Estate cars make a great choice for families who don’t fancy a boxy MPV or chunky SUV. They offer a vast amount of boot space with traditional saloon car handling and affordable running costs. We’ve taken a look at the 10 best options on sale right now.
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1. Mercedes E-Class Estate
The Mercedes E-Class Estate merges excellent levels of practicality with effortless style. Not only is it comfortable and luxurious, but its elegant bodywork cloaks a vast 670-litre boot. Press a button to electronically fold the rear seats, however, and you’ll have access to a gigantic 1,820-litre load bay. A slim load lip and wide boot opening make loading heavy items a breeze, too.
The E-Class Estate features the same plush, high-quality cabin as the saloon with all the mod-cons and gadgets you’d expect from an executive estate. It’s offered with an excellent diesel engine capable of returning 61mpg, too.
2. Volvo V90
The Volvo V90 is a vast, sturdy estate car with a huge amount of cabin space and a practical 560-litre boot. This impressive figure grows to a cavernous 1,526 litres with the rear bench folded.
Its large dimensions mean a family of five should be perfectly comfortable in the Volvo’s smart and sturdy cabin. The V90 also comes with numerous high-tech systems including automatic emergency braking and semi-autonomous driving modes to help keep you safe on the road.
3. Skoda Superb Estate
The Skoda Superb Estate ticks pretty much all of the boxes on the family car checklist. Not only is it fairly affordable, well equipped and cheap to run but it has a huge 660-litre boot, too. Leave a few kids at home and you can fold the rear seats away to create a huge 1,950-litre load bay.
Beneath its smart body the Superb boasts a whole host of cubby holes and a handy electrically operated rear hatch on top-spec models. It’s well equipped with a high-quality interior and – thanks to entry-level models costing from just more than £20,000 – represents good value for money, too.
4. Audi A4 Avant
The Audi A4 Avant improves subtly on its predecessor’s smart styling and offers a plush new cabin and numerous mechanical upgrades. Plenty of standard equipment and a range of modern engines help make this one of the best estates in its class.
It boasts a generous 505-litre boot – fold the back row of seats down and this increases to an impressive 1,510 litres. This is slightly more than both the Mercedes C-Class Estate and BMW 3 Series Touring. A wide boot opening and a power-operated bootlid help make loading heavy items as simple as possible, too.
5. Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer
The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is one of the best value estates on our list. It boasts a typically commodious boot yet costs just £825 more than an Astra hatchback. It shares the standard car’s enjoyable handling and smart interior, too.
With five passengers on board you’ll be able to squeeze in 540 litres of luggage – fold the rear seats down and you’ll have space for 1,630 litres. An almost completely flat load bay helps with loading heavy or oddly shaped items, too.
6. Dacia Logan MCV
The Dacia Logan MCV isn’t the most stylish estate on the market but it is one of the most affordable. Entry-level cars will set you back less than £7,000 – nearly £10,000 less than the next cheapest car on our list – but all models boast a spacious 573-litre boot.
The Logan MCV’s not only cheap to buy but, thanks to a range of economical engines, should be cheap to run, too. The cabin feels quite dated and there’s little in the way of standard equipment but there’s no denying the Logan MCV represents exceptional value for money.
7. VW Passat Estate
The VW Passat Estate is a great all-round family car. It looks smart, sports a well-built interior and boasts a vast boot – its 650-litre load bay can be expanded to 1,780 litres by folding down the rear seat bench.
Loading the boot is made easier if you choose the optional powered bootlid, too. Sweep your foot under the rear bumper and the boot will spring open automatically so you can load heavy boxes without struggling with the key fob. The Passat Estate is slightly more expensive than rivals such as the Skoda Superb Estate, but its plusher interior may suit some buyers better.
8. Audi A6 Avant
The Audi A6 Avant makes a good alternative to the Mercedes E-Class Estate thanks to its great range of engines, relaxed driving experience and excellent build quality. The A6 Avant not only boasts a more spacious cabin than its A4 Avant cousin but comes with more equipment as standard.
Its boot space isn’t the biggest in its class but its practical square shape and 564-litre capacity should be more than enough for the odd trip to B&Q. Fold the rear seats away, however, and this space grows to an impressive 1,680 litres.
9. BMW 5 Series Touring
The BMW 5 Series Touring isn’t the newest executive estate on offer but it remains a practical, capable and roomy option. It enjoys the same comfortable ride, sharp handling and plush interior as the 5 Series saloon and comes with a similarly broad selection of efficient and sporty engines.
Fold the rear seats down and the Touring model boasts a 1,670-litre boot. Smooth rails on the floor make it easy to load large items, too, while the 40/20/40 split rear bench allows you to carry two passengers and a set of skis at the same time.
Read our BMW 5 Series Touring review for more information.
10. SEAT Leon ST
The SEAT Leon ST is a stylish, practical and affordable family car that proves an estate doesn’t have to look dull and uninspiring. The standard Leon’s sharp lines and curves have been carried over convincingly to the ST’s larger body.
Its £18,695 price tag and roomy 587-litre boot help make the Leon ST an attractive and good value option. If you need to carry bigger items, the rear seats can be folded to open up a respectable 1,470 load bay.
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