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Pete_W5 months ago

Obviously the roof box boom is linked to the increasing number of small cars we’re buying so I thought I’d try it for myself. At 365 litres, the boot of my Audi A3 is sufficient for most situations. But with a cycle carrier and roof box, we don’t need to sacrifice part of the rear seat and can carry a fourth passenger. Not bad for a three-door car.

Red4 months ago

The best thing was that, at 580 litres, the £320 Exodus roof box has more space than the boot of an Audi A6 Avant. And that’s excluding the bike carrier. The Thule roof bars were £145 and the Halfords bike carrier £60. So for £525 I had more than doubled the carrying capacity of my car, which is a lot cheaper – and less hassle – than buying a new one.

Gary19964 months ago

It sounds obvious, but if you already have roof bars, measure the width between them and make sure the roof box fits. Consider also where you’re going to be using the box. Some allow access from both sides while some only open on one side which could mean you’d need to stand near traffic to load it.

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Pete_W4 months ago

Holidays can make or break our relationship. With a car, I mean. We consider boot space more for its daily consumption or weekends away than all the wetsuits, canoes, bicycles and assorted paraphernalia a holiday can entail. Quite right, too, or we’d all be driving in Chrysler Grand Voyagers and Ford Tourneos.

Corrie19994 months ago

Finally, Halfords recommends buyers consider the quality. Buy cheaply online and you could end up with something alarmingly flimsy. Also consider the locking mechanism. More expensive boxes have a system that sensibly prevents you removing the key unless it’s locked. And the pricier they are, the more attention that will have been paid to making it as aerodynamic as possible, saving fuel.

Col Minessota4 months ago

There’s a huge variety of roof boxes on the market and they come in all shapes and sizes. The good news is you can get them to fit all kinds of car and even buy narrow boxes to free up space on the roof bars for mounting a bike should you need to.

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petHead4 months ago

Thule also says that the majority of sales in roof boxes and cycle carriers are at the more expensive end of the market. Presumably that’s because buyers are sensibly thinking that the more money they spend, the better quality the product and the less likely it is to fail. Which is reassuring when you consider the havoc an errant roof box or bike carrier could cause if it detaches on the motorway.

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