Searching for a spacious car, but can’t bear to be without a little excitement each time you hit the road?
Fear not – you just need a fast estate car, and luckily there are plenty of choices on the market which cater for the practical petrolhead. Performance estate cars deliver a mouth-watering combination of a powerful engine up front with a huge boot out back, making these cars among the best all-rounders money can buy.
We’ve taken a look at 10 of our favourites. Which would you choose? If you’ve already picked your ideal new car, why not use our PCP calculator to get a better idea how much it could cost.
1 – Audi RS6
The quattro all-wheel drive, slick auto gearbox, and colossal 597hp output (in most extreme ‘Performance’ spec) from the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 means the RS6 delivers staggering performance. This two-tonne estate car will bludgeon its way through the 62mph barrier in only 3.7 seconds. The RS6 won’t just worry most supercars – it’ll destroy them.
Spec up the Audi RS6 in our car configurator to see the savings on offer.
2 – Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate
The regular Mercedes C-Class Estate is a fine car. Comfortable, refined and practical, for many it makes the ideal family transport.
Leave one in the hands of the AMG tuning division, however, and it turns into the Mercedes-AMG C63 – one of the world’s fastest estate cars, accelerating from 0-62mph in only 4.2 seconds. That performance comes courtesy of a 503hp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 – a unit shared with the AMG GT coupe. It’s every bit as exciting as it sounds.
Try our Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate configurator to see how much you could save.
3 – Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Estate
The AMG C63 isn’t the only fast Mercedes to make our list. Its bigger brother, the E63, gets to within 0.1 seconds of its 0-62mph time. The twin-turbo V8 spits out 585hp and 590lb ft of torque, catapulting the teutonic titan towards the horizon at an amusing yet concerning rate. The 695-litre boot is larger than anything else here, too.
See how much you could save by putting the Mercedes E63 AMG in our car configurator.
4 – Volvo V60 Polestar
Polestar’s magic has transformed the V60 into one of the most potent estate cars on sale in the UK. A turbocharged 3.0-litre straight six engine pumps out 345hp, enough for a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds. All of that performance is kept in check by huge brakes supplied by Brembo and advanced dampers built by Ohlins – the same units used for the Lamborghini Aventador!
See the reductions available by picking your ideal Volvo V60 in our car configurator.
5 – VW Golf R Estate
The VW Golf R Estate is the car to beat all cars – if the critics are to be believed. Other Golf-based vehicles feature on this list but, naturally, Volkswagen saved the best kit for its own evergreen model. So you get the slick DSG twin-clutch auto (there’s no manual Golf R estate option), an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, and a fire-breathing 296hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol for monumental performance.
It’s a thrilling sports car when you’re in the mood, and a refined estate with a 606-litre boot when you’d rather take it easy. It’s a very tough car to fault.
See how much you can save on the by trying out our Volkswagen Golf R Estate configurator.
6 – Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport Tourer
In terms of offering the highest horsepower-per-pound, there is little else on the market which competes with the Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport Tourer. A total output of 321hp comes courtesy of a turbocharged 2.8-litre V6, which via a four-wheel drive system launches the VXR from zero to 62mph in just 5.9 seconds. Grip and traction are enormous, making it a searingly quick point-to-point machine.
Combined with a 500-litre boot and an asking price of just over £31,000 – even before you search for the best Vauxhall Insignia VXR deals through our car configurator – and it’s undoubtedly a practical performance bargain.
7 – SEAT Leon Cupra ST
Certainly one of the most stylish estates on the market at this price – the SEAT Leon Cupra ST is based on the Volkswagen Golf and gets the same great range of engines. The Cupra is the most potent available – it sends 286hp (276hp in earlier ‘280’ models) through the front wheels, helping it to crack the 0-62mph time in six seconds flat.
It’s great as an everyday proposition, too. The cabin is spacious and well-built, the boot will swallow 587-litres of luggage, and despite the speed it will still return a claimed 42.8mpg.
Build your perfect SEAT Leon ST Cupra in our car configurator to see the savings on offer.
8 – VW Passat BiTDI
A surprise on this list, many would expect Volkswagen’s Passat to be a capable, worthy but ultimately slightly mundane large family estate – albeit one with an enormous 650-litre boot. However, the decision to stick a 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine in means there is some serious performance on offer.
It’s the flexibility which is most impressive: with 369lb ft of torque available, in-gear acceleration is immense at any speed. It’s expensive for a Passat, but certainly feels as much in terms of perceived quality.
Spec up a Volkswagen Passat Estate in our car configurator to see how much you could save.
9 – Ford Focus ST Estate
The Ford Focus ST Estate mates a powerful 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine to a chassis tuned by some of the best in the business. It’s front-wheel drive, but Ford’s engineers have spent plenty of time making sure its chassis feels fun to drive – the regular Focus ST is among the most tail-happy front-driven car on sale today, but the extra weight towards the rear of the Estate makes it even more giggle-inducing…
Try our Ford Focus ST Estate configurator to see the discounts available.
10 – Skoda Octavia vRS Estate
Much like the SEAT Leon, the Skoda Octavia shares not only the Golf’s chassis (slightly stretched in this case) but a wide selection of its engines, too.
In the case of the vRS Estate, it’s treated to the same 2.0-litre turbo petrol used by the Golf GTI which, in the more practical Octavia body, makes for a supremely fast and useful package. Add in that it’s much cheaper than the Golf GTI and effectively as fast then choosing the Skoda becomes a bit of a no-brainer.
See how much you could save by putting the Skoda Octavia vRS Estate through our car configurator.
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