Cargo Volume Measurements

There are three methods to calculate cargo volume: VDA, SAE and Maximum Load Volume. Some manufacturers use SAE whilst others use VDA so when comparing load areas, it is important to know which method has been used.

VDA Method

This is the method used by the Verband der Automobilindutrie in Germany. A VDA figure is determined by filling the load space with ‘litre’ blocks, each measuring 200x100x50xmm. The blocks are then counted and the numerical result is converted in to cubic metres. VDA is usually a more realistic view than SAE.

SAE Method

This is the method used by the Society of Automotive Engineers. SAE is normally a larger number than VDA and is calculated by filling the load areas with much smaller objects that can fill all the small areas of the vehicle which you can’t normally use as loadspace, making it seem to have a larger load space.

 

NOTE: Some manufactures use SAE whilst others use VDA so when comparing load areas make sure using same method

You can find the cargo volume of a vehicle in our brochures.

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