What alternatives should I consider to a used Hyundai i30 estate?
The Honda Civic Tourer might not be the most likely of rivals at first, but within its increased rear overhang is a boot of huge proportions and seats that can easily be made to fold completely flat. Rear head room is also increased over the standard Civic hatchback because of the higher roof.
If you like the added peace of mind of a long warranty, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports is a cracking alternative. It's available with petrol and diesel engines or a hybrid powertrain. The hybrid batteries don’t even impact boot space all that much, either, so it still makes for a capable estate.