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11 Best Estate CarsBack

Estate cars are a great choice for families looking for a reasonably priced vehicle to house a larger family. Estate cars have the advantage of offering larger boot space coupled with low running costs. Furthermore, the rear seats can be folded down to maximise on boot space.

Despite SUVs being the fashionable choice for growing families, there are many benefits to purchasing an estate car. Many estate cars are based on popular hatchbacks and saloon cars, so carry all of the same performance qualities and features but with even more practicality.

Below, Trusted Dealers takes a look at some of the best estate cars currently on the market.

SkodaSuperbEstateSkoda Superb Estate

The Skoda Superb Estate is one of the best estate cars on the market. Not only does it look great and drive exceptionally well, its reliable too and you won’t pay a high cost to buy or run one. If you’re looking for an estate with bags of room, the Superb’s boot is vast,  plenty big enough to swallow up a family’s luggage with ease. The cabin is classy, spacious and comfortable and there is plenty of standard equipment included making the car exceptional value for money.

Ford Mondeo Estate (2007-2015)

If you’re looking for an excellent used estate car, the Ford Mondeo Estate remains one of the best estate cars around. Its excellent to drive – smooth, capable and responsive – with good refinement too. The Mondeo Estate offers great value for money containing all the attractive traits of the Ford badge such as excellent reliability and good value for money and the boot is huge. Choose the 2.0-litre engine for the best balance between performance and fuel economy.

3SeriesTouringBMW 3-Series Touring

A practical estate with luxury – the BMW 3-Series Touring offers the performance and driving experience found in a BMW saloon with the space and practicality of an estate car. BMW have pulled out all the stops to ensure maximum comfort for passengers in the 3-series touring whilst the boot is generous at just under 500-litres. This is a bit less than you’d get in some rival cars, but if you’re looking for a car with style, badge appeal and a strong Euro NCAP safety rating, the 3-series really does offer the entire package for families.

Volkswagen Golf Estate

The Volkswagen Golf Estate possesses all of the qualities we know and love about the VW Golf, but with a lot more space and practicality available. Not only does it offer all the standard tricks you’d expect from an estate car, it’s also great to drive. Behind the wheel, you could be in a standard Golf thanks to the estate’s excellent handling and refinement. Boot space is vast as you’d expect but there’s additional extras such as an adjustable boot floor, bag hooks and underfloor storage which makes the day to day running of this car even easier. You may pay more for VW Golf Estate but resale values remain strong and we think it’s worth the extra splash.
Mazda6TourerMazda 6 Tourer Estate

The Mazda 6 Estate has crept up the rankings of estate cars in recent years. It might not be the car you’d immediately think of when you are considering purchasing an estate car, but thanks to the vast improvements in Mazda’s line up over the past decade, more buyers will be drawn to the Mazda 6 estate due to its lower price and its lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions making it a cheaper estate car to run. Boot capacity is just over 500 litres, which is plenty for most growing families.

BMW 5-series Touring

If you’re a BMW fan and space is a priority, then BMW 5-series Touring is the perfect choice. It comes with all of BMW’s excellent traits such as sound performance and a host of luxury features, and it’s extremely comfortable and capable on the motorway. Business executives with growing families will enjoy the 560 litre boot which is large enough to house just about anything from a family dog to a full set of luggage, and the boot transforms to 1,670 litres with the seats down. If you can afford the premium price tag, it’s one of the best estates to own.

SeatCupraSTSEAT Leon ST Estate

The Seat Leon ST Estate is one of the cheapest estate cars to buy and run, but that doesn’t mean it lacks in quality. To drive, it handles well for its size and it offers a wide choice of engines to suit all tastes and budgets. We’d recommend the 1.6 TDI for a good balance between fuel economy and performance. The 587 litre boot is large and standard equipment is plentiful. It may lack the class of superior badges but it’s certainly worth considering if you’re on a budget.

Skoda Octavia Estate

The Skoda Octavia Estate offers buyers the height of practicality. It may not be the most exciting estate car to look at or to drive, but it ticks all of the right boxes. It’s a smart-looking car that’s well suited to family life thanks to its enormous boot and good reliability. You can even choose a tax-exempt diesel engine which offers excellent fuel economy and low running costs. The Octavia Estate comes with plenty of equipment as standard and a classy cabin, making it one of the best cars in its class.

KiaCeedSWKia Cee’d Sportswagon

Another bargain estate car is the Cee’d Sportswagon. If you’re looking for a no nonsense estate car that’s easy on the eye and the wallet, the Cee’d might prove to be just the right choice. Its a cheap estate car to run and the boot is a decent size for the price. Choose the 1.4 CRDi 90 engine for the best mix of fuel economy and performance. It comes in the basic level spec only, but this includes air-con, a multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth and six airbags. Furthermore, the best thing is the seven-year warranty guaranteed on all Kia cars.

Mercedes E-Class Estate

If you’re seeking an enormous executive estate car, the Mercedes E-Class Estate is the right one. It’s a hugely practical car that benefits from a classy badge and plenty of interior comfort. The boot is one of the largest in its class and access is made even easier by the addition of an electrically operated tailgate and luggage cover. Fold the rear seats flat to increase the load space even further, and with the back seats in place there’s easily room for five adults to remain comfortable even on longer trips. Fuel economy is slightly higher than some rivals and you’ll pay more to own a Mercedes car, but we think it’s worth the extra cash.

Hyundaii40Hyundai i40 Tourer

The Hyundai i40 estate is another car that might not immediately catch your eye but it should definitely not be overlooked. It’s a handsome and classy estate in its own right with the added advantage of its competitive price tag. The i40 Tourer comes with a range of highly efficient engines and all versions come with plenty of equipment. The 553 litre boot is one of the largest in the family estate class, but the only drawback is the rear seats do not fold flat. The i40 Tourer also comes with Hyundai’s competitive 5-year warranty.

Posted by Leana Kell on 09/03/2016