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...
5. Volkswagen Passat Estate
The Passat Estate has often been branded as being a bit dull, but you can’t fault its broad spread of abilities. It excels at being a smart-looking executive estate car with a rather nice interior, and while it doesn't offer anything in the way of an exciting drive, you don’t have to engage in such antics in order to maintain decent progress, thanks to flexible diesel engines. It will be quite economical, too.
We found: 2016 Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI BMT SE Business, 62,500 miles, £9995
4. Volkswagen Golf Estate
The Golf is a Swiss Army knife of a car: it can be a family transport, a long-distance cruiser and a classy urban car. And the additional boot capacity of the Golf Estate adds 'luggage hauler' to that list. The Mk7 Golf is a good car to drive, with an engine range that spreads from a 1.0 three-cylinder turbo petrol to a 306bhp unit in the Golf R performance model. For balance, it’s possibly best to stick with the economical 1.6-litre diesel or 1.4-litre turbo petrol, both of which are good all-rounders for those who regularly drive with cargo.
We found: 2016 Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE, 34,675 miles, £9817
3. Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer
The Astra Sports Tourer is on this list because of the great value it offers. This latest generation of Astra is smaller and lighter than its predecessor yet bigger inside, and it drives at least as well as any of its contemporaries. For our budget, you get a 2016 car with a good reliability record (so far) and a nicely finished interior featuring plenty of kit. Plus, it handles well, its engines are strong and refined and it rides well. Oh, and there's loads of space inside.
We found: 2017 Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.4T Tech , 30,000 miles, £10,000
2. Skoda Octavia Estate
If sheer size is your only requirement, the Octavia Estate should be your choice. It may not be glamorous, but it's wholesome transport for those on a budget. Its interior isn’t as classy as that of the closely related Volkswagen Golf Estate, but that’s fine, because it's functional and you can wipe it clean. You also get a newer Octavia than Golf for this money. What's more, the Octavia Estate benefits from some of the Volkswagen Group’s best engines, meaning there's something for everyone, and all at a reasonable price.
We found: 2016 Skoda Octavia Estate 1.6 TDI SE, 49,871 miles, £9000