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Car roof box reviews

Last updated: 15 May 2014

We test five mid-size car roof boxes to help you find the best storage solution for your car. Our testers put them through their paces, mounting them on a car's roof racks, loading and unloading them, and even measuring the noise inside the car at 100km/h with and without the box mounted. Our buying guide tells you all you need to know when choosing a car roof box.

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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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Load-securing devices
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The number of straps inside the box for securing the contents.

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

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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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  • Noise with box installed at 100kmh
  • Noise without box installed at 100kmh
  • Weight
  • Locking side
  • Maximum speed with box fitted
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  • Dimensions
  • Claimed volume (L)
  • Claimed maximum load (kg)
  • Lock theft protection
  • Load-securing devices
  • Recommended distance between bars
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