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 Skoda Superb Estate 16-present

3. Skoda Superb

Used Skoda Superb Estate 16-present

The Skoda Superb estate is just like faux tile lino: it looks just as good as the real thing but you pay significantly less for it. The Superb offers similar amounts of room to all the best posh estate cars from Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW, but at a fraction of the cost. It drives nicely, too, and you don’t have to pay too much more for a high-spec version that’ll have all the extras befitting a luxury car. There’s a decent mix of petrol and diesel power for your £25,000, but we’d suggest going for the 2.0-litre diesel since the Superb is a big car and the extra torque of this diesel engine will be a real boon if you make liberal use of its load-carrying capabilities.   

We found: 2018 2.0 TDI 150 SE L Executive DSG, 8000 miles, £20,995

BMW 5 Series Touring (10 - 17)

While the 5 Series touring might lose out to some of its rivals in terms of overall boot volume, it is still very clever in how it uses the available space. First of all, it is one of only a few estate cars left where the glass can be opened independently from the door itself, which can be useful in tight parking spots and when you need access to the load area. Second, there’s no load lip to hump items over and the space is a nice square shape. A more flexible 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat gives you the ability to still carry people and longer loads if you need to.

It’s also good to drive with great handling balance, and the smooth automatic transmission that the majority of 5 Series buyers went for is the perfect accompaniment to any of the excellent engines available. The best option is the base 2.0-litre diesel (badged 520d) since it has plenty of performance and some stellar fuel economy figures. Just as well, really, that the interior is an excellent place to while away the miles and if you can find an example with BMW’s Professional Media navigation pack, you’ll get a larger screen with which to use the intuitive iDrive infotainment system.

We found: 2017 520d M Sport auto, 11,900 miles, £21,500

Read the used BMW 5 Series Touring review here

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