Estate and saloon models may be in decline due to the rise of the SUV and Crossover, but a good estate vehicle provides much for active families, including practicality and low running costs. Here, we look at the best estate cars to buy this year.
As one of the most spacious cars in its class, there’s no doubt that the SKODA Octavia represents a sound investment. With a 610-litre boot, low emissions, and a range of innovative features, it’s one of the best used estate cars on the market.
BMW’s reputation for quality ensures that there’s a wide selection of models on the used market. The 5 Series Touring not only offers plenty of style, it has an excellent array of safety equipment and practical features such as separate-opening tailgate glass and load dividing nets.
Estate drivers looking for a vehicle with both space and towing capacity will love the E-Class. Not only does it offer 640 litres of luggage room, it can haul 1,900kg without breaking a sweat. Add to that a host of storage compartments in the cabin, and it’s perhaps the best estate car for overall practicality.
If you’re wondering which estate car offers the best deal for families, it’s probably the Volvo V90. With all five seats in place, it delivers 723 litres of boot space as well as comprehensive safety kit to keep all occupants protected. Plus, with a plug-in hybrid version available, you can go green too.
A stylish, small-estate version of the A4 saloon, the A4 Avant has all the elegance and class you’d expect from this premium brand. With 505 litres of luggage space and an exceptional suite of the latest technology – including MMI and Virtual Cockpit - it’s a great option for those who want a technologically advanced ride.
An established favourite in the British market, the Passat is a powerful and well-equipped option for those wanting more from their driving experience. Available with a range of engine options and 4-MOTION all-wheel drive for added flexibility, it’s a reliable choice for estate buyers.
Practicality needn’t come at the expense of style, as the Peugeot 308 SW proves. Its classy cabin and efficient engines provide a comfortable and cost-effective drive, while the 660-litre boot has plenty of space to swallow large or awkwardly shaped items.
The Insignia Sports Tourer is great for those who want an all-rounder. Offering plenty of room in its 560-litre boot, refined engine options and a plush interior, it provides motorists with comfort, economy and practicality, all for good value.
A great value option is the SEAT Leon ST. Boasting the reliability and drive quality of other Volkswagen Group cars, it is less expensive than its peers but with impressive practicality thanks to a two-level boot floor that accommodates up to 587 litres of luggage.