Gone are the days where Australian families would buy a new Holden Commodore or Mitsubishi Magna wagon. Instead, medium SUVs have become the de facto family car for so many Aussies.
It’s Australia’s best-selling category of vehicles: for the first six months of 2023, VFACTS industry sales data shows 130,210 medium SUVs were sold in Australia.
A big consideration for buyers, particularly those with families or looking to start a family, is boot space.
Below we have compared boot space figures for all 23 vehicles from the medium SUV under $60,000 segment, which accounts for over three quarters of all medium SUV sales in Australia.
We have included the figures supplied by manufacturers, and where available detailed their measuring parameters.
Individual manufacturers can measure boot space differently. We have listed the manufacturers’ claimed figures below. The table specifies the minimum boot capacity for each vehicle.
|Model||Boot space with second row up||Boot space with second row down|
|BYD Atto 3||440L||1340L|
|Citroen C5 Aircross||580L||1630L|
|GWM Haval H6||600L||1485L|
|GWM Haval H6 GT||392L||1390L|
|Honda CR-V (5 seat)||552L||1084L|
|Honda CR-V (7 seat)||150L – with the third row up||936L – with the second and third row down|
|Mitsubishi Outlander (5-seat)||485L||1466L|
|Mitsubishi Outlander (5-seat PHEV)||494L||1414L|
|Mitsubishi Outlander (7-seat)||163L||1461L|
|Mitsubishi Outlander (7-seat PHEV)||191L||1387L|
|Nissan X-Trail (5-seat)||585L||N/A|
|Nissan X-Trail e-Power (5-seat)||575L||N/A|
|Nissan X-Trail (7-seat)||465L – with the third row up||N/A|
|Peugeot 5008||952L – with the third row down||2042L – with the second and third row down|
|Subaru Forester (Hybrid)||509L||1779L|
The 2023 BYD Atto 3 measures 4455mm long, 1875mm wide, and 1615mm tall, with a 2720mm wheelbase.
Boot space with the rear seats upright is 440L, which can be expanded to 1340L with them folded.
The Citroen C5 Aircross measures 4500mm long, 1859mm wide, and 1695mm tall, with a 2730mm wheelbase.
Boot space with the rear seats upright is 580L or 720L with the second row in its forwardmost position, and can be expanded to 1630L with the seats folded.
The Cupra Formentor measures 4450mm long (4446mm VZ), 1839mm wide, and 1510mm-1520mm tall depending on variant.
Cupra only provides a figure for boot space with the second row seat upright, which is 420L for the V and 450L for the VZ and VZx models.
The GWM Haval H6 measures in at 1886mm wide, 1724mm tall, and 4653mm long with a 2738mm wheelbase.
With the rear seats upright, the Haval H6 has a boot capacity of 600L that can be expanded to 1485L with the rear seats folded down.
The GWM Haval H6 GT measures 4727mm long, 1940mm wide and 1729mm tall – up 74mm, 54mm and 5mm on the wagon – but rides an identical 2738mm wheelbase.
With the rear seats upright, the Haval H6 GT has a boot capacity of 392L that can be expanded to 1390L with the rear seats folded down.
Honda has revealed its latest 2024 Honda CR-V, however the vehicle won’t go on sale until September 2023 and final specifications are yet to be detailed.
The outgoing Honda CR-V measures up at 4635mm long, 1855mm wide and 1679mm tall, with a 2660mm wheelbase.
In five-seat CR-V models, there’s 522L of cargo space. This expands to 1084L with the second row folded when measured to the window.
In seven-seat models, there’s 150L of cargo space. Fold the third row and this expands to 472L, and fold the second row and there’s 936L measured to the window.
The Honda ZR-V measures 4568mm long, 1840mm wide and 1620mm tall on a 2655mm wheelbase.
Boot capacity is 380L in the VTi X and VTi L and 370L in the VTi LX and e:HEV LX.
This expands to 1312L or 1302L, respectively, with the rear seats folded and measured to the roof, or 876L/866L measured to the window.
The Hyundai Tucson measures in at 4630mm long, 1865mm wide, and 1665mm long, with a 2755mm wheelbase. The optional N Line package adds an extra 10mm in length to the Tucson.
Boot capacity with the second row of seats upright is 539 litres, and with them folded it’s 1860 litres.
The Kia Sportage measures 4660mm long and 1865mm wide, with a 2755mm wheelbase.
It has 542L of boot space with the second row in place, and 1829L with the second row of seats folded down.
The Mazda CX-5 measures 4575mm long, 1845mm wide, and 1675mm tall, with a 2700mm wheelbase.
Boot space is a claimed 438 litres with the rear seats in place, and 1340 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
The MG HS measures 4574mm long, 1876mm wide, 1664mm tall with a 2720mm wheelbase; Essence X models are an additional 21mm taller.
The MG HS’s luggage space is 463L, increasing to a maximum of 1287L with the second row folded. Plug-in hybrid models have 451L and 1275L of space, respectively, and lose the space-saver spare in favour of a tyre repair kit.
The Mitsubishi Outlander measures in at 4710mm long, 1862mm wide, and 1740mm tall, with a 2706mm wheelbase.
Five-seat petrol models have a full-size spare wheel and a boot capacity of 485L with all the seats upright. This expands to 1466L with the second row folded.
Five-seat PHEV models have a tyre repair kit and a boot capacity of 494L with all the seats upright. This expands to 1414L with the second row folded.
Seven-seat petrol models have a space saver spare wheel, and a claimed 163L with all three rows of seats upright. This expands to 478L with the third-row seats folded, and 1461L with the second row folded as well.
Seven-seat PHEV models have a tyre repair kit and and a claimed 191L with all three rows of seats upright. This expands to 461L with the third-row seats folded, and 1387L with the second row folded.
The Nissan X-Trail measures in at 4680mm long, 1840mm wide, and 1725mm tall, with a 2705mm wheelbase.
Boot space in the five-seat X-Trail is 585 litres (575L in e-Power models), while the seven-seat configuration reduces that to 465 litres. There’s also a clever ‘Divide and Hide’ storage system to compartmentalise the luggage area.
No figure is quoted for total boot space with the rear seats folded.
e-Power models go without a space-saver spare, and instead have a tyre repair kit.
The Peugeot 3008 measures 4447mm long, 1624mm tall, and 1906mm wide (2098mm including the mirrors) on a 2675mm wheelbase.
Boot space is 591L measured up to the window line, while total luggage space with the second row folded is 1670L measured up to the roof.
The Peugeot 5008 measures 4641mm long, 1646mm tall, and 1844mm wide with a 2840mm wheelbase.
It has 591L of luggage space up to the window line with the third row folded. With the second and third row folded, there’s 1670L measured up to the roof.
The Renault Koleos measures in at 4673mm long, 1843mm wide, and 1667mm tall, with a 2705mm wheelbase.
Boot space with the rear seats upright is 493L, which can be expanded to 1707L with them folded.
The Skoda Karoq Style measures up at 4390mm long, 1603mm tall and 1841mm wide, with a 2638mm wheelbase.
The Sportline measures 4384mm long, 1612mm tall and 1841mm wide, with a 2630mm wheelbase.
In Style guise, the Karoq offers 588L of cargo capacity, which opens up to 1810L when the second row of seats is folded down.
The Sportline has 521L of boot space, which opens up to 1630L when the second row of seats is folded down.
The SsangYong Korando measures 4450mm long, 1870mm wide and 1629mm tall, with a 2675mm wheelbase.
It has 407L of boot space with the second row of seats up, which expands to 1104L with the seats down.
The Subaru Forester measures 4640mm long, 1815mm wide, and 1730mm tall with a 2670mm wheelbase.
Boot space with the rear seats upright is 498L in petrol models and 509L in the hybrid variants.
This expands to 1779L in the hybrid variants, while that figure is 1768L in all regular petrol models except for the Sport and 2.5i-S where it’s 1740L.
The Toyota RAV4 measures 4615mm long, 1690mm tall and 1865mm wide, with a 2690mm wheelbase.
Boot space measures 580L with the rear seats up and with a space-saver spare. A full-size spare is optional only in GX models.
Volkswagen is expected to reveal its next-generation Tiguan later this year but Australia will have to wait until 2024 to see it.
The current two-row Tiguan measures 4509mm long, 1839mm wide and 1675mm tall, with a 2681mm wheelbase.
The high-performance Tiguan R measures in at 4520mm long, 1859mm wide and 1668mm tall, with a 2681mm wheelbase.
Boot space is 520L with the second row in its rearmost position and 615L with the rear seats slid forward, while folding them flat frees up 1655L of space.