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Used Car of the Year Awards contenders: estate cars
You’ll have to wait until 30 September for the winners of the 2021 What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards to be announced, but you can get a preview of the top contenders here...
Less than £10,000
Seat Leon ST
It may well have a rakish rump, but you can still fit a decent-sized chest of drawers in the back of the Leon ST with its rear seats folded down. It's great to drive, too, with a good range of punchy and efficient engines and enjoyable handling.
Skoda Fabia Estate
Small estates are a rarity, but the Fabia Estate is remarkably space-efficient on the inside, having a bigger boot than many cars from the class above, yet it still offers small car ease of use and running costs. It's good to drive and decently refined, too.
Skoda Octavia Estate
An Octavia Estate would be more than a match for an old Volvo estate in terms of carrying capacity, thanks to a vast load area. It also comes with a range of great engines and is comfortable to ride in. Most examples are in well-equipped SE trim with an easy-to-use infotainment system.
Less than £15,000
Audi A4 Avant
You can find some truly premium estates with our increased budget, the first of which is the A4 Avant. Audi interiors are known to be some of the best, and this car is no exception. It's good to drive, too, and hushed inside inside, and a flexible 40/20/40 split-folding rear bench makes the most of the available space.
BMW 3 Series Touring
Perhaps the reason why the popular 3 Series Touring costs as much as it does new is that it has multiple ways into the boot. BMW is one of the few manufacturers left that allows you to load the boot through the opening rear window on the tailgate, a boon in tight spaces when you don't have room to open the whole tailgate.
Volkswagen Passat Estate
The Passat Estate has both the interior quality and refinement to match its more upmarket rivals here, plus the cargo carrying capacity of a container ship. On top of that, it's good to drive, rides well and excellent value when bought at a couple of years old.
Less than £25,000
The V90 may have sacrificed some boot space for a more athletic and shapely rear end, but it can still haul an impressive amount around, plus rear leg room is plentiful. The safety technology that comes as standard is also impressive in comparison with that offered by rivals.
BMW 5 Series Touring
Like the smaller 3 Series, the 5 Series Touring has a split tailgate, but the 5 Series is also two cars in one: removals van and luxury car. It takes all that we love about the saloon – the driving manners, the comfort and the upmarket interior – and adds in a huge and well-appointed boot.
Mercedes E-Class Estate
Overall boot capacity honours have to go to the E-Class, because you could use it as a mobile king-sized bed with the back seats down. Find one with the twin digital screens and Burmester sound system option and it almost becomes a cinema on wheels. It's great value, too.
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