It may not be as temptingly priced as rivals such as the Ford Mondeo Estate and Mazda 6 Tourer, but the Passat Estate feels more upmarket and offers low company car costs. It's a great motorway cruiser that will easily munch through a long commute and copes with the practical needs of a family.
Our pick: 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business
Not only does the Golf do everything estate buyers will expect, but it also does the stuff that makes your day-to-day motoring life more enjoyable. Boot space is suitably vast, fit and finish are typically good quality, and there's loads of kit, with a DAB radio, Bluetooth and air conditioning all coming as standard. The Golf Estate isn't the cheapest estate to buy, but all of its engines are pretty light on fuel and resale values are strong, which should keep running costs down.
Our pick: 2.0 TDI 150 SE
In typical Ford fashion, the Mondeo Estate handles better than every rival except for the more expensive and smaller BMW 3 Series Touring. It's very competitively priced as well, both for private and company car buyers, and its 2.0-litre diesel engine is fast and fairly frugal. It's also easy to live with, thanks to a big boot, spacious interior and decent on-road refinement.
Our pick: 2.0 TDCi 150 Zetec
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