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Best used estate cars for less than £20,000 (and the ones to avoid)

If you're after space and practicality but don't want an SUV, the traditional estate car is hard to beat. Here we reveal the best and worst used buys for less than £20,000...

Used Volkswagen Golf estate

7. Volkswagen Golf Estate

How do you improve on a car that's often described as all the vehicle you'd ever need? Make it an estate. The Volkswagen Golf is a great all-rounder, but if you need a bit more fridge-carrying capability, you’ll need the estate version. It’s a very pleasant car to drive and a very relaxing motorway cruiser. Go for a diesel model to get something with plenty of pulling power. And if you want something engaging, there’s always the 306bhp four-wheel-drive R version to consider. The all-new Mk8 hits the showrooms soon, so expect good deals on this Mk7 version, especially on the used car forecourt. 

We found: 2019 Volkswagen Golf Estate 2.0 TDI SE, 4999 miles, £18,250

Read the used Volkswagen Golf estate review here

6. Audi A4 Avant

Used Audi A4 Avant 15-present

You’d think that the battle between the BMW 3 Series Touring and the Audi A4 Avant would be a lot closer, but the A4 Avant is a far better estate car, because of its longer load area and more uniform boot shape. Match that with a better driving position and a classier interior and you have a very fine estate car indeed. A front-wheel-drive A4 won’t outhandle a rear-wheel-drive 3 Series, but the safe and secure handling of this Audi will be more than sufficient for most drivers. What's more, its refined motorway manners are hugely impressive, whether you're a driver or a passenger.

We found: 2018 Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI 190 Ultra Sport, 15,000 miles, £17,950

Read the used Audi A4 Avant review here

5. Skoda Superb Estate

Used Skoda Superb Estate 16-present

If you disregard your demands for a premium badge for one moment and consider the square-footage of car you could get instead, you’ll be looking at the Skoda Superb Estate: a car that does almost everything the equivalent Mercedes E-Class Estate and BMW 5 Series Touring do but for a fraction of the price. For our £20k budget, you can afford a really well-equipped Superb with below-average mileage and still have your pick of petrol or diesel options. That being said, we’d stick with a diesel for the additional torque. Then you can utilise all of the car’s load-carrying capacity to the full.

We found: 2019 Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE L Executive, 9000 miles, £18,995

Read the used Skoda Superb Estate review here