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Last updated: 20 December 2017

We test car roof boxes to help you find the best storage solution for your car. Our buying guide tells you all you need to know when choosing a car roof box. We also measured noise in the car and compared it to the noise levels in a car without a roof box, but there was no difference.

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Our review will tell you which car roof boxes are:

  • easiest to fit to your roof bars
  • easiest to load and unload
  • easiest to lock and unlock/open.

Use our interactive comparison tool to find the model with the right features and specifications to suit your needs. Our Recommended list will help you see at a glance which models come out on top.

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Claimed volume (L)

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The manufacturer's stated volume of the box, in litres.

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Size based on fuel use

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Based on the front area of the car roof box, used to assess fuel use.

Locking side

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This is the side from which you can unlock and lock the box. Ideally this is on the passenger side, so that when you stop by the side of the road to unlock, you aren't standing on the traffic side.

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Loading and unloading score

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How easy it is to load and unload items into and out of the roof box. The best-scoring models are reasonably wide so they are easy to reach from the side of the car.

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Ease of fitting score

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How easy the roof box is to fit to the car's roof bars. 

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Lid opening/lock score

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How easy it is to open and close the lid, and lock or unlock it. The best-scoring models can be opened from either side, so you can do it from the passenger side, which is safer if you've pulled over on the side of the road.

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Load-securing devices

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The number of straps inside the box for securing the contents.

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  • Overall score
  • Recommended
  • Ease of fitting score
  • Loading and unloading score
  • Lid opening/lock score
  • Likely fuel consumption increase
  • Weight of car roof box (kg)
  • Locking side
  • Maximum speed with box fitted (km/h)
  • Good points
  • Bad points
  • Size based on fuel use
  • Price
  • Brand
  • Model
  • Dimensions
  • Claimed volume (L)
  • Claimed maximum load (kg)
  • Lock theft protection
  • Load-securing devices
  • Recommended distance between bars (mm)
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