Best used estate cars for less than £25,000 (and the ones to avoid)

Looking for an antidote to a large SUV? Then try any one of these premium used estate cars for less than £25,000...

Used Volvo V90 16-present

6. Volvo V90

When you’re looking to spend this amount of money on a car you’d expect it to feel special, which is exactly what the Volvo V90 is. From its handsome exterior to its welcoming interior, you’d be hard-pressed not to be impressed by it. Okay, the steeply angled rear roofline means that it isn’t the most capacious estate car that Volvo has ever produced, but you’re unlikely to be filling the car up to the roof every time you get in it so this shouldn’t be a major issue. We’d stick with diesel power over the petrol because of the extra torque a diesel engine provides. It suits the V90 better since the handling leans more towards safety and ease of use rather than offering outright thrills.

We found: 2018 2.0 D4 Inscription, 34,000 miles, £23,995

Used Audi A4 Avant 15-present

Like the BMW 3 Series Touring, the Audi A4 Avant isn’t the biggest estate in this list, but we can forgive it because the boot itself is a very usable space that’ll meet all your everyday needs. First, it’s a very uniform shape with no wheel arch intrusions. There are places to tie items down to and you’ll get a more flexible 40:20:40 split-folding rear bench that’s much better for when you need to carry longer loads and passengers at the same time. We’d suggest you stick with a Sport model to get all the luxuries you really need, but if you must go for an S Line example, make sure it doesn’t have big wheels and sport suspension, otherwise the ride will be too firm.

We found: 2018 2.0 TDI 150 Ultra Sport, 32,000 miles, £21,000

Read the used Audi A4 Avant review

4. Volkswagen Passat estate

Used Volkswagen Passat Estate 16-present

True, there are many more interesting estate cars on the market, but few get on with the job quite as well as the Volkswagen Passat Estate. The interior is very well finished and houses a really good touchscreen infotainment system, and most get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can easily access phone functions. Passengers will be impressed with the sheer volume of leg and head room you get, and the boot is big enough to put most removals companies out of business. Stick with the 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine because it offers the best blend of fuel economy and performance for your money.

We found: 2018 2.0 TDI R Line DSG auto, 9000 miles, £21,750

Read the used Volkswagen Passat estate review here