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...

BMW 5 Series Touring front

1. BMW 5 Series Touring

Our winner here is the wonderful BMW 5 Series Touring. While it 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.

All in, it's a great car, based on a wonderful luxury saloon that's been one of our favourites for years. Our money should buy you a good 2018 car with an average mileage for the year and in excellent condition. 

We found: 2018 520d M Sport auto, 20,900 miles, £24,500

Read the used BMW 5 Series Touring review here

The used Estate to avoid: Subaru Levorg

2015 Subaru Levorg priced at 27,495

If reliability is your utmost concern in a used car, then there might be something to be said for getting a Subaru Levorg. Trouble is, there aren’t that many of them available for sale, the interior isn’t befitting a car that once cost £30,000 when new and you might as well go for an inefficient SUV anyway because of the Levorg’s thirsty petrol engine.

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