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Best high MPG estate cars of 2024

One of the most compelling reasons to buy an estate over an SUV is that the lower, sleeker car will generally have better fuel economy. Here are ten of the most frugal, but beware of a caveat — most of the cars on this list are plug-in hybrids, and to get the best economy from them, you’ll have to plug in and fully charge the battery as much as you possibly can.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate

1. Mercedes C-Class Estate PHEV (404mpg)

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate review
Battery range up to 35 miles
Volvo V60

2. Volvo V60 PHEV (353mpg)

Volvo V60 review
Battery range up to 31 miles
Skoda Octavia Estate

3. Skoda Octavia Estate PHEV (273mpg)

Skoda Octavia Estate review
Battery range up to 46 miles

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Skoda Superb Estate (2019-2023)

4. Skoda Superb Estate PHEV (245mpg)

Skoda Superb Estate (2019-2023) review
Battery range up to 44 miles
Citroen C5 X
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5. Citroen C5 X PHEV (236mpg)

Citroen C5 X review
Audi A6 Avant

6. Audi A6 Avant PHEV (217mpg)

Audi A6 Avant review
Battery range up to 32 miles
BMW 3 Series Touring

7. BMW 3 Series Touring PHEV (202mpg)

BMW 3 Series Touring review
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (2020-2023)

8. Mercedes E-Class Estate PHEV (202mpg)

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (2020-2023) review
BMW 5 Series Touring

9. BMW 5 Series Touring PHEV (177mpg)

BMW 5 Series Touring review
Battery range up to 29 miles
Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

10. Toyota Corolla Touring Sports (61mpg)

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports review

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For most family cars, we’d consider anything in the 50mpg ballpark to be ‘good’ and anything around 40mpg to be ‘average.’ Most of the cars on this list are plug-in hybrids, so have the potential to achieve much, much better economy (think 100mpg-plus), but only if you plug them in with absolute regularity and have journeys almost exclusively within the confines of their electric driving ranges.

The biggest benefit is lower running costs — the less fuel you’re burning, the less money you’re spending, and with petrol and diesel prices on rise, that can only be a good thing. Less fuel burned also means lower emissions, of course, so the whole planet benefits, and almost any estate car will be cheaper to run and have lower emissions than an equivalent SUV.

Ironically, given the load-lugging abilities of an estate car, taking excess weight out is one of the best ways to improve fuel efficiency. Don’t use a bulky roof box unless you really have to, and you can save lots of miles per gallon by driving a little more carefully — anticipating traffic situations ahead, driving smoothly, braking gently. The easiest way to save on fuel? Slow down a bit — just knocking 10mph off your speed can chop a whole heap off your fuel bills.

To find out more about how you can improve your car's fuel economy, check out our guide on ways to get better mpg.