Best estate cars 2021

The best estate cars are spacious, great to drive and packed with tech. Here are the models we recommend – and the ones to steer clear of...

Best estate cars

The best estate cars offer more than just a big boot; the load area has to be a practical shape and allow easy access and the rear seats must be simple to fold flat.

These cars are often used for business as well as family motoring, so they need to combine a spacious, comfortable and well-equipped interior with low running costs and an enjoyable drive. And they need to do all that for an affordable price.

Here we count down our top 10 choices and reveal the models to avoid.

10. Audi A4 Avant

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Audi A4 Avant front three quarters

The A4 Avant is based on the Audi A4 saloon, and since the latter is a former What Car? Car of the Year, it's starting on a strong footing. Sure enough, then, the A4 Avant is refined, rides well and has a superb interior. It also has decent space inside, although some of the other cars on this list will offer even larger boots.

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9. Volvo V90

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Volvo V90

Volvo and estate cars go together like Ikea and flat-pack furniture, and the V90 is the most capacious of its current crop. Indeed, it's based on the Swedish brand's huge S90 luxury car, which means the interior is very classy and there's loads of space for passengers. As long as you're not looking for an inspiring drive, it's a fine choice.

Ford Focus Estate 2019 front right tracking

If you like the Ford Focus's sweet handling but wish it had more space, then this Focus Estate is for you. It has the best handling of any estate car, and has loads of space in the back for both people and luggage. Go for our recommended 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine for the best experience.

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