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...

Skoda Octavia Estate

1. Skoda Octavia Estate

It's a victory for the wonderful Octavia Estate. It might not look like it’ll set your heart on fire, but the Octavia Estate is probably, in the real world, one of the best all-round used cars you can buy. Indeed seldom will you encounter a car that offers such space and practicality, such easy-going refinement and such superb value for money. If sheer size is your only requirement, the Octavia Estate should definitely be your number one choice – it's spacious inside, and the boot is one of the biggest you'll find anywhere.  What's more, the Octavia Estate benefits from some of the Volkswagen Group’s best engines, meaning there's something for everyone, from lively petrols to frugal diesels, and all at a reasonable price. It's a fantastic all-rounder.

We found: 2017 Skoda Octavia Estate 1.4 TSI SE, 29,000 miles, £9500

Read the used Skoda Octavia Estate review

And the estate cars to avoid…

Hyundai i40 Tourer

Deal of the day: Hyundai i40 Tourer

Not in itself a bad car, with a long warranty from new, but the i40 Tourer isn't competitive enough in a number of key areas. 

Fiat Tipo Station Wagon

2016 Fiat Tipo - everything you need to know

Unloved and largely forgotten, the Tipo is not without its blessings, but its rivals all do things better. 

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