4. Mazda 6 Estate
The Mazda 6 Estate is comparatively light, and while that does come at the expense of some refinement, it means that it handles rather well for a full-sized estate. Its boot opening is nice and wide to aid loading items into the gulf of space behind the rear seats, which expands even further when you fold the bench down. The 6 is even economical and quite reliable, making this estate a great overall package.
If you are in the market for a luxurious estate car, then no rival does it better than the BMW 5 Series Touring. None manages to provide the rear-drive handling balance, smooth-yet-powerful petrol and diesel engines or classy interior. This Touring model adds self-levelling rear suspension to keep heavy loads from spoiling the handling and you can even have an optional electric tailgate to really up the practicality quota. You have to settle for something a little older and with more miles to get yourself into a 5 Series Touring, but it’ll be worth it.
This second-generation Skoda Octavia estate features underpinnings shared with the Mk5 Volkswagen Golf, which means it gives you a car with proven Volkswagen technology, but which has a larger Skoda body on top. Granted, the Octavia doesn’t have the nicer interior flourishes of its more expensive sibling and lacks some of the upmarket plastics, but we reckon the vast boot and generous interior space it does provide more than make up for that.
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