Best estate cars

Last updated: May 22, 2014

Estate cars are perfect for anyone looking for a bit of extra space over a normal saloon or hatchback car. So for things like carrying a dog, trips to the tip, swallowing the family's luggage, or lugging the kit needed for various sporting activities, little comes close to the conventional estate car.

Most are based on hatchback and saloon variants of other cars, so you can expect those we rate highly to make an excellent base for a decent estate.

Be it an luxurious executive model or a more affordable family car, all the vehicles that make it on to our list of the UK's best estate cars have to offer comfort, a quiet cabin, fun handling, a decent range of engines and, above all, plenty of space.

So keep reading for the Carbuyer list of the top 10 estate cars on sale in the UK today.

Skoda Octavia estate

This isn’t the first time the Skoda Octavia has appeared on one of our top 10 lists, but then five-star cars don’t come around that often. The Octavia is the perfect all-rounder thanks to looking stylish inside and out, being excellently built, offering a good range of engines, having an affordable price tag and an excellent five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Most importantly of all, it's also got a massive 610-litre boot, which increasess to a huge 1,740 litres with the rear seats down. Read more.

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5.0 / 5
Price 
£17,115 - £28,665

Mazda6 Tourer estate

Another estate that doesn’t feel out of its depth next to executive cars from BMW and Audi, is the Mazda 6 Tourer. It’s fun to drive, but also very quiet and comfortable at speed on the motorway. Although it’s a larger car, the Mazda can’t quite match the Skoda Octavia’s boot space, with a 506-litre boot that rises to 1,648-litres with the rear seats down. Nonetheless, the Mazda looks good and has a stylish interior that’s packed with kit including air conditioning, cruise control and a central touchscreen. Read more.

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4.9 / 5
Price 
£21,315 - £28,295

Skoda Superb estate

The best praise we can give the Skoda Superb is that it is just like the Skoda Octavia, but bigger! Its restrained looks hide a solidly-built and logically laid out interior, but it’s the space on offer that will surprise people most. There’s plenty of room up front, space in the rear is class-leading, too. The boot’s also huge, with 633 litres of space expanding to 1,833 litres with the rear seats folded flat. Despite its size, the Superb is enjoyable to drive, quiet and comfortable to sit in, and also has a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. Read more.

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4.8 / 5
Price 
£19,815 - £34,575

BMW 3 Series Touring estate

It is a mark of how good the family cars are on this list that the BMW 3 Series Touring estate finds itself in fourth place. An excellent car in its own right, the 3 Series is one of the most fun-to-drive cars here. While the Touring is certainly more flexible than the saloon, the 495 litre boot (which increases to 1,500 litres with the rear seats down) is one of the smaller load bays in our top 10. But if you don’t need huge space, the BMW has good looks, an excellent range of engines, a five-star safety award from Euro NCAP, and came ninth in our Driver Power 2013 satisfaction survey. Read more.

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4.8 / 5
Price 
£24,870 - £42,820

BMW 5 Series Touring estate

The BMW 5 Series is also great fun to drive and has a comfortable cabin for travelling long distances in. Although the 5 Series’ boot could be bigger, 560 litres is still pretty decent and folding the rear seats down increases capacity to 1670 litres. The 5 Series may be expensive, but it can be specced with class-leading kit covering everything from a TV, to an internet connection and technology such as active cruise control. The 5 Series also gets a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and finished 11th out of 150 cars in our Driver Power 2013 survey. Read more.

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4.7 / 5
Price 
£31,475 - £50,845

Kia Cee'd Sportswagon estate

The Kia Cee’d Sportswagon is an impressive all-rounder. It's stylish, safe and decent to drive, but also comes with a superb seven-year warranty and the backup of dealers that offer excellent customer service. The latter’s proven by Kia’s solid seventh place in our Driver Power 2013 satisfaction survey - proving owners are a happy bunch. It’s also impressively large inside, with a 528-litre boot that rises to 1,642 litres with the rear seats folded down. Read more.

Key points

4.7 / 5
Price 
£16,195 - £24,995

Hyundai i30 Tourer estate

The Kia Cee’d Sportswagon and Hyundai i30 Tourer share many of the same parts meaning the space inside – seats up or down – is identical. In fact, the cars are so similar, that choosing between them is tough. Although Hyundai finished behind Kia in 14th place in our Driver Power 2013 satisfaction survey, its cars still come with an excellent five-year warranty. The Hyundai handles well, but is set up more for comfort than speed, making it slightly less fun to drive. As with the Kia, the Hyundai also has a five-star Euro NCAP award for safety. Read more.

Key points

4.7 / 5
Price 
£16,905 - £24,630

Hyundai i40 estate

The Hyundai i40 is another great reason to buy a Hyundai. It’s got a comfortable cabin that’s well-suited to family life and offers a driving experience that is both quiet and comfortable. The boot has 533 litres of space, or a massive 1,719 litres if you put the rear seats down. The i40 got a five-star award from Euro NCAP and also comes with Hyundai’s five-year warranty. All the diesel engines offer a good mix of performance and economy. Read more.

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4.5 / 5
Price 
£20,355 - £27,415

Audi A6 Avant estate

Like the BMWs on our list of estate cars, the Audi A6 Avant estate offers an excellent range of engines that lets buyers choose between performance, economy, or a mixture of the two. All Audis have attractive looks and well-built interiors, and the A6 continues that trend. It also finished a solid 27th in our Driver Power 2013 survey, showing the A6 owners are a satisfied bunch. The Audi may not be quite as fun to drive as the BMWs – but it's got a huge 565-litre boot that rises to 1680 litres with the rear seats down. Read more.

Key points

4.5 / 5
Price 
£33,955 - £58,000

SEAT Leon ST estate

It is a measure of the level of competition that the SEAT Leon ST comes in 10th position on our list, because it is an excellent car. It has striking looks, a great range of engines and is also fun to drive. As a Volkswagen product, the interior is stylish and well built and, with a five-star Euro NCAP award, the SEAT will also take good care of its passengers in the unfortunate event of an accident. The 587-litre boot, which increases to 1,471 litres with the rear seats down, is less than you’ll get in some rivals but it's a useful shape should prove plenty big enough for most families. Read more.

Key points

4.5 / 5
Price 
£17,110 - £28,870

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