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We have divider #10.
If your cargo is lower in height than the cover blind, there is no difference in utility between #10 and #11, except possibly in a rollover situation where items in the trunk might overwhelm the cover blind snap, shift to the front, and cause injury.
If your cargo sits higher than the cover blind, it is obviously safer to have #10 over #11, from a hard-braking situation to anything worse.
#10 does not have the two forward-facing cargo netting pockets in lower picture #11 (with the bananas). I sometimes wish we did have that cargo netting: its absence means that anything we carry must go in the trunk.
#10 has the downside that if you sit in the front, it can be difficult to put stuff in the back from the front compartment. Instead, you must access the trunk from the rear door or hatch, what have you. Ours is a convertible, so we must use the "pick up gate" and eventually lift the rear glass if piling up stuff high. On the other hand, as an upside #11 would let you put stuff in the trunk from the front, but at the following cost: your trunk blind would have to be unsnapped and locked in the open position. This has the potential to become hazardous in an accident situation.
Having said that, you could potentially slide something not too thick from the front seat to the cargo compartment with #10, because the bottom of the divider is not glued to the trunk's floor: it can be made to work like a mail slot (easy to push stuff from the front to the trunk, harder to pull stuff from the trunk to the front). I don't think we have used it more than once in that fashion in 4 months of ownership.
We periodically go to the supermarket in our smart car. We fill up the cart with abandon and with #10 have never had any capacity issues. Stack it up!