What alternatives should I consider to a used Vauxhall Insignia estate?
The Ford Mondeo is an excellent estate car, with plenty of space up front and a large boot. The load lip is quite low, so it's helpful for those who have dogs. Rear leg space isn’t as good as it is in the Insignia Grand Sport, but the Mondeo has a strong range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from and remains a quiet and comfortable cruiser on the motorway.
If you want the most interior space for your money, then the Skoda Superb Estate would be, well, a superb choice. There are lots of efficient diesel engines and the 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol is remarkably capable, too. Besides its generous rear leg room, the boot is enormous.