If you’ve got several kids, chances are your car is always bursting at the seams with friends, toys, luggage, bulky musical instruments, dogs, flat-pack furniture…Consequently, many so-called family cars aren’t fully up to the job of carting around the tonnes of paraphernalia most families accumulate, with swoopy styling cutting down on boot space.
However, we’ve rounded up a number of family cars that have some of the biggest boots in the business, which should be able to swallow all the people and luggage that you could ever throw at them – without breaking the bank.
Ford Galaxy – Comfortable people carrier with gargantuan boot
The Galaxy is an immensely popular car with taxi firms and the reason for this is simple; this seven-seater is not only comfortable and serves up a generous amount of space, but it also offers strong value.
With the rear seats folded down boot space rivals all but the most cavernous of vans – with up to 2,325 litres to play with – though the driving experience and comfort levels are just as good as your average hatchback.
Galaxy buyers additionally have a choice of several strong but frugal diesel engines, which return up to 54.3mpg, while purchase prices start at just above £25,000.
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Land Rover Discovery – 4×4 with mammoth load capacity
If you’re after a bit more style – and off-road ability – the Land Rover Discovery should fit the bill. The Discovery is big on the outside and equally large inside. Seven passengers can fit comfortably and the boot is huge, provided the rearmost two seats aren’t in use.
Fold the two rear rows of seats down and the resultant 2,558 litres of space should be enough for whatever combination of double basses, surfboards, bikes, golf clubs and suitcases that you plan to load into the car.
Prices are high, though, starting at just over £41,500. However, the Discovery is one of the largest and most accomplished off-roaders on the market.
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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso – Stylish seven-seater MPV
The Grand C4 Picasso isn’t the biggest people carrier in the business, but it is one of the most practical with seven usable seats and a long list of standard equipment. Prices are also competitive, starting safely under £20,000.
The Grand C4 Picasso should also prove cheap to run at the pumps, with fuel economy of up to 74.3mpg. Boot space stands at 2,181 litres if you fold the rear two rows of seats down, meaning there’s plenty of room, whatever activities you and your family are into.
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Renault Grand Scenic – Well-equipped people carrier
The Grand Scenic is a similar size to the Grand C4 Picasso and offers an even more healthy range of equipment, including eight airbags, automatic lights and wipers and sat nav across all models.
Boot space is equally generous, with up to 2,063 litres on offer with the rear rows of seats folded down. The Grand Scenic is also usefully economical at the pumps with claimed fuel economy of up to 68.9mpg for the diesels, with all but the entry-level diesel recording more than 60mpg.
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Fiat Doblo – Maximum luggage space
When it comes to load space, vans do it best and that’s where the Fiat Doblo comes in. This machine may have its origins as a commercial vehicle, but the Doblo offers five seats and the option of two more in the boot.
However, where it stands out from even van-derived rivals is with the boot space it offers. With five seats in place this vehicle offers up a whopping 790 litres of space, but fold the rear seats down and you have an enormous 3,200 litres of space to play with. Despite all this room, the Doblo is the smallest car in our lineup by a good 20cm.
Other van-based cars include the Citroen Berlingo Multispace, which offers up to 3,000 litres of space and the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect, which boasts a total of 2,620 litres of room. Opt for one of these and should never have to worry about running out of space on family trips.
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