What alternatives should I consider to a used Honda Accord estate?
The Ford Mondeo Estate is both good to drive and extremely practical. The boot is huge, and interior space is plentiful. On top of that there's a wide range of engines, most of which are smooth and fairly refined, and it shouldn't cost you a bundle to run.
Like the Mondeo, the Volkswagen Passat Estate is good to drive and has an enormous boot, larger than the Accord's. With the Passat there's a large range of desirable and familiar engines, combining performance and efficiency, and a classy interior of exceptional quality.