We’ve taken popular micro, light and small hatchbacks and compared their backsides to see which has the biggest booty.
HOW BOOTS ARE MEASURED
Boot space unfortunately is not measured in dimensions; it’s either litres, or the cubic-foot measurement equivalent of a litre (VDA). This does not help if you need to fit a 2.0-metre-long Ikea flatpack or a couple of chairs, and also does not take into account a narrower space, wheel arches eating in to the cargo area, or how high one can stack one’s stuff. So when car-hunting, be aware of what you will be carrying, and have a tape measure handy to ensure the boot accommodates your needs.
Kia Picanto – 255 litres
The Picanto’s boot is a decent size for such a small car and has a wide opening. Only down side is the loading lip being well above average knee height meaning you’ll need to lift cargo high to clear it. The 60:40 split rear seatbacks fold down to increase cargo capacity, but don’t fold flush with the boot floor.
Mitsubishi Mirage – 235 litres
The Mirage’s boot holds 235 litres with the rear seatbacks upright, which is only a little less than the Suzuki Celerio and Kia Picanto, but bigger than the larger bigger Mazda2 light hatch (250 litres). The rear seat folds 60:40, but even so the stubby tail of the hatch doesn’t allow for big loads.
Fiat 500 – 135 litres
The Fiat 500’s rear seat folds 50:50, but even with both of them down you won’t be carrying a lot of suitcases. Storage space is what you’d expect from its minimal dimensions, and even large grocery shops will be a challenge.
Hyundai Accent – 370 litres
The boot on the Accent Sport Hatch is quite accommodating, with a fairly wide floor, although there is a large lip to load luggage over. Its 370-litre capacity matches many cars a size bigger. The 60:40 split-fold rear seat setup allows long items to extend into the main cabin.
Kia Rio – 325 litres
The Rio’s boot holds a lot of cargo room for a car of this size, and more than the previous Rio offered. Fold down the 60:40 split rear seats and cargo volume increases to 980 litres loaded to the roof.
Toyota Yaris – 286 litres
The Yaris’s boot capacity is a match for the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, and with the 60:40 rear seat backs folded down it carries up 768 litres.
Mazda 2 – 250-litres
The Mazda2’ boot aperture is smaller than those of some alternatives. The 60:40 rear backrests fold down to carry more but they don’t fold flat. If you like the Mazda2 but want to carry more, the sedan holds a decent 440 litres.
Suzuki Swift – 240 litres
The boot on the new Swift is bigger than on the car it replaces but is still on the small size for a light hatchback. The rear seats on the Swift fold 60:40, which adds flexibility for carrying long objects, but they do not fold flat with the boot floor.
Kia Cerato – 428 litres
With the 60/40 split-fold rear seats folded down, the Cerato hatchback can hold up to 741 litres, with the space long enough to take a bicycle.
Hyundai i30 – 395 litres
The i30’s boot is slightly larger than the previous model and while it’s good for a small hatchback it’s only 25-litres more than its smaller Accent sibling. The rear seats can be folded 60:40, and you can adjust the height of the boot floor. At its lower setting, capacity is maximised but there is a large step up to the rear of folded seatbacks. Raising the floor gives you a flatter extended-load space.
VW Golf – 380 litres
The Golf’s boot space rises to 1270-litres if you fold down the 60:40 rear split seats. There are hooks in the boot for tying down your load. The boot floor height can be adjusted, with the taller setting eases unloading, while the lower lets you get more stuff in. The Golf is one of the few small cars with a wagon version, which has a 605-litre boot that expands to 1620 litres with the seats down.
Mazda3 – 308 litres
The boot in the new Mazda 3 hatch is relatively small 295 litres, which is below average for a hatch and 13-litres smaller than the previous model. It’s helped by 60/40 split-folding seats and a broad tailgate opening.
Toyota Corolla – 217 litres
Opening the Corolla's lightweight plastic hatch reveals a tiny boot measuring just 217-litres in all but the ZR Hybrid. That’s 69-litres less boot space than the smaller Toyota Yaris! The ZR Hybrid’s boot holds 333-litres because it is equipped with a puncture repair kit that does away with the bulky spare wheel under the floor.
Other popular models
- Ford Focus – 273 litres
- Holden Astra – 360 litres
- Honda Civic – 414 litres
- Honda Jazz – 350 litres (up to 1492 litres with ‘Magic Seats’ folded)
- Subaru Impreza – 345 litres
- Volkswagen Polo – 351 litres
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