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Real-world MPG: most economical estates 2016

The most economical estate cars, as assessed by our True MPG fuel testers

Words ByMatthew Burrow

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11. Mazda 6 Tourer 2.2 Skyactiv-D 150 – official 64.2mpg; True MPG 53.9mpg

The 148bhp diesel is the least powerful on offer, but delivers more than enough performance to suit most people’s needs. Also, bearing in mind that the 6 is a big car, it backs up its impressive economy with low CO2 emissions of just 118g/km. Its size means it is also extremely practical, too, with up to 1664 litres of boot space and generous accommodation for four adults. Only a hard ride and some suspect cabin materials spoil the party.

Read our full review of the Mazda 6 Tourer

12. Ford Mondeo Estate 1.6 TDCi - official 67.3mpg; True MPG 53.3mpg

The Mondeo Estate is one of the best handling estate cars on the market. The only one that beats it is the BMW 3 Series which is considerably smaller and more expensive. The Ford has a spacious cabin with plenty of room for passengers and their luggage. The boot is huge but does without some of the neat touches of its rivals like a height-adjustable floor. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is our pick of the range and returned a decent 53.3mpg in our real-world fuel economy tests.

Read our full review of the Ford Mondeo Estate

13. Mercedes CLA 200 CDI Shooting Brake - official 68.9mpg; True MPG 53.0mpg

The CLA Shooting Brake is one of the most stylish estate cars on the market. All models get a generous specification and a 495-litre boot. There are more practical rivals but none will turn heads like the Mercedes.

Read our full review of the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake

14. Peugeot 508 SW 2.0 BlueHDi - official 65.7mpg; True MPG 53.0mpg

Four tall adults will fit comfortably in the Peugeot 508 SW. Rivals are more comfortable and quieter but the Peugeot is still decent to drive. This 2.0-litre diesel model returned 53.0mpg in our real-world fuel tests.

Read our full review of the Peugeot 508 SW

15. Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI 150 – official 68.9mpg; True MPG 52.9mpg

The Passat might not be right at the top of this list of real-world economy, but it is right up the top of its class in many other ways. It has a huge boot, a plush and spacious cabin and it is wonderfully refined on the move. It's one of the best estate cars you can buy.

Read our full VW Passat Estate review

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