Best used 4x4 estate cars (and the ones to avoid)

Want 4x4 for wintery conditions, but don't fancy an SUV? These spacious and stable used estate cars have got your back...

1. Best used 4x4 estate cars (and the ones to avoid)
Best used 4x4 estate cars
Mercedes E-Class Estate
Mercedes E-Class Estate interior
Subaru Outback
Subaru Outback
Volvo V90
Volvo V90 interior
Volkswagen Golf Alltrack
Volkswagen Golf Alltrack interior
Audi A4 Avant
Audi A4 Avant interior
Volkswagen Passat Alltrack
Volkswagen Passat Alltrack interior
Seat Leon X-Perience
Seat Leon X-Perience interior
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
BMW 3 Series Touring
BMW 3 Series Touring interior
Skoda Superb Estate
Skoda Superb Estate
Mini Clubman Estate
Volvo XC70
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One of the biggest reasons for the rising popularity of SUVs is that many of them come with four-wheel drive and, therefore, a big slice of confidence when winter weather comes around. But SUVs have their drawbacks, too: their loftier stature means they incur greater fuel consumption, and more often than not, the higher centre of gravity means they’re more likely to lean over when going around corners – which might make your passengers feel a little seasick.

Happily, if you want four-wheel drive without the added height and weight of a traditional SUV, there is an answer, and it comes in the oft-forgotten niche of the four-wheel-drive estate car. These models hide four-wheel-drive running gear beneath either a conventional estate body, or one that’s been raised up a couple of inches in order to give more ground clearance. The result is a car that marries the benefits of a big, spacious estate to the traction and all-weather ability of four-wheel drive.

What’s more, you don’t have to buy new to take advantage of cars like these. There’s a welter of options out there on the used market, too, and many are surprisingly good value, putting them within easy reach. To prove it, we’ve combed through the classifieds in order to bring your our favourites – as well as two we’d advise you to steer clear of.

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