Estate cars are a great choice if you want your next car to be a bit more spacious and versatile than your average hatchback or saloon. Whether you’re after something sporty, luxurious, cost-effective or compact there’s an estate car out there for you. Here are our top 10 used estate cars.
1. BMW 3 Series Touring
The BMW 3 Series Touring is the estate car to choose if you’re after something practical that’s also fun to drive. This version was on sale new from 2012 until 2019, so there are plenty to choose from, including some with powerful petrol engines and others with very efficient diesels.
You get 495 litres of boot space, which is more than enough for the family’s holiday luggage, and an electric boot lid is included as standard. You can even open the rear window independently of the boot lid, which is very handy when you just want to lift a couple of bags of shopping in or out. If you want the best blend of economy, style and performance, opt for the BMW 320d M Sport.
2. Jaguar XF Sportbrake
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake gives you the full executive car experience with an extra dose of practicality. It’s a very satisfying car to drive, with a smooth and unflappable feel and excellent long-distance comfort.
Boot space is 565 litres, which is enough for four large suitcases, and there are handy features that help make loading and securing your stuff easier. These include an electrically operated boot lid, tie-down points on the floor and levers for folding the back seats down in an instant.
3. Ford Focus Estate
If you want a car that’s practical and affordable yet also enjoyable to drive look no further than the Ford Focus Estate. The latest model, which was launched in 2018, has a massive 608-litre boot space. That’s roughly double what you get in a Focus hatchback and more than you’ll find in some larger and more expensive estates.
As well as offering lots of space the Focus Estate is available with lots of useful tech features, including voice control, a heated windscreen and some very advanced safety equipment. There’s also a wide range of versions to choose from, including sporty ST-Line models and Vignale versions that have lots of extra luxury features. There’s even an Active model, which has more ground clearance and SUV-style exterior upgrades.
4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is one of the most practical and luxurious used estate cars you can buy. Boot space is an enormous 640 litres with all five seats in place, extending to a van-like 1,820 litres with the back seats folded down. That might mean you can make one trip to the tip instead of two, or that you don’t have to sacrifice any of the items you want to take with you on holiday.
The interior of the E-Class Estate is as comfortable as it is spacious and the sense of quality is matched by high-tech features and a dazzling infotainment system. There are several models to choose from, with very efficient diesel versions at one end of the range and outrageously fast AMG high-performance models at the other.
5. Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
Believe it or not, the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer is longer than big executive estate cars such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Volvo V90 which makes it one of the longest estate cars you can buy. It’s also one of the sleekest, as befits its ‘Sports Tourer’ name, and although it’s not as spacious as some of its rivals it has a 560-litre boot that’s larger than a Ford Mondeo Estate’s and has a usefully wide and low opening.
But where the Insignia Sports Tourer really shines is value for money. It’s remarkably inexpensive for such a large car, is very well-equipped and is available with some powerful yet efficient engines.
6. Skoda Octavia Estate
The Skoda Octavia Estate gives you the practicality of a large executive estate or mid-size SUV for the price of a family hatchback. Its 610-litre boot is perfectly suited to family life, allowing you to throw in kids’ bikes, pushchairs and bag after bag of shopping without worrying if they’ll all fit.
The model we’ve chosen was on sale new from 2013 to 2020 (the current model is bigger but more expensive) so there are plenty of cars to choose from, including fuel-efficient diesel versions, a high-performance vRS model and a luxurious Laurin & Klement version. Whichever version you choose you’ll enjoy a smooth, comfortable drive and an interior that’s wonderfully practical, easy to use and feels built to withstand the demands of family life.
7. Volvo V90
Volvo is famous for its big estate cars and the latest V90 uses all of that know-how to create one of the most desirable estate cars on our list. On the outside, the V90 is elegant and stylish. Inside, it feels relaxing, with supremely comfortable seats and a very Scandinavian ambience that makes you feel like you’re in a posh Swedish furniture store.
The driving experience is similarly serene and effortless, especially if you go for one of the plug-in hybrid models that combines powerful performance with low emissions and an electric-only range that could be enough for your daily commute. As you’d expect, the V90 has lots of legroom and a spacious 560-litre boot. Even the entry-level model offers the kind of equipment that would be optional on some rivals.
8. Audi A6 Avant
The Audi A6 Avant is an impressively stylish and upmarket estate car that’s good at just about everything. The current model, launched in 2018, has an interior that gives you a real feelgood factor every time you open the door, thanks to its excellent quality and minimalist, futuristic design.
Boot space is 565 litres, which is enough to suit most needs. Its wide opening and low floor makes it easy to load and unload larger items and handles let you fold down the back seats from the boot when you need to carry a really long load. While the latest model gets our vote don’t rule out the pre-2018 model, which is less expensive but no less desirable or classy.
9. Volkswagen Passat Estate
The Volkswagen Passat is one of the most practical estate cars, and one of the best all-rounders. It offers the quality and style of a premium estate car, with a price you’d associate with a more mainstream model. The 650-litre boot is huge, making the Passat Estate ideal for growing families and anyone with a penchant for antique fairs.
Inside and out, the Passat has an elegant, modern look and a sense of quality that elevates it above most rivals. You can choose from a range of trim levels, all giving you lots of standard features. SE Business is especially popular and strikes a great balance between cost-effectiveness and luxury, with front and rear parking sensors, DAB radio and sat nav as standard.
10. Skoda Superb Estate
Yes it’s another Skoda, but no list of the best estate cars would be complete without the Superb Estate. For starters, no other modern used estate car has a bigger boot. That alone makes it worth your consideration but the great thing about the Superb Estate is that it doesn’t look or feel like a huge estate car. In fact, its character in the way it looks and drives is closer to that of a stylish, high-quality hatchback. That impression is enhanced by the interior, which is exceptionally comfortable and features high-quality materials and a bang-up-to-date infotainment system.
As well as its huge 660-litre boot, the Superb Estate gives you a vast amount of headroom and legroom for you and your passengers. There’s as much as you’ll find in some big luxury saloons or SUVs and having space for everyone to stretch out can make all the difference when you’ve got a growing family on board.
There are always lots of high-quality used estate cars to choose from at Cazoo. Use the search function to find one you love, buy it online, and have it delivered to your door or choose to collect it from your nearest Cazoo Customer Centre.
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