Best roof boxes 2020
Looking for a roof box for the holiday season? We test eight of the best load carriers on the market
As many of us start to plan holidays, thoughts turn to how we’ll squeeze our family and all our luggage in the car. Roof boxes are a neat solution, creating space in the cabin and making everyone more comfortable. They also mean you needn’t drive a car bigger than you need all year for a few days away with the family.
Yet not all roof boxes are created equal. We’ve tested eight of the market’s most popular designs to give you the lowdown.
How we tested them
We rated space, load capacity, convenience and security. Roof boxes aren’t easy to negotiate at the best of times as they are bulky and have to be raised to around head height to get into place; hauling them on to the roof and making sure fittings are positioned and secured correctly is often a two-person job.
Designs that take the strain out of this process earned points; boxes with dual side opening let you get at fixings from either side. Those with good security (for your belongings) also scored well. Finally, we looked at price and whether the instructions were helpful.
Our reigning roof box champion, the Kamei 510, holds on to its crown. While its stablemate, the Corvara S 390, runs it close, it can’t quite justify its higher price. If you have less to spend, Hapro’s Traxer 6.6 is a cheaper, simple-to-fit solution.
In this review
- 1Introduction - currently readingLooking for a roof box for the holiday season? We test eight of the best load carriers on the market
- 2Kamei 510Even though its clips aren’t as easy to fit to roof bars as on some of the other products here, the stylish Kamei 510 repeats previous roof box test victory.
- 3Kamei Corvara S 390The priciest and newest roof box on test is also from Kamei, and is a close rival to our winner.
- 4Hapro Traxer 6.6 HP25908Easy to fit Traxer can be accessed from either side and secures the 410-litre space with a top-quality triple lock
- 5Exodus 470L This Halfords sub-brand is far from sub-standard.
- 6Thule Ranger 90If storage away from the car is a problem, Thule’s Ranger 90 soft bag is a reasonable solution.
- 7Calix 430At 23kg, the Calix 430 is fairly unwieldy; fitting is a two-person job.
- 8Hapro Roady 4000The cheapest and lightest solid box on test, Hapro’s Roady 4000 has Masterfit clips that slot into a channelled roof bar, once you have the additional rubber protectors in place.
- 9Thule Motion 800The 800 relates to size, rather than capacity, as this box holds only 460 litres