Real-world MPG: estate cars that beat 54mpg

Our real-world fuel tests show you the most economical estate cars to buy right now, and all of them beat 54mpg

Words ByDarren Moss

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Most economical estate cars

What Car?'s True MPG technicians test new cars every week. However, unlike the Government figures that are generated by a laboratory test, our team's MPG numbers come after thorough test drives in real-world conditions.

This week we’re taking a look at the 10 most economical estates we’ve tested so far. Almost all are diesels, with the exception of one hybrid, and all have recorded more than 54mpg in our True MPG tests.

The 10 most economical estate cars

10. Dacia Logan MCV 1.5 DCi Laureate

Official 74.3mpg; True MPG 54.2mpg

The Logan MCV is the estate version of the Dacia Sandero. With the range starting from just Β£6995, it's also the cheapest estate car you can currently buy. Of course, with a price so low there are bound to be compromises, and despite being economical the Logan MCV is unrefined and uncomfortable to drive.

Read our full review of the Dacia Logan MCV

9. Skoda Superb Estate 1.6 TDI SE

Official 67.3mpg; True MPG 56.1mpg

The Skoda Superb Estate is our favourite car in this class, and we named it our Estate Car of the Year at the most recent What Car? Awards. It's earned a five-star road test rating, thanks to its class-leading interior space, excellent value for money and great interior. If you want a classy estate car, look no further.

Read our full Skoda Superb Estate review

8. BMW 3 Series Touring 320d Twinpower Turbo Modern

Official 58.0mpg; True MPG 56.1mpg

The BMW 320d Touring is the best-handling car on this list - as long as you add the optional adaptive suspension. There's a large, flat loadbay in the back and the interior feels luxurious. A 320d GT is worth considering as an alternative, too.

Read our full BMW 3 Series Touring review

7. Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE

Official 72.4mpg; True MPG 56.2mpg

It might be a slightly expensive choice in this market, but the Volkswagen Golf Estate is still well worth considering. It's got a spacious interior and it's good to drive - so long as you stick to the right engine. The 1.6-litre TDI tested here is our pick of the range, and company car drivers will appreciate its low CO2 emissions and excellent fuel economy.

Read our Volkswagen Golf Estate review

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