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If you're shopping for an SUV, it's likely you want to know a few important things. A good number of seats, an ample amount of power, an affordable price point, reliability, safety and – possibly most importantly – how much of your life you can cram into the boot.

Supermarket bags, golf clubs, the family dog, old furniture, new furniture, half of a hardware store – plenty of us will put our car's cargo space to good use throughout its lifetime.

In such a competitive SUV market, buyers are spoilt for choice and sometimes purchase decisions can come down to the millimetre. As such, we've rounded up some of Australia's top-selling compact, medium and large SUVs and ranked them according to boot size alone.

That way, if you want a small SUV but happen to own a Bernese Mountain Dog, you can see if you're really able to squeeze into that Toyota C-HR, or whether you need to make the leap up to a Nissan X-Trail.

However, not all boot sizes are equal and there are two different measurement standards for boot size currently in use in the automotive industry.

VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie) standards – also known as ISO 3832 standards or DIN 70020 standards – are generally regarded as the most relevant measurement of space as they use simulated 'blocks' of a certain size to measure useable cargo space, as opposed to filling every tiny nook with liquid. It typically measures space to the parcel shelf, rather than to the roof.

SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) is a measurement standard used mostly in the US that measures wet value, because it takes into account every bit of available space. Both VDA and SAE are measured in litres (L).

To keep things fair, where possible, we've used VDA measurement standards and quoted minimum cargo space (i.e. the space available with all seating rows in play), unless the car is a seven or eight-seater model, in which case we've quoted figures both with and without the third row in play.

Unfortunately, some manufacturers still use only SAE measurements for their cars, so we have marked these brands accordingly with an asterisk. Please note, quoted SAE figures are, by nature, likely to be higher than VDA figures – but this doesn't necessarily mean their cars' boots are bigger than their VDA counterparts (in fact, quite the opposite).

Similarly, some brands that purport to use VDA standards also measure boot space to the roof so, where possible, we have pointed this out so you can fairly compare them against those that measure only to the parcel shelf.

Here, our 2020 cargo showdown.


SUVs ranked by smallest to biggest boot space (in litres)

NB: We've listed only the boot space figure with all seating rows in play, unless the car is a seven or eight-seater vehicle, in which case we've listed both the boot space with the rear row up and with it stowed where available.

* Denotes brands that use SAE standards – measurements are likely to appear higher. Some manufacturers were unable to supply minimum boot size measurements.

FIVE SEATS

Suzuki Jimny: 85L

Mazda CX-3: 264L

Suzuki Ignis: 264L for four-seat GLX, 271L for five seat GL

*Haval H6: 276L (to cargo cover)

Subaru XV: 310L, 345L for hybrid models

Mazda CX-30: 317L

Toyota C-HR: 318L (shown below)

Lexus UX250h: 324L in FWD Luxury, 364L in FWD F Sport and Sports Luxury, 334L in all AWD variants

Lexus UX200: 327L in Luxury, 371L in F Sport and Sports Luxury

Hyundai Kona electric: 332L

*Fiat 500X: 350L

Hyundai Venue: 355L

Volkswagen T-Cross: 385L

Volkswagen T-Roc: 392L

Mitsubishi ASX: 393L

Ford Escape: 406L (MY19) 556L (MY20) or 517L in MY20 PHEV models

Renault Kadjar: 408L

Citroen C3 Aircross: 410L

Peugeot 2008: 410L (MY18)

Ford Puma: 410L

Nissan Juke: 422L (to roof) (show above, no seats-up photo available at time of publishing)

Ssangyong Tivoli: 423L

Suzuki S-Cross: 430L

Nissan Qashqai: 430L (to roof)

Bentley Bentayga: 431L in four-seat models, 484L in five-seat models

Kia Seltos: 433L

Mercedes-Benz GLA: 435L (MY20)

BMW X2: 470L

Lexus NX: 475L for petrol and hybrid models

Mitsubishi Outlander: 477L in five-seat petrol models, 463L in five-seat hybrid models

Skoda Karoq: 479L

*Jaguar E-Pace: 484L

Porsche Macan: 488L

Hyundai Tucson: 488L (shown below)

Subaru Forester: 498L, 509L for hybrid models

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe: 500L

Mercedes-Benz EQC: 500L

BMW X1: 505L

*Volvo XC60: 505L, 468L for T8 and Polestar Engineered models

Lexus RX: 506L

Subaru Outback: 512L

Peugeot 3008: 520L

Honda CR-V: 522L in five-seat models

BMW X4: 525L (shown below)

*Alfa Romeo Stelvio: 525L (499L when optioned with spare tyre)

Audi Q3: 530L

Toyota RAV4: 542L to roof (580L to lower level in models with two-level floors)

Mercedes-Benz GLC: 550L, 395L in 300e

BMW X3: 550L, 450L in hybrid models

Audi Q5: 550L

Ssangyong Korando: 551L

Lamborghini Urus: 574L in four seat models, 616L in five-seat models

Citroen C5 Aircross: 580L

BMW X6: 580L

Maserati Levante: 580L

*Range Rover Evoque: 591L (shown above)

Audi Q8: 605L

Volkswagen Tiguan: 615L

Porsche Cayenne Coupe: 625L, 600L (S, Turbo) 500L (E-Hybrid, Turbo S E-Hybrid)

Mercedes-Benz GLE: 630L

Toyota LandCruiser Prado: 640L in five-seat models

BMW X5: 650L, 500L in hybrid models

Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe: 655L (MY20)

*Jaguar I-Pace: 656L

Mercedes-Benz G-Class: 667L to top of seat, 454L beneath cargo blind

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport: 673L in five-seat models (seven-seater shown above, rear seats flat)

*Jeep Cherokee: 700L (to roof)

Ssangyong Tivoli XLV: 720L

Ford EcoSport: 743L (to roof)

Porsche Cayenne: 770L, 645L (E-Hybrid,Turbo S E-Hybrid) 745L (S, Turbo)

*Jeep Compass: 800L (to roof)

Ford Endura: 800L (to roof)

Volkswagen Touareg: 810L

*Range Rover Velar: 834L

*Jaguar F-Pace: 846L

*Jeep Wrangler Unlimited: 897L (to roof) (shown above)

*Jeep Wrangler (3-door): 197L rear seats up, 587L rear seats folded

*Range Rover: 900L

Lexus LX450d: 909L (to roof)

*Jeep Grand Cherokee: 1030L (to roof)

*Land Rover Defender: 1075L for five-seat models

*Land Rover Discovery: 1231L for five-seat models

Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series GX: 1431L (to roof)

Toyota LandCruiser 76 Wagon: Minimum boot space unavailable

Toyota LandCruiser 78 Troop Carrier: Minimum boot space unavailable

SEVEN SEATS

*Haval H9: 112L, 747L with third row flat (shown above)

Toyota LandCruiser Prado: 120L, 480L with third row flat

Mitsubishi Outlander: 128L, 477L with third row flat

Mercedes-Benz GLB: 130L, 640L with third row flat

Hyundai Santa Fe: 130L, 547L with third row flat

Hyundai Santa Fe: 130L, 547L with third row flat

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport: 131L, 502L with third row flat

Mitsubishi Pajero: 133L, 1038L with third row flat

Nissan X-Trail: 135L, 565L with third row flat (to roof) (shown above)

Kia Sorento: 142L, 605L with third row flat

Honda CR-V: 150L, 472L with third row flat

*Land Rover Discovery Sport: 157L, 754L with third row flat

Peugeot 5008: 165.6L, 702L with third row flat

Lexus RX L: 176L, 591L with third row flat

Toyota Kluger: 195L, 529L with third row flat

Mazda CX-8: 209L, 775L with third row flat

*Range Rover Sport: 221L, 780L with third row flat

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace: 230L, 700L with third row flat

Mazda CX-9: 230L, 810L with third row flat (shown above, third row upright)

Isuzu MU-X: 235L, 878L with third row folded

Ssangyong Rexton: 240L, 649L with third row flat

*Land Rover Defender: 258L, 916L with third row flat

*Land Rover Discovery: 258L, 1137L with third row flat

Skoda Kodiaq: 270L, 630L with third row flat

BMW X7: 300L, 750L with third row flat

*Volvo XC90: 302L (262L for T8), 680L with third row flat

LDV D90: 343L, 1350L with third row flat (shown above, third row upright)

Mercedes-Benz GLS: 355L, 890L with third row flat

Ford Everest: 450L to roof, 1050 with third row flat (to roof)

Nissan Pathfinder: 453L, 1354L with third row flat (to roof)

BMW X5: 550L, 650L with third row flat

Audi Q7: 295L, 740L with third row flat

Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series: Minimum boot space unavailable, 1276L with third row flat (to roof)

Toyota Fortuner: 200L, 1080L with third row flat (shown below, third row upright)

EIGHT SEATS

Lexus LX570: 259L, 701L with third row flat (to roof)

Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series GXL: Minimum boot space unavailable, 1276L with third row flat (to roof)

Nissan Patrol: 550L, 1414L with third row flat (to roof)