Best used estate cars for less than £10,000 (and the ones to avoid)
In need of a practical car to suit an active lifestyle? Well, you can drive yourself to the nearest leisure facility in any of these bargain used estates...
Estate cars used to be the uncouth relation in the product family, but thanks to classy styling, much-improved refinement and generously appointed interiors they have become highly desirable models in their own right, often more sought-after than their saloon counterparts. Additionally, they're often much better to drive than any of their SUV competitors.
So, here’s a list of ten used estates for less than £10,000 that you should consider, plus a couple of automotive blips that you should avoid.
Best used estate cars for less than £10,000
10. Ford Mondeo Estate
The Mondeo Estate used to be the default load-lugging choice, because of its black-hole-like boot, but this version traded some of that capacity for looks. It's a handsome car, but it’s still rather large. This can be intimidating in car parks and has made it popular with taxi drivers, so many Mondeo Estates show the signs of a hard life. You, therefore, have to scout carefully to bag a nice example but do so and you'll get one of the most practical used estate cars on the market today.
We found: 2016 Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec 56,000 miles, £9750
9. BMW 3 Series Touring
The 3 Series Touring is more of a lifestyle estate than a flat-pack furniture hauler, but BMW has improved the utility of its smaller estate with each passing generation. In this model, 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 aren't hauling all sorts of clobber in the boot, it still drives just as well as the 3 Series saloon, making it a very enjoyable estate to steer. If you could buy a newer model with fewer miles for this money, it would have finished higher up this list.
We found: 2016 BMW 320d Touring Efficient Dynamics auto, 80,000 miles, £9995
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