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Estate cars for the family manBack

Some men find it hard to come to terms with the prospect of abandoning their beloved set of wheels in favour of something more family orientated, which is why there is an excellent range of cars on the market built to soften the blow for the family man.

Okay, so you might no longer be able to drive the sporty, two seater car you’d always dreamed of, but there are many cars on the market which can make you feel just as good, and none so better than estate cars for giving you that masculine presence on the road.

Estate cars are a great choice of car for those parents who have a couple of children, plenty of luggage to cart around and maybe even a family dog. They are highly versatile cars which offer a larger than average boot space to ensure all your family needs are met.

The team at has picked out three of their favourite class leading estate cars and highlighted below just why these cars are so popular.

Ford Mondeo Estate: Prices from £4485.00

Like the popular Ford Mondeo saloon, the Ford Mondeo Estate model has so much to offer and really is one of the best on the market. It offers a very spacious and comfortable cabin, it is packed full of the latest safety equipment and it’s also a great drive. The boot is a practical shape with easy access and there are split fold seats to increase the load space even further if or when required. On top of all this, the purchase price remains competitive and running costs are low thanks to its range of fantastic diesel engines, some of which can achieve more than 50mpg. We would recommend the Zetec trim as it offers just the right amount of equipment for an affordable price.

BMW 5-Series Touring: Prices from £6490.00

The BMW 5-Series Touring is luxury on wheels, and is built to appeal to the better nature of the most discerning of men. Its sharp eye for detail combined with its stylish looks will draw you in initially, but step inside the cabin and you will fall in love with this car even more. Equipment is plentiful and every new car sports the latest iDrive system combining all of your entertainment and navigation into one easy to use gadget. The boot offers 560 litres of space with the rear seats in place and 1670 when they are folded down, and when you combine all this with a thrilling ride experience, the 5-Series really is the one to beat. It may not be the cheapest estate car to buy, but because it is a car that is so in demand, you’ll benefit from its outstanding resale values. Choose the 520d SE to achieve maximum fuel economy.

Skoda Octavia Estate: Prices from £6990.00

Skoda has come a long way in the past few years and it is easy to see why, when you consider that you’re getting a car which contains many of the leading characteristics from a Volkswagen car as well as sharing its line up of high performing engines – and all this for a much cheaper, bargain price. If you are looking for something less fancy, but equally able to do the job then this sturdy estate is a great choice. Its offers plenty of room for passengers including a huge 580 litres of boot space which extends to 1620 litres with the seats down. We’d recommend opting for the Skoda Octavia Estate 1.4 TSI SE petrol engine, although the engine might not sound that revvy, its plenty enough to power the car and it comes with an excellent selection of equipment as standard to include alloy wheels, remote central locking, electric rear windows and a CD-changer

Posted by Leana Kell on 26/09/2012