Best estate cars

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If you’re after bags of everyday space but you don’t want to commit to the van-like dimensions and styling of an MPV, there are some great family estate cars on offer that should do the job.

Tricks to look out for include electrically operated tailgates or even rear hatches that will open automatically if you wave your foot under the rear bumper; they’re particularly handy if you’re trying to load in a heavy, bulky item. You should also look for handles in the side of the boot itself that can drop down the rear seats; they’re much more convenient than having to walk around the side of the car to do it.

There are some terrific estates at most price ranges. The humble Dacia Logan MCV offers cavernous space for not much cash at all - albeit with a few caveats on comfort and interior finish - but if you can stretch to the Skoda Fabia Estate then it may just be all the car you ever need.

Further up the price range, our reigning Estate Car of the Year is the Skoda Superb Estate - it’s great to drive, and as practical as most people should ever need. Meanwhile, for serious mile-munching ability and a premium, well-finished cabin it’s hard to look beyond the BMW 520d Touring.

Our favourites

Our top ten Estate cars

NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Skoda Superb Estate

Β£19,785Β£18,291 Rated 5 out of 5
Skoda Superb

BMW 5 Series Touring

Β£32,535Β£28,262 Rated 5 out of 5
BMW 5 Series

Skoda Fabia Estate

Β£12,405Β£11,484 Rated 4 out of 5
Skoda Fabia

Ford Mondeo Estate

Β£21,490Β£19,903 Rated 5 out of 5
Ford Mondeo

Volkswagen Golf Estate

Β£17,860Β£tbc Rated 5 out of 5
Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Passat Estate

Β£23,690Β£tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Passat

Skoda Octavia Estate

Β£17,430Β£16,192 Rated 4 out of 5
Skoda Octavia

Seat Leon ST Estate

Β£18,175Β£15,822 Rated 4 out of 5
Seat Leon ST Estate

Kia Ceed Sportswagon

Β£16,565Β£15,031 Rated 3 out of 5
Kia Ceed Sportswagon

Audi A4 Avant

Β£27,115Β£25,241 Rated 4 out of 5
Audi A4

Also in this category

NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

BMW 3 Series

Rated 4 out of 5
BMW 3 Series

Ford Focus

Rated 3 out of 5
Ford Focus

Subaru Levorg

Rated 2 out of 5
Subaru Levorg

Mini Clubman

Rated 4 out of 5
Mini Clubman

Dacia Logan

Rated 3 out of 5
Dacia Logan

Volvo V60

Rated 3 out of 5
Volvo V60Volvo V60

Hyundai I40

Rated 3 out of 5
Hyundai I40Hyundai I40

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