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Best used estate cars (and the ones to avoid)

In need of a practical car to suit an active lifestyle? Don't rule out an estate. Check out our top 10 favourites here...

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The estate car may be a bastion of practicality, but it's had a pretty tough time in recent years. First came the MPVs, with their flipping, swivelling, folding seats that offer more versatility than you could shake a stick at; then came the SUVs, with their rufty-tufty image and a tall ride height that offers a great view out.

Against such formidable competition, you might wonder whether there’s any point in buying an estate car. Well, in fact, modern estates have plenty to offer. For one thing, most are much better to drive than an SUV or MPV. What’s more, because estates don’t usually have to be built with space for a four-wheel drive system under the floor, many offer more room inside than an equivalent SUV.

And the best news is that a used estate is usually excellent value for money. To prove it, here’s our round-up of the top 10 best ones.

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