear manages 40 kilograms of food per day, the SUV 835 liters per trip if the back seat is not folded down. This allows up to 5 people with their luggage to travel appropriately and comfortably.
- 835 liters trunk volume
- Cheaper alternative to the VW Tiguan
- Modern and suitable technology from the VW Group
- Equipment-related assistance systems
Skoda Superb Combi
Now we’ve got a taste for it: Another Skoda, but this time as a station wagon and suitable for narrower donor pants. As a competitor to the VW Passat Variant, the Skoda Superb Combi from the same company comes to the fore. The developers have hidden many practical gimmicks and handles in the model, including an umbrella in the door panel and an ice scraper in the fuel filler cap – nifty!
Just as ingenious as the generous trunk volume of 660 liters, provided all seats are in use. Compared to the Superb as a limousine, the surcharge for the Combi is quite justified, after all, you get 35 liters more trunk space when the seats are up. A whole suitcase can fit into the luggage compartment. Good trunk values and exemplary consumption values are by the way not exclusion criteria at Skoda: With the Skoda Superb Combi iV, the plug-in hybrid, you can travel up to 60 kilometers purely electrically, but with a marginally smaller trunk.
- 660 liters trunk volume
- Chic exterior
- VW technology at a lower price
- Good workmanship
VW Passat Variant
After the Sharan, there is now also the Passat Variant: Another car from VW, now a station wagon, joins the list of spacious family cars. Rightly so, because the Passat Variant has a lot to offer: a variable loading floor, lots of accessories, and reliable VW technology. So if you don’t like the Škoda Superb Combi as an alternative decision that is too simple, you should be happy with the VW Kombi.
In any case, he has enough space, only tall passengers: inside in the rear, you should feel disturbed by the coupé-like sloping roofline. Despite the shape of the roof, the trunk is huge, because, with a capacity of 650 liters with standing rear seats, it offers plenty of space for all kinds of luggage. A hybrid is also available for this model, and this is also reflected in a shrinking trunk.
- 650 liters trunk volume
- Long list of accessories with practical helpers
- Available from EUR 28,634
- High-quality materials
Mercedes-Benz E-Class T-Model
Finally, a station wagon: Raise the curtain for the Mercedes E-Class T-Model! Well-known, elegant, and agile, the car drives up and does credit to the star on its bonnet. Luxurious equipment items can be ordered as a station wagon for the E-Class. Mercedes has also thought of green fingers and has given the car for environmentally conscious drivers: electric motors that support the interior – moving with the times is the motto here.
Despite all the chic, the German carmaker has also remembered the cardinal virtues of a station wagon: namely, tons of trunk. Because the T in the T model (which, by the way, stands for tourism and transport) provides a 640-liter loading compartment. But no more fun: The price may drop the jaws of some – around 50,000 euros are due for the basic equipment of the E-Class T-model.
- 650 liters trunk volume
- High-quality materials
- Many motors are available
- State-of-the-art technology included
Hyundai Ioniq 5
To round off this boot guide, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 visits us. The South Korean automaker’s electric vehicle has become a real box-office hit – and there are several reasons for this: On the one hand, the Ioniq 5 is only sold with electric drive variants, which was a very powerful argument in the era of the electric motor. In addition, Hyundai offers a sensational 8-year guarantee for its Ioniq 5, here other manufacturers can learn a thing or two about it.
Not to be forgotten at this point is, of course, the practical use: The car offers enough space for the family and also has a large trunk – 551 liters of capacity are waiting to be filled with luggage and all kinds of goods. Storage fans should also be told that with the rear seats folded down, even 1,611 liters fit into the trunk of the Ioniq 5. The practical use of the Korean electric vehicle should therefore be more than clear.
- 511 liters trunk volume
- Only available as an electric car
- 8-year guarantee on the battery
- Affordable price
Nice to know: How is the trunk volume determined?
At this point, many may wonder how the liters get into the trunk in the first place. The automakers would of course do a hell of a lot and by no means dump water into the luggage compartment. To determine the trunk volume, standardized foam blocks measuring 200 x 100 x 50 millimeters are used. Larger cuboids with more volume are also permitted to accelerate “gauging”. Whether the trunk is practical depends not only on the size but also on the shape, because a trunk hose with a volume of 500 liters is probably just as impractical as a “trunk”. Therefore: keep your eyes open when choosing a trunk!