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Packing up the car for holidays? 4 of the best models for boot space (and you won't guess them all)

Do you like big boots? Then step right this way.

WITH THE SCHOOLS finished and the good weather finally arriving it’s a prime opportunity for landing up the car and heading away on a road trip.

If that’s the kind of thing you love doing and are considering changing your car, this week we’re looking at which cars offer some of the best boot spaces on the used market.

1. Skoda Octavia Combi (2004-2013)

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Now that the jokes have subsided, if there’s one thing that Skoda is known for, it’s space. The Octavia Combi is one model in the Skoda range that best exemplifies this, offering generous levels of front and rear passenger space, while still being able to carry everything plus the kitchen sink.

A cavernous 605-litre boot can expand to a van-like 1,655 litres when the rear seats fold down. The most common model in Ireland is the 1.6-litre diesel, but a larger engine is available.

2. Dacia Logan MCV (2013-present)

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If you need space and are okay with no-frills motoring, then the Dacia Logan MCV might be the answer to your load-lugging needs.

Since arriving in Ireland a few years ago, Dacia has gone on to see in reasonable numbers, and the Logan MCV is its estate, serving as an alternative to the popular Duster SUV. As is, the boot measures in at 573 litres, with a total of 1,518 litres when the rear seats drop down. Its upright hatchback rear and low load height make getting bulkier items in that bit easier.

3. Fiat 500L (2012-present)

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While it may have styling that is best described as an acquired taste, the Fiat 500L does make up for it in other areas. The high roofline brings some sense of space to the interior, and it offers 455 litres of boot space, that grows to 1,480 litres.

It’s very much a car designed around family life, so there are numerous nooks and crannies inside for storing stuff, and the split A-pillar design does make visibility when pulling out of junctions or on bends a smidge better. Class-leading it may not be, but if you aren’t a badge snob, there’s value to be had in these on the used market.

4. Peugeot 308 (2013 -present)

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The C-segment hatchback market is a popular one and with many of the brands offering a model the competition is close.

But when it comes to boot space, the Peugeot 308 blows past the rest with a massive 470 litres. That’s almost more than 100 litres better than many rivals. On top of that, the Peugeot does come with good levels of standard equipment, and engines that provide reasonable performance as well as fuel economy.

More: How to buy a practical car that still has serious engine power – plus 3 models to consider first>

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