Australians love SUVs, and large SUVs are often the vehicle of choice for new car buyers seeking comfort, practicality, and boot space.

However, not all large SUVs were created equal, and cargo room varies considerably across the segment. So, let’s dig into which options give you the most luggage capacity.

These are the cars within the large SUV under $80,000 category in the VFACTS sales charts published by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

We’ve crunched the numbers, using boot capacity figures calculated to the VDA standard where possible for the sake of consistency.

We’ve also measured based on the variant with the most boot space in the range, as some trim or powertrain options may see the figures quoted here cut slightly.

While most of the cars in this segment have three rows of seating, our boot space rankings are based on the space available with two rows of seating in place.

The boot space figure for seven-seaters with all three rows in use has also been included.

Click on a car’s name above to jump directly to its information on the page, or continue scrolling for the full list.

LDV D90

There’s plenty of boot bang for buck with the LDV D90, which has a claimed capacity of 1350L with five seats in place.

That measurement seems generous as it’s measured to the ceiling, but it’s a roomy boot nonetheless.

And the starting price? Just $38,937 drive-away in base two-wheel drive specification, while even top-spec diesel Executive models are only just above $50,000.

Executive models come equipped with an 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster, 19-inch alloy wheels, and a sunroof.

LDV D90
All seats up 343L
Two rows up 1350L
All seats down 2382L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Space saver

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Isuzu MU-X

The Isuzu MU-X gets the silver medal on this list of vehicles, with 1119L of boot space when five seats are in use.

Built as a genuine seven-seater, there’s still 311L of room to play with when you need three rows of seating.

Base 1.9-litre cars start from $47,400 before on-road costs, while a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel is also available.

The MU-X was a hit with buyers in 2023, finishing second to the Ford Everest for large SUV sales with 14,139 units sold.

Isuzu MU-X
All seats up 311L
Two rows up 1119L
All seats down 2138L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Yes

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Jeep Wrangler

The LDV and Isuzu offer supreme value when it comes to boot space on a budget, but you have to pay for practicality with the Jeep Wrangler.

Updated for 2024, the Wrangler is now a $75,000-plus car, with four-door variants priced at $90,450 plus on-roads.

Rubicon varieties pack 987L of claimed boot space with a boxy loading area that’s both tall and relatively narrow.

Jeep has introduced a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine for the new model, which produces 200kW of power and 400Nm of torque.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Two rows up 987L
All seats down 2050L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Yes

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Ford Everest

The Ford Everest narrowly misses out on a podium spot with 898L of boot space.

Two turbo-diesel engine options are available across six variants – a 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo four-cylinder, and a 3.0-litre V6. Both are shared with the Ford Ranger ute.

Four-cylinder versions start from $54,250 excluding on-road costs, while V6 variants can be had for upwards of $73,740 plus on-roads.

An 80L fuel tank is standard across the range.

Ford Everest
All seats up 259L
Two rows up 898L
All seats down 1818L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Yes

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GWM Tank 500

The GWM Tank 500 is new on the large SUV scene, and it comes with 795L of boot space.

You’re strapped for room with seven seats in use though, afforded just 98L of cargo room in that configuration.

Positioned as a Toyota Prado rival, pricing kicks off at $66,490 drive-away for the base Lux model with a 14.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, heated front seats, side steps, and a sunroof.

The Tank 500 is considerably bigger than its Tank 300 sibling, which ranks at the bottom of this list.

GWM Tank 500
All seats up 98L
Two rows up 795L
All seats down 1459L
Seat split 60/40
Spare wheel Yes

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Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda lives by the mantra of ‘Simply Clever’, and that’s apparent when you assess the boot in the Kodiaq.

It’s not the biggest with 765L of space, but there are plenty of extras including tie down points, netting to keep things secure, a picnic rug, an under-floor space-saver spare wheel and a a concealed spot for the cargo blind if you’re using all seven seats.

The Kodiaq is Skoda’s flagship product, with the top of the range RS coming in at $76,890 drive-away.

Equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine the RS has a sporty edge, packing 180kW and 370Nm.

Skoda Kodiaq
All seats up 270L
Two rows up 765L
All seats down 2005L
Second-row split 40/20/40
Spare wheel Space saver

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Toyota Fortuner

While most seven-seat SUVs have a third row that folds forwards into the floor, Toyota has taken a different approach with the Fortuner.

Here the seats fold against the wall like you would see on a commercial aircraft, and it compromises boot space to some degree. The resulting figure is 716L, which is still around the mark for the segment.

Based on the popular HiLux, the Toyota Fortuner is priced between $53,775 before on-road costs and $66,755 before on-roads, and all variants are powered by the same 2.8-litre turbo-diesel as the HiLux.

Standard features include an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, reversing camera, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Toyota Fortuner
All seats up 200L
Two rows up 716L
All seats down 1080L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Yes

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Hyundai Palisade

Hyundai’s family hauler has a claimed boot space of 704L with five seats in use, although the 311L cargo room with all three rows in place is only topped by the LDV D90.

The third row of seats comes as standard, as well as a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, single-pane sunroof, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Petrol and diesel powertrains are available, with prices ranging between $66,800 before on-road costs and $80,900 plus on-roads.

Hyundai Palisade (eight-seat)
All seats up 311L
Two rows up 704L
All seats down 1297L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Yes

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Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

In case the Tiguan wasn’t big enough for the needs of Australian families, Volkswagen also offers an Allspace version with seven seats.

The Allspace has 700L of cargo room with the third row folded flat, and the second row splits 40/20/40 for extra configurability compared to other popular large SUVs.

Base 110TSI examples are powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque.

The cost of entry is $45,990 before on-road costs.

Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace
All seats up 230L
Two rows up 700L
All seats down 1775L
Second-row split 40/20/40
Spare wheel Space saver

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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is a staple of the large SUV segment, and it comes with 673L of boot space.

All variants feature a diesel engine with 133kW and 430Nm sending power to all four wheels.

Pricing starts at $51,450 before on-road costs and peaks at $64,840 plus on-roads.

A drawcard of the Pajero Sport is its long warranty – the standard warranty covers five years or 100,000km of driving, but it can be lengthened up to 10 years or 200,000km if the car is serviced on time through a Mitsubishi dealer.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
All seats up 131L
Two rows up 673L
All seats down 1500L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Yes

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Ssangyong Rexton

The Ssangyong Rexton is one of the less common large SUVs on Australian roads, with 1844 sold in 2023.

It has 641L of boot space, expanding to 1806L when you treat it as a two-seater.

All Rexton models are powered by a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine producing 150kW of power and 441Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a part-time four-wheel drive system.

In addition, the Rexton gets a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and 18-inch alloy wheels as standard.

SsangYong Rexton
All seats up 236L
Two rows up 641L
All seats down 1806L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Yes

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Hyundai Santa Fe

A new generation Hyundai Santa Fe is here, and there are significant changes inside and out.

Boot space is quoted at 628L with two rows of seating in place, and pricing kicks off at $55,500 before on-road costs for the front-wheel drive base version.

Hyundai’s large SUV is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 47.7kW electric motor, producing a system output of 173kW.

Standard features on the new model include a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless smartphone mirroring, 20-inch alloy wheels, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a power tailgate.

Hyundai Santa Fe
All seats up N/A
Two rows up 628L
All seats down 1949L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Yes

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Mazda CX-90

The new Mazda CX-90 has recently arrived in Australian showrooms.

Claimed cargo room is 608L, but a whopping 2025L is available with just the front seats in use.

Powered exclusively by 48V electrified inline-six engines at launch, the CX-90 goes head-to-head with higher end cars in this segment as well premium rivals such as the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90.

Pricing starts from $74,400 for the entry-level CX-90 G50e Touring, and climbs to $94,455 for the top-spec G50e Azami. All prices exclude on-road costs.

Mazda CX-90
All seats up 257L
Two rows up 608L
All seats down 2025L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Space saver

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Kia Sorento

Despite ranking lower on this list with 608L of boot space, the Kia Sorento is the fifth best seller in this segment with 8366 sold in 2023.

You can get it with petrol, diesel or hybrid power, and prices range between $50,680 before on-road costs and $73,330 plus on-roads.

The 2024 Kia Sorento measures in at 4815mm long, 1900mm wide, and 1700mm tall, with a 2815mm wheelbase.

Like all other models from the Korean manufacturer, it’s covered by a seven-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

Kia Sorento
All seats up 179L
Two rows up 608L
All seats down 2025L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Yes

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Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan claims 554L of boot space for the Pathfinder, which is priced between $71,490 before on-road costs and $81,490 plus on-roads.

Under the bonnet is a 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V6 with 202kW of power and 340Nm of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features include a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 10.8-inch head-up display, heated front seats and a powered tailgate.

Nissan Pathfinder
All seats up 205L
Two rows up 554L
All seats down 782L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Space saver

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Toyota Kluger

The Toyota Kluger has the least boot space of any seven-seater on this list, with 552L available as measured by Toyota.

Even with both rows folded down, the total is still just 1150L using Toyota’s measurement standard. In our experience, it punches above that figure.

Base models command $54,420 before on-road costs, while the flagship Grande eFour Hybrid AWD is priced at $82,860 plus on-roads.

All variants come with a five-star ANCAP safety rating and a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty. 

Toyota Kluger
All seats up 241L
Two rows up 552L
All seats down 1150L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Yes

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Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback has always been known as a bit of a do-everything vehicle, but it doesn’t quite have the same practicality as some of the seven-seat SUVs in this segment

With a claimed luggage capacity of 522L, the Outback only comes in ahead of the GWM Tank 300 – although with the rear seats folded that number jumps to a far more competitive 1267L.

What buyers lose in storage they gain when signing on the dotted line – the Subaru Outback starts at $43,690 before on-road costs, positioning it as a cheaper alternative in this category.

A low cost of entry made the Outback a popular choice among new car buyers last year, as Subaru sold 12,903 examples in 2023.

Subaru Outback
All seats up N/A
Two rows up 522L
All seats down 1267L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Yes

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GWM Tank 300

The Tank 300 is the junior of the two GWM models available in the large SUV segment, with more compact dimensions and a boot space of 400L.

Boxy in nature, the Tank 300 has an increased capacity of 1635L with the rear seats folded down, although you’ll have to leave the kids behind.

The range kicks off at $46,990 drive-away and tops out at $60,990 drive-away.

As standard you get a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 17-inch alloy wheels, and a sunroof.

GWM Tank 300
All seats up N/A
Two rows up 400L
All seats down 1635L
Second-row split 60/40
Spare wheel Yes

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