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Car of the Year Awards 2023: Best estate car to drive

While estates lack the fashionable status of SUVs, they’re more practical. But an estate also needs to be a pleasure to spend time in, and easy to live with beyond the simple virtue of space...

Best estate car to drive

BMW 3 Series Touring 320i M Sport [Pro Pack]

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If you want a car that’s exciting to drive but also need a bit of everyday versatility, the BMW 3 Series Touring is unbeatable.

It’s every bit as rewarding on a favourite country road as the saloon version, with class-leading agility and no shortage of power, even in entry-level 320i form. And if you go for the Pro Pack, you get adaptive suspension that maintains uncanny body control while bringing a much smoother ride (although the Audi A4 Avant has it beaten if absolute comfort is your goal).

BMW 3 Series Touring interior dashboard

The 3 Series also has lots of handy features that make life easier. For example, the back seats split 40/20/40 so you can feed in longer items, and the window in the tailgate opens so you can toss in smaller items quickly and easily.

Yes, the Skoda Superb can deliver a bit more flat-pack furniture, but the 3 Series Touring is more fun on the way.

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