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 and your sports paraphernalia to the nearest leisure facility in any of these bargain used estates...
8. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate
Mercedes-Benz made huge efforts to improve quality with this generation of C-Class, so it has something of an unimpeachable nature to it. It’s by no means flawless: the design of the interior is rather stoic and Mercedes’ propensity to use lots of high-tech engineering solutions means things can get expensive when parts wear out or break. But this C-Class Estate still has one of the largest boots in its class, which, along with handsome looks and that premium branding, makes it highly desirable. Our budget buys examples from before the 2015 facelift.
We found: 2014 Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI Estate Executive SE auto, 58,420, £9670
Desirability is something that Audi has managed to somehow engineer into the A4 Avant. This is an estate that doesn’t feel like some unrefined workhorse: its sloping rear roofline makes it just as stylish as the A4 saloon. While the A4 Avant's boot isn’t the largest in the class, it features high-quality carpet, chrome hooks and neat cubbyholes to enable you to make intelligent use of what space there is. Along with the solidity of a beautifully finished dashboard, all this means there are few estates that are quite so classy.
We found: 2016 Audi A4 Avant 1.4 TFSI Sport, 97,000 miles, £9990
6. BMW 5 Series Touring
You may have to settle for a 5 Series Touring that's older and leggier than some of the other cars in this list, but it'll be worth it because of this car’s consummate all-round abilities. There's a large range of engines to choose from, but the most popular 520d diesel provides the best blend of performance and economy. Watch for timing chain problems on early, high-mileage 518d and 520d cars (this seems to have been fixed in the 2013 facelift), but find a good one and you'll be getting a great-value used estate car.
We found: 2015 BMW 518d Touring SE, 89,000 miles, £8950
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