The 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring shows BMW at the top of its game. It's great to drive and very practical, so it's a very appealing executive estate car. The boot isn't quite as capacious as that of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, but it provides enough cargo space, and the standard self-levelling suspension helps it cope with heftier loads. The latest 5 Series Touring only went on sale in June 2017, so discounts are still fairly thin on the ground, but it should have outstanding resale values.
Our pick: 520d SE
The Skoda Fabia hatchback is a former What Car? Car of the Year, so it's no surprise that the estate version impresses, too. It's superbly practical and very affordable to buy and run. As you'd expect, there's a lot of standard safety equipment and the driving experience is also fairly good. If you're looking for a practical estate that's not too big, look no further.
Our pick: 1.2 TSI 90 SE
Mercedes-Benz has a long history of building large family wagons, and the new E-Class Estate is its best yet. It offers more luggage space than all its rivals, while passengers also get plenty of room to stretch out and the interior is both sophisticated and plush. The 5 Series Touring is more fun to drive around corners, but the E-Class Estate is the more comfortable cruiser and it's impressively refined.
Our pick: E220 d SE
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