Real-world MPG: most economical estates 2016
The most economical estate cars, as assessed by our True MPG fuel testers...
6. Peugeot 308 SW 2.0 BlueHDi 150 Allure – official 70.6mpg; True MPG 58.0mpg
The Peugeot 308 is a stylish looking estate that is decent to drive, comfortable, plus, somewhat importantly in this grouping, cheap to run with a practical boot. The cabin looks modern and features Peugeot’s i-Cockpit design, which places the instruments above a small steering wheel for better clarity. Rear-seat legroom is not as generous as in some rivals and although it’s priced competitively and well equipped, the 308 suffers from poor resale values.
7. Volkswagen Golf Estate 1.6 TDI SE 105 – official 72.4mpg; True MPG 56.2mpg
The Golf Estate’s load space is on par with that of the Skoda Octavia Estate, but the VW is classier inside and better to drive. Clever features, such as a height-adjustable boot floor and handles in the boot to drop the rear seats, mean it’s now one of the best family cars you can buy. In fact, it was our 2014 Estate Car of the Year.
8. BMW 320d Touring Efficient Dynamics – official 58.0mpg; True MPG 56.1mpg
The 320d Touring is the best-handling car on this list – as long as you add the optional adaptive suspension. There's a large, flat load bay and the cabin feels luxurious. It is expensive to buy but does make up for this with lots of equipment and good resale values. A 320d GT is worth considering as an alternative.
9. Skoda Superb Estate 1.6 TDI - official 67.3mpg; True MPG 56.1mpg
The Superb Estate is our Estate Car of the Year 2016 and it’s a very worthy winner. It’s not just huge, Skoda has packed it with neat touches that make it practical, comfortable and very easy to live with. In our real-world fuel tests, the Superb Estate returned 56.1mpg, an impressive figure given the car’s size.
10. Dacia Logan MCV 1.5dCi – official 74.3mpg; True MPG 54.2mpg
The Dacia Logan is the cheapest car to buy on this list, as even the top-of-the-range model costs less than £11,000. It claims an official 99g/km of CO2 and 74.3mpg, so should be relatively cheap to run as well. It's not quite as efficient as that in the real world, but our testers still got 54.2mpg out of the Logan. It's a very practical affordable car as well, with a decent 573 litre boot that extends to 1518 litres with the seats folded. A very affordable way to carry a lot of stuff.