With 4x4s becoming increasingly popular and manufacturers developing niches crossovers we never knew existed, the estate car as we know it is almost forgotten. But if you need space and practicality but don’t want the cumbersome body of a crossover or the inflated running costs of an SUV, there's still plenty of choice on the new-car market.
The likes of the BMW 3 Series Touring and Mazda6 estate can drive like sportcars, while being so stocked with equipment and technology you half expect them to carry the kitchen sink. Cars like the Jaguar XF Sportbrake mix desirability and practicality, while Hyundai and Kia offer truly rounded packages on a shoestring budget.
So if you need a practical car but don’t want a jacked-up SUV, here are the best new estate cars currently on sale.