Car roof box reviews

They’re great at growing your car’s storage capacity, but mind how you drive.
 
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02.Results

The following models scored the best results in our test.

What to buy
Brand Price
Small
Rhino Rack Probox 310 $319
Medium
Thule Pacific 200 $649
Large
Thule Atlantis 780 $895
 

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Results Table

Full results for all models are shown in the table below.

  Performance
Brand / model (in rank order within groups) Overall score (%) Fitting score (%) Loading / unloading score (%) Lid opening / lock score (%) Price ($)
Large
Thule Atlantis 780
www.thule.com.au
83 90 60 100 895
Rhino Rack Carver Carry All 8.4 (A)
www.rhinorack.com
55 50 60 55 840
Medium
Thule Pacific 200
www.thule.com.au
70 80 50 80 649
Rhino Rack Probox 420 (A)
www.rhinorack.com
67 70 70 60 460
Rola Odyssey OLB450
www.rola.com.au
53 30 60 70 499
Small
Rhino Rack Probox 310
www.rhinorack.com
57 60 50 60 319
Thule Ocean 80
www.thule.com.au
53 60 40 60 399
Rola Velocity VLB320
www.rola.com.au
43 40 40 50 399
 

  Features Specifications
Brand / model (in rank order within groups) Opening side Straps Dimensions (cm, L x W x H) Weight (kg) Claimed volume (L) Claimed maximum load (kg)
Large
Thule Atlantis 780
www.thule.com.au
Passenger / driver 3 196 x 78 x 44 17.7 480 75
Rhino Rack Carver Carry All 8.4 (A)
www.rhinorack.com
Driver 2 215 x 90 x 40 19.4 502 80
Medium
Thule Pacific 200
www.thule.com.au
Passenger 0 (B) 175 x 82 x 45 12.3 460 50
Rhino Rack Probox 420 (A)
www.rhinorack.com
Rear 0 150 x 99 x 40 14.6 420 50
Rola Odyssey OLB450
www.rola.com.au
Passenger 2 175 x 82 x 45 12.0 450 50
Small
Rhino Rack Probox 310
www.rhinorack.com
Rear 0 134 x 79 x 38 10.7 310 50
Thule Ocean 80
www.thule.com.au
Rear 1 (B) 133 x 86 x 37 9.2 320 50
Rola Velocity VLB320
www.rola.com.au
Driver 2 132 x 78 x 36 7.9 320 50
 

Table notes

(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
  • Loading/unloading
  • 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.
 
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