Top 10: Practical cars
Need a car that will cope with everything your family can throw at it? These are the top 10 cars rated as the best for practicality in the Honest John Satisfaction Index 2020.
Dacia Logan MCV (2013 -)
Practicality rating: 9.96
Britain's cheapest estate car nabs the top spot in our list with an incredibly impressive 9.96 practicality rating out of 10 from owner feedback. The five-seater estate landed in the UK in 2013 and features like a 573-litre load bay with the rear seats up - and 1518 litres with them down mean you get Focus levels of room at Fiesta money.
Skoda Superb Estate (2015 -)
Practicality rating: 9.89
This is one car that's close to faultless and, obviously, owners agree. Not only does it boast a mammoth-sized boot - 660 litres with the rear seats in place, 1950 when they're folded - but it has the quality feel of a premium car, yet costs the same as a family hatchback. But that doesn't come at the expense of passenger space, with the Superb Estate boasting the kind of rear legroom you'd find in the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Skoda Kodiaq (2016 -)
Practicality rating: 9.78
Comfortable, spacious, affordable, well-equipped, practical and safe, it’s almost impossible to pick fault with. In fact, if you’re looking for a new petrol or diesel SUV with five or seven seats, we think it’s probably the best choice you can make. Our 2019 SUV of the Year offers ample leg and head room in the back row for adults to sit in comfort and a total storage space of 720 litres, increasing to 2005 litres if you fold the rear seats down.
Honda Jazz (2015 -)
Practicality rating: 9.72
The Jazz has never quite had the mass appeal of the likes of the Volkswagen Polo or Ford Fiesta, but it's incredibly practical interior and Tardis-like amounts of space make it one of the most underrated, practical hatchbacks on sale. It offers Honda's 'magic seats', which fold and flip in various configurations to allow you to carry surprisingly large items - and, although expensive, is well equipped for the money.
Skoda Octavia (2013 - 2020)
Practicality rating: 9.70
A favourite amongst taxi drivers for good reason, the Octavia is one of the most versatile and practical hatchbacks around. Skoda has recently announced a new model launching in 2020. There are plenty of thoughtful ‘Simply Clever’ touches throughout the Octavia - including features like a built in ice-scraper, reversible rubber boot carpet and door-pocket waste bin to add to the appeal and make it stand apart from rivals. The 590-litre boot makes it a favourite load-lugger, too.
Skoda Superb (2015 -)
Practicality rating: 9.69
Our 2019 Large Car of the Year winner is more than deserving of the accolade, with no other model coming close to matching its size, equipment levels or low running costs for the same outlay. Well-designed for family life, the Skoda Superb will easily carry five large adults in comfort, while the 625-litre boot offers almost limitless storage options in the back with an estate-rivalling 1760 litres available if you lower the rear seats.
Skoda Octavia Estate (2013 -)
Practicality rating: 9.68
Our fifth and final Skoda in this list (yes, 50 per cent of the most practical cars according to owners are Skodas...) is the Octavia Estate - which launched in 2013. There's stacks of room with 1740 litres of space with the seats down, fold flat seats and plenty of cubbyholes. Upgrades on the previous model mean the sill sits lower for easier access, a foldable front passenger seat to allow loading of long items (up to 2920mm in length), an underfloor boot compartment and a one-touch seat-fold lever in the boot that eliminates the need for clambering over the seats to fold them down, too.
Honda CR-V (2018 -)
Practicality rating: 9.68
The CR-V is the newest car in this list, launching in 2018 (although, some of the others have had facelifts since they were first launched). It's also extremely easy to recommend because Honda has succeeded in making a practical and spacious SUV that has genuine performance but is also enjoyable to drive yet comfortable. And all that in a package that includes a hybrid system. Sounds too good to be true? Well it's not - the CR-V Hybrid is genuinely an excellent SUV. Boot space is a huge 497 litres that extends to 1697 with the rear seats down.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (2010 - 2016)
Practicality rating: 9.62
The E-Class Estate here is the 2010 model, rather than the newest incarnation - which launched in 2016. Yet, as long in the tooth as it is, owners clearly still appreciate the large and luxurious family car. With a large flat loadspace that will provide up to 695 litres with the seats in place and up to 1950 litres with the rear bench lowered, plus a powered tailgate as standard, it's not surprising to see the older E-Class Estate on this list.
Kia Venga (2010 - 2018)
Practicality rating: 9.62
Kia put the Venga out to pasture in 2018, meaning there are no new models these days - yet, owners still rate its practicality high enough to make this top 10. Despite its small size, the Venga is spacious with sliding rear seats, wide-opening back doors and a high-up driving position like a little SUV. The boot is wide and flat with a reasonably low load deck and a false floor, covering some little storage areas for small odds and ends. Volume with the seats up is 440 litres and sliding the rear seats forward increases this a little. Folding the rear seats down makes a flat load area with 1253 litres of capacity.