How much boot space does your medium SUV have?

In the market for a medium SUV? Get the rundown on how much space is in the boot of Australia's best sellers.

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How much junk can you fit in the trunk of your medium SUV?

Size matters in this segment, so we’ve pitted the boots of the top 10 medium SUVs under $60,000 against each other on paper.

Some of these models will be updated or replaced by an all-new car soon, but data for the current 2021 models has been used to replicate what you can actually buy at the time of publish.

We’ve used VDA figures as much as possible, but some manufacturers use other forms of cargo measurement.

The VDA standard measures the seats up boot capacity to the top of the second row seatback, and the seats-down to the roofline of the car.

All models selected are five-seat variants, and prices are before on-road costs.

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Toyota RAV4

All 2021 Toyota RAV4 models except the entry-level GX feature an adjustable boot floor, which can be raised or lowered to free up space, or make lifting in heavier items easier.

The GX trim misses out on the adjustable floor when the full-sized spare tyre is optioned on two-wheel drive CVT models.

There are pure petrol and hybrid powertrains available in the RAV4, with a plug-in hybrid not secured yet for Australia.

The RAV4 has the largest quoted seats-up boot figure in this comparison, but Toyota does not use the VDA standard of measurement.

Seats up580L
Seats down N/A
Seat split60/40
Base price$32,695
Top price $48,915

The Toyota RAV4 was the top-selling medium SUV under $60,000 in March 2021, where 3522 were sold.

A total of 9334 have been sold year-to-date in 2021. This is up 7.9 per cent compared to the same point in 2020.

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is the only medium SUV in this comparison to feature a 40/20/40 folding split second row.

It’s also one of the few in this comparison to have a second row recline adjustment.

Seats up442L
Seats down1342L
Seat split40/20/40
Base price$31,190
Top price$52,380

The Mazda CX-5 was the second-best-selling medium SUV under $60,000 in March 2021, where 3022 were sold.

A total of 7151 have been sold year-to-date in 2021. This is up 28.6 per cent compared to the same point in 2020.

Nissan X-Trail

A new version of the Nissan X-Trail is expected to touch down in Australia in 2022, but the current 2021 model has been used for these figures.

There is a seven-seat variant of the current X-Trail offered as well, which has 135L of boot space with all the seats up.

Nissan doesn’t use the VDA standard of measurement.

Seats up565L
Seats down945L (to cargo cover)
Seat split40/20/40
Base price$30,665
Top price$45,965

The Nissan X-Trail was the third-best-selling medium SUV under $60,000 in March 2021, where 1932 were sold.

A total of 4676 have been sold year-to-date in 2021. That’s up 19.4 per cent compared to the same point in 2020.

Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester scores second row recline adjustment, and under the boot floor is a full-sized spare wheel.

It also has the second-largest seats-down boot space figure, although Subaru doesn’t quote its capacities using the VDA standard.

Seats up498L (to roof)
Seats down1768L
Seat split60/40
Base price$35,190
Top price$46,490

The Subaru Forester was the fourth-best-selling medium SUV under $60,000 in March 2021, where 1439 were sold.

A total of 3679 have been sold year-to-date in 2021. That’s up 19.4 per cent compared to the same point in 2020.

Mitsubishi Outlander

A new generation version of the Mitsubishi Outlander will be here later this year, but the current 2021 model has been used for these figures.

There are plug-in hybrid and seven-seat options to choose from, along with petrol-powered variants. The PHEV has 463L of the boot space, the seven-seater has 128L with all the seats up.

The Outlander scores second row recline adjustment as well. The petrol-powered five-seat model has been used for the figures below.

Seats up477L
Seats down1608L
Seat split60/40
Base price$29,990
Top price$56,490

The Mitsubishi Outlander was the fifth-best-selling medium SUV under $60,000 in March 2021, where 1085 were sold.

A total of 3242 have been sold year-to-date. That’s down 4.6 per cent compared to the same point in 2020.

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V features the second largest VDA boot figures with the seats up, and the third largest with the seats down.

There is a seven-seat option available, which has 150L of boot space with all of the seats up.

Seats up522L
Seats down1717L
Seat split60/40
Base price$31,300
Top price$48,500

The Honda CR-V was the sixth top-selling medium SUV under $60,000 in March 2021, where 972 were sold.

A total of 2380 have been sold year-to-date. This is down 27.9 per cent compared to the same point in 2020.

Kia Sportage

There is a new Kia Sportage arriving in Australia at the end of the year. It has not been officially revealed and capacities are unknown at this stage.

The current 2021 model has been used for these figures.

Seats up466L
Seats down1455L
Seat split60/40
Base price$29,490
Top price$48,990

The Kia Sportage was the seventh top-selling medium SUV under $60,000 in March 2021, where 771 were sold.

A total of 2206 have been sold year-to-date. This is down 19.8 per cent compared to the same point in 2020.

Hyundai Tucson

A new model of the Hyundai Tucson has begun hitting showrooms.

It will only be offered in long-wheelbase form here in Australia.

Although there is a shorter wheelbase version on offer in Europe, Australia is only receiving the larger Tucson, which is comparable in size to a Toyota RAV4.

The Hyundai Tucson has the largest VDA seats up and seats down cargo capacities in this comparison.

Seats up539L
Seats down1860L
Seat split60/40
Base price$34,500
Top price$53,000

The Hyundai Tucson was the eighth top-selling medium SUV under $60,000 in March 2021, where 757 were sold.

A total of 3025 have been sold year-to-date. This is down 16.6 per cent compared to the same point in 2020.

This sales data refers to the older third-generation Tucson.

MG HS

The MG HS comes with a multi-tier boot floor and second-row seat recline adjustment.

MG doesn’t use the VDA standard of measures for its figures.

A PHEV version of the MG HS is now available, with 451L of boot space with the seats up.

Seats up463L (to cargo cover)
Seats down1287L (to window line)
Seat split60/40
Base price$29,990
Top price$42,990

The MG HS was the ninth top selling medium SUV under $60,000 in March 2021, where 555 were sold.

A total of 1253 have been sold year-to-date. This is up 123.8 per cent compared to the same point in 2020.

Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is the only vehicle in this comparison to come with a sliding second row of seats.

Ford doesn’t use the VDA standard of measurement for its figures.

A plug-in hybrid version of the Escape is set to arrive in late 2021. It has 517L of boot space with all of the seats up.

Seats up556L (to the roof)
Seats down1478L (to the roof)
Seat split60/40
Base price$35,990
Top price$49,590

The Ford Escape was the 10th-best-selling medium SUV under $60,000 in March 2021, where 298 were sold.

A total of 878 have been sold year-to-date. This is up 14.6 per cent compared to the same point in 2020.

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