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...

Volkswagen Passat Estate

1. Volkswagen Passat Estate

When you have £20k to spend on a used car, you expect to get something that can do it all. That's the best way to describe the Volkswagen Passat: a car that looks smart, drives nicely, is efficient and comes with all the equipment you’d expect of a premium vehicle. And the estate version is highly practical, too, with no loss in refinement over the regular version.

The Passat has just recently been updated with a revised interior, updated engines and new equipment, but a pre-facelift example is still a fantastic choice. The intuitive infotainment system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, an impressive amount of space for all passengers and a boot big enough for even the plumpest of sofas. Go for a sensible 2.0-litre diesel engine for the best combination of performance - even when fully loaded - and fuel economy.

We found: 2019 Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI SE Business, 6638 miles, £18,995 

The used Estate to avoid: Subaru Levorg

Subaru Levorg

2015 Subaru Levorg priced at 27,495

If reliability is your utmost concern in a car, there's something to be said for buying a Subaru Levorg. Trouble is, there aren't that many examples available for sale used, the interior isn’t befitting of a car that cost £30,000 when new and it offers only a thirsty petrol engine, so you might as well stick with an inefficient SUV anyway.

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