You’ve seen those trendy types advertising posh estate cars and you want a piece of that lifestyle. Perhaps you like the idea of couples’ dogs, going for runs through tall grass and taking up watersports - wakeboarding, though; kitesurfing is far too 2003. You want to realise this idyllic dream, but fear you don’t have that sort of disposable income. Well, don’t worry, because the most obtainable part of this whole scenario, the car, could be yours for less than £10,000.
Estate cars used to be the uncouth relation in the product family, but, thanks to classy styling, additional soundproofing and generously appointed load areas, they have become highly desirable models in their own right, often more sought-after than their saloon counterparts. Here’s a list of ten used estates you should look for, plus a couple of automotive blips you should avoid.
Best used estate cars for less than £10000
As you can see from the example we’ve found, the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is on our list because of the great value it offers. It may not drive as well as its contemporaries, but do you care all that much when you can get a reliable set of wheels, with a nicely finished interior and plenty of kit for such little money? Plus, its 2.0-litre diesel CDTi engine is pretty strong, especially when compared with the 1.6 norm.
The 3 Series Touring is more of a lifestyle estate than a flat-pack furniture hauler, but with each passing generation, BMW has tried to improve the utility of its junior estate. In this one, you can even load smaller items through the hinged back window if you don’t have room to open the whole tailgate. And when you are not hauling all sorts of clobber in the boot, it still drives just as well as the 3 Series saloon, making it an enjoyable estate to steer.
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