Top 10: Cheapest roof boxes
Decent roof boxes cost a pretty penny, but we've compiled ten reasonable options if you don't want to spend an extortionate amount on some extra luggage space.
Halford’s 250-litre roof box is inexpensive, yet still offers the key features buyers demand. The grey finish is less appealing than the more common black of other boxes, but it has a usefully tall body to help squeeze in larger items up to the maximum weight limit of 50kg.
ArtPlast Car Trunk
The honestly-titled Car Trunk by ArtPlast certainly looks the part with a carbonfibre-effect lid, even if it the price means it is actually made from tough polypropylene instead. There's 320 litres of space available inside, with the popular U-bracket fitment meaning it should attach to almost any roof bar arrangement with ease. At 11kg in weight, it's easy to handle too.
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VDP MAA320 roof box 320
Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, the VDP range of roof boxes has only one offering under our notional £150 barrier. However, you still get plenty of attractive features despite the low price, including a 50kg payload and 320 litres of space as well as a central locking system to keep your cargo secure.
G3 Reef 270 roof box
This G3 roof box is closer to square than the more common rectangular shape, making it well suited to smaller cars. It has a useful 220 litres of storage space on offer, the supplied universal fitting kit works with bars up to 90mm wide and it weighs just 9.95kg (making it one of the lighter boxes on the market).
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Thule Ocean 80 (320L)
If you have a small car and want a roof box that takes up a minimum of space then the Thule Ocean 80 with a 320-litre loading capacity might be just the one for you. Max load is 50kg.
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Junior 420L roof box
This is a slick and expensive-looking roof box from Italian brand Junior, yet it only costs £180. This 420-litre roof box is made from UV protected Polystyrene and comes in two easy to assemble pieces. Fitment is the typical U-bolt (with a 60mm maximum) and max load is 50kg.
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Halfords 320L grey roof box
The Halfords 320L roof box features scratch-resistant ABS and UV protected material so it's strong and protected from cracking or becoming brittle. Perfectly sized for a small family, the spring lid stays open on its own with a single side opening and basic U-bolt mounting system. The roof box fits Square or Aero Roof Bars and dimensions are 140.2cm x 90.9cm x 35cm.
Thule Ranger Foldaway 280 Litre
Yes, it's technically a roof bag, but the Thule Ranger is ideal if you have lack of space but still want a box with the best functionality. It has all the advantages of a roof box, but without needing the storage space that traditional boxes require. The patented Easy-Snap mounting system for quick fitting attaches to roof bars up to 80 mm width with no tools required. The Ranger is made of waterproof material, with taped seams and a sealed zipper with an integrated lock.
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Halfords 420L grey roof box
Aerodynamic in design to reduce wind resistance and noise, the Halfords 420-litre roof box is built with ABS and UV protected material so it's scratch-resistant and protected from cracking. Like the other Halfords options, it opens from one side with a spring lid and uses the U-bolt fitting system. Dimensions are 174.5cm x 82.9cm x 39.7cm.
Halfords 360L roof box
The perfect solution for those that want something sized between a 320L or 420L roof box, the Halfords 360-litre roof box is scratch-resistant and uses the basic U-bolt mounting system. For security, the key can't be removed unless the box is locked either. Dimensions: 190cm x 63.9cm x 35.3cm