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Best used estate cars of 2024

Estate cars are some of the best all-rounders you can buy. You get a driving experience that’s almost indistinguishable from that of a saloon or hatchback, but with more space for your luggage, family and/or pets – and often with lower running costs than SUVs bring, too. Below are some of the best second hand estate cars worthy of making your shortlist.

Skoda Superb Estate (2019-2023)

1. Skoda Superb Estate

Skoda Superb Estate (2019-2023) review
Battery range up to 44 miles
BMW 3 Series Touring

2. BMW 3 Series Touring

BMW 3 Series Touring review
Volkswagen Golf Estate

3. Volkswagen Golf Estate

Volkswagen Golf Estate review
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (2016-2020)

4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (2016-2020) review
Battery range up to 33 miles
BMW 5 Series Touring (2017-2020)

5. BMW 5 Series Touring

BMW 5 Series Touring (2017-2020) review

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Skoda Octavia Estate

6. Skoda Octavia Estate

Skoda Octavia Estate review
Battery range up to 46 miles
Volvo V60

7. Volvo V60

Volvo V60 review
Battery range up to 31 miles
Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

8. Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer review
Ford Focus Estate

9. Ford Focus Estate

Ford Focus Estate review
SEAT Leon ST (2013-2020)

10. SEAT Leon ST

SEAT Leon ST (2013-2020) review

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Second hand estate cars FAQs

When buying any used car it’s a good idea to give it a once over, checking for any signs of damage to the wheels, bodywork and interior. You should also check it drives straight and true without any unusual sounds.

If they have been used for transporting pets or a lot of luggage, there could be more wear and tear in the boot than you’d normally expect, so double check this before buying.

Both the Skoda Superb and Octavia Estates are fantastic value for money. That’s because they have the biggest boots in their class with solid reliability and well-built interiors. However, the Skoda badge doesn’t command a premium, meaning you can get a great deal.

The Ford Focus Estate and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer are two more good value options. Both were affordable when new, and their ubiquity means used prices are kept reasonably low.

Reliability is important in any used car and while it’s impossible to guarantee, you can minimise the risk of something going wrong by leaning towards cars that have an extensive service history, as this shows they’ve been looked after. Some companies, such as Toyota and Kia, offer long warranties that can be transferred between owners.

It’s also worth considering that more mainstream brands, such as Ford and Vauxhall, will typically have lower repair costs than more premium names like BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Most estate cars will make for a useful camping companion because the large boot should easily accommodate your tents and other items required for staying out in the wilderness.

However, some cars are offered with rough road versions. They’re rarely true off-roaders, but the likes of the Volvo V60 Cross Country and Ford Focus Estate Active get a raised ride height and extra bodywork protection that make them ideal for heading off the beaten track.

There aren’t any models in particular that you should avoid, but reliability risks increase with age and mileage. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should steer clear of high mileage cars, though. It just means you might want a little extra paperwork to go with it.