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, now you can drive yourself and your sports paraphernalia to the nearest leisure facility in any of these bargain estates...
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 large estate with a rather nice interior. It doesn’t offer anything in the way of an exciting drive, but if you drove it with vigour then you'd be getting complaints from your passengers – be it those with two legs or four. But, thanks to flexible diesel engines, you don’t have to engage in such antics in order to maintain decent progress. Plus, it’ll be quite economical too.
We found: 2015 Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI BMT Tech SE Business, 62,456 miles, £10,000
The Volkswagen 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 allows it to add 'luggage hauler' to that list. This Mk7 Golf is a good car to drive, with an engine range that spreads from a 1.0 three-cylinder petrol to a 306bhp Golf R performance model. For balance, it’s possibly best to stick with the economical 1.6-litre diesel or 1.4-litre petrol, both of which are good all-rounders for those who regularly drive with cargo.
We found: 2015 Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE, 40,000 miles, £9995
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. This latest generation of Astra is smaller externally and lighter than before - but bigger inside - and it drives at least as well as all 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, too. Oh, and there's loads of space.
We found: 2016 Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTI 16V SRI, 30,000 miles, £10,000
If sheer size was your only requirement for an estate, then the Octavia Estate would be your choice. It may not be glamorous, but it is wholesome transport for those on a budget. Its interior isn’t as classy as that of the Volkswagen Golf upon which it is based, but that’s fine; it's functional and you can wipe it clean. You also get a newer Octavia than Golf for this money. The Octavia Estate also benefits from some of the Volkswagen Group’s best engines, meaning there is something for everyone, and all for a reasonable price.
We found: 2016 Skoda Octavia Estate 1.6 TDI SE L, 58,000 miles, £10,000
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