Full results for all models are shown in the table below.
|Brand / model (in rank order within groups)
||Dimensions (cm, L x W x H)
||Claimed volume (L)
||Claimed maximum load (kg)|
|Thule Atlantis 780
|Passenger / driver
||196 x 78 x 44
|Rhino Rack Carver Carry All 8.4 (A)
||215 x 90 x 40
|Thule Pacific 200
||175 x 82 x 45
|Rhino Rack Probox 420 (A)
||150 x 99 x 40
|Rola Odyssey OLB450
||175 x 82 x 45
|Rhino Rack Probox 310
||134 x 79 x 38
|Thule Ocean 80
||133 x 86 x 37
|Rola Velocity VLB320
||132 x 78 x 36
(A) Discontinued, but may still be available in stores.
(B) The manufacturer says two straps are now supplied with this model.
Prices are recommended retail, as of March 2010.
Overall score This is equally made up of:
- Ease of fitting to roof bars
- Lid opening/lock access
Features See Handy tips for more details.
How we tested
- Our testers checked how easy the car roof boxes were to fit to roof bars. We used a medium-sized station wagon to fit the boxes and assessed what method was used to fit the boxes, whether bolts or clamps.
- Loading and unloading the boxes was assessed with a variety of different sized items. This is affected by the height of the box from ground level.
- Our testers assessed lock/lid opening access based on their location. For example, a lock/lid opening on the driver’s side may seem intuitive, but stopping by the side of the road means you would be opening on the traffic side.
- We also tested performance: how the boxes affect cornering, braking, double lane change, how noisy they were, whether rain got inside the boxes and we checked the influence of the largest box on fuel consumption.