Estate cars are a fantastic way of having all the storage space you might find in an SUV without the massive fuel costs. Combined with a fuel-sipping diesel engine, they’re some of the most sensible cars you can buy. Read our top 10, however, and you’ll see the best in class don’t necessarily sacrifice style or fun.
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1. Skoda Superb Estate TDI 150
The Skoda Superb Estate is one of the best cars on the market thanks to its emphasis on space, luxury and value for money. Inside, it’s huge – while it competes in the same class as the Ford Mondeo, there’s no contest when it comes to interior space. It boasts a 660-litre load bay – a full 135 litres more than the Ford – and four six-footers can sit inside with unparalleled ease.
Equipped with the excellent 148hp 2.0-litre diesel – which returns a claimed 68.9mpg and a hits 0-62mph in a respectable nine seconds – it costs just £23,290. At that price it’s an absolute steal and easily takes the top spot on this list – there are almost no reasons not to recommend it.
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2. Volkswagen Passat Estate TDI 150
The Superb’s closest rival comes from within the VW family. The Volkswagen Passat Estate uses the same 2.0-litre diesel engine and, in official tests it is even more frugal – 70.6mpg is an impressive claim for a car of this type.
A 650-litre boot is almost as large as the Skoda’s and passenger space – though slightly less generous than the enormous Superb – is still excellent. What the Passat offers, is a level of material quality inside with which the cheaper Skoda can’t quite match. Dashboard plastics feel soft to the touch, and every button and switch feels reassuringly solid.
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3. BMW 320d Touring
Buyers unwilling to fully sacrifice a sporty feel from behind the wheel in the name of practicality should turn to the BMW 320d Touring. This practical compact executive can return a claimed 67.3mpg, yet accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds – the fastest on our list.
A 500-litre boot isn’t the largest here, but it’s a good size and its wide, low opening makes it more useful than the 3 Series Saloon. The extra space out back hasn’t come at the expense of enjoyment either – the 3 Series Touring feels no different to the saloon variant, so expect a ride and handling balance better than almost anything else in the class.
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4. Skoda Octavia Estate 1.6 TDI
With the Skoda Octavia Estate making its way into number four, the Czech brand proves once again that it knows how to produce a sensible, cheap estate car. For many, it’ll be all the car they’ll ever need.
While the Octavia doesn’t take up a significant amount of space on the road – at 4,659mm, it’s only 35mm longer than the BMW 3 Series – there’s loads of room inside for passengers, and a vast 610-litre boot for their luggage. Fitted with the 1.6-litre diesel engine, CO2 emissions dip below 100g/km for £0 road tax and fuel economy tops 74.6mpg in official tests.
5. Mercedes E220 CDI Estate
As the largest car on or list, it shouldn’t come as a massive shock to discover that the Mercedes E-Class Estate lays claim to the biggest boot here. At 695-litres, there are few cars of any type that can compete with it. Fold the rear seats away, and that volume expands to a van-like 1,950 litres.
When you’re not loading loading its boot, it’s easy to appreciate behind the wheel the car’s impeccable refinement and smooth ride quality. The cabin is just as stylish and solidly built as we’ve come to expect from a Mercedes, too. The diesel engine is a little noisy but offers plentiful torque, smooth power delivery and is capable of returning a claimed 64.2mpg.
6. Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC
The distinctive and angular Honda Civic Tourer stands out from many of the more staid alternatives in the family estate car crowd, but it backs it up with serious boot space, too. A 642-litre volume is one of the largest on our list, and there’s even more space under the boot floor to hide valuable items.
When combined with the 1.6-litre diesel, the Tourer returns a claimed 74.3 mpg, and CO2 emissions are low enough to qualify it for free road tax. With a smooth power delivery and a brilliant six-speed manual gearbox, the Civic is a very easy car to live with.
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7. Peugeot 308 SW 1.6 BlueHDi
The Peugeot 308 SW is subjectively one of the most handsome estate cars on sale, and by most sensible measures, it’s one of the most desirable, too. When equipped with the 118hp 1.6-litre ‘BlueHDI’ diesel engine, it’s capable of a remarkable 88.3mpg, making it one of the most frugal diesels available of any type.
The 660-litre boot is better even than the Honda Civic’s, while the rest of the cabin is built to a very high standard. Priced at £20,845 – £5 less than the slower, less frugal Skoda Octavia, it makes for a highly accomplished estate car.
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8. Mazda 6 Tourer 2.2D 150
In recent years, Mazda has become the enthusiast’s choice at the mainstream end of the market. The Mazda 6 Tourer maintains that reputation, feeling sharp and flat through corners without ever feeling overly firm or uncomfortable. The 2.2-litre diesel hauls the estate body around at a fine pace, reaching 62mph from rest in 9.0 seconds while being capable of 68.9mpg, too.
A 506-litre boot is more than large enough for most buyers’ needs, despite being slightly compromised by the swooping roofline. The cabin is well-screwed together and, in the case of the leather-trimmed top-spec models, a lovely place to sit, too.
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9. Dacia Logan MCV 1.5 dCi
If value for money is the number one priority, stop your search now and get yourself a Dacia Logan MCV. Equipped with an excellent 1.5-litre diesel engine, it costs from £9,595, making it comfortably the cheapest car on this list.
That engine is more than up to the task, too. The Renault-sourced unit is frugal and smooth and, with CO2 emissions of 99g/km, road tax won’t cost a penny. As you might expect, the low price does come at the expense of some modern amenities. You get electric windows, remote central locking and USB/AUX ports for the stereo, butnot much else. Nevertheless, the 573-litre boot is unmatched at this price.
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10. Kia cee’d SW 1.6 CRDi
The Kia Cee’d Sportswagon is a sharply-styled yet competitively priced alternative to the likes of the Skoda Octavia and Peugeot 308. A 528-litre boot means it’ll cope well with family life, and that space can expand to 1,642 litres if you fold the rear seats down.
The 1.6-litre diesel is a refined unit overall, and is claimed to achieve 64.2mpg in official tests. Priced from £17,695, it’s usefully cheaper than the closest competition, too.
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