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Mazda6 Tourer estate

The Mazda6 Tourer takes on its rivals, which include the Ford Mondeo Estate,Honda Accord Tourer and Hyundai i40 Tourer with sharp looks and excellent running costs. It's lower, longer and wider than the previous model, uses less fuel and has the choice of 2.0-litre petrol or 2.2-litre turbodiesel engines. With three equipment levels, the SE, SE-L and Sport, it's well equipped with xenon headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels and a 5.8-inch touchscreen fitted across the range. There's also excellent safety technology, too, including an emergency auto-brake that automatically stops the car to avoid low-speed collisions, as well as radar cruise control that maintains a safe distance from the vehicle ahead on the motorway. 
Price 
£21,315 - £28,295
4.9 / 5

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer estate

Vauxhall made some big changes when it replaced the old Vectra Estate with the Insignia Sports Tourer. While the Vectra was a big, chunky estate car, the Insignia sacrifices some of its practicality for sleek and sporty looks. The sloping tailgate and sharp styling make this one of the most attractive estates around. Over long distances it's comfortable and the ride is smooth. The selection of trim levels and engines is vast, but petrol models suffer high fuel consumption and aren’t as cost-effective as the diesels.
Price 
£18,884 - £29,669
3.4 / 5

Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake estate

The Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake is the first car of its kind – a four-door coupe crossed with an estate. Although it looks like nothing else on the road, rivals will include the BMW 5 Series Touring and the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Based on the CLS four-door coupe – also the first of its kind – the Shooting Brake adds a much bigger 590-litre boot but maintains a long and low roofline so its appears sporty despite the impressive space inside. Engine choices include a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder diesel, as well as the top-of-the-range CLS 63 AMG with a 549bhp 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8. Smooth, quiet and easy to drive, the CLS Shooting Brake is perfect for the style-conscious buyer who still needs space for the whole family. 
Price 
£48,080 - £87,000
3.5 / 5

Ford Focus Estate

Ford’s Focus range has expanded with the arrival of the new Estate. The newcomer has all the benefits of the five-door, but with additional luggage space and practicality. It shares its looks, technology and ultra-efficient engines with the hatchback. Lowrunning costs will always be an attraction, although the highly equipped top-of-the-range versions do suffer substantial depreciation, negating some of the costs saved elsewhere. Models range from quite basic to positively luxurious.
Price 
£17,880 - £24,685
4.1 / 5

Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon estate

The Chevrolet Cruze SW is based on the same underpinnings as the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer and uses the same engines, too. It’s arguably the best looking member of the Cruze family and goes head-to-head with models like the Volkswagen Golf Estate and the Hyundai i30 Tourer. There’s a choice of engines but we’d recommend going for the 1.7-litre VCDi because it’s well priced, efficient and feels punchy on the road. Admittedly it’s not as spacious as other estate models in this class but you do get plenty of standard equipment for your money and you’ll rarely miss the boot space you sacrifice by going for the SW over a VW Golf Estate, for example. 
Price 
£15,900 - £21,300
3.7 / 5

Ford Fiesta hatchback

The Ford Fiesta has just received the company's latest look, featuring an Aston Martin-influenced front grille. The Fiesta has been the bestselling car in the UK since 2008, and its popularity is down to a frankly brilliant drive and below-average running costs. Our only criticism is the limited space in the back and cramped luggage area, which means it lacks the versatility of its rivals. The list of versions is extensive - entry-level models are called Studio and Style, while Zetec and Zetec S get a little sportier. Titanium is luxurious, while Titanium X tops the range. ECOnetic models are the most frugal and eco-conscious.
Price 
£9,995 - £17,995
4.7 / 5

Kia Cee'd Sportswagon estate

The Kia Cee’d Sportswagon offers an interesting alternative to the Ford Focus estate, Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer or Volkswagen Golf estate. Interesting, not only due to the seven-year warranty, but because it offers marginally more space than its rivals, some impressive quality and a decent level of comfort, too. Don’t go thinking the Sportswagon lives up to its name, however – in spite of the fancy Flex Steer system, with its Sport, Comfort or Normal modes, this car is far from sporty. Being called Comfortwagon would be closer to the mark thanks to the laid-back nature of the two diesel engines (there's no real punch of acceleration to either of them) and the smooth ride. High equipment levels will pamper you, although Kias aren't cheap anymore – the Sportswagon is priced at almost the same level as its Ford, Vauxhall and VW rivals.
Price 
£16,195 - £24,995
4.7 / 5

Audi A6 saloon

You have to admire the new A6. Audi has used more lightweight materials than ever in the executive car's construction, so it not only provides stronger performance than before, it's also more fuel efficient. Yet this focus on saving weight hasn’t come at the expense of equipment – inside the incredibly classy cabin are all the kind of hi-tech gadgets you’d expect to find on a luxury car. There's a wide range of excellent petrol and diesel engines, along with the option of quattro four-wheel drive.
Price 
£31,955 - £56,000
4.6 / 5

Vauxhall Adam hatchback

If you like the MINI and Fiat 500, then the Vauxhall Adam could be for you. Vauxhall has taken a slightly more modern approach, with the supermini Adam closer to the Audi A1 than the more retro MINIs – but crucially, it's cheaper than both. Key to this type of car is personalisation, and there are up to 30,000 different options to choose from on the Adam. It's a small car with little space inside, and it's not the most exciting car to drive, with sluggish engines and a firm ride. Economy and emissions figures are a bit disappointing, too. But it's appealing nonetheless, especially when it's tailored precisely to your own tastes.
Price 
£11,455 - £15,350
3.2 / 5

BMW 5 Series Touring estate

The practical boot is just one reason why the BMW 5 Series Touring is desirable. This elegant and spacious estate looks good, with class-leading build quality. It's comfortable to ride in and relaxing to drive, while the rear seats in particular offer plenty of room. The large tailgate provides access to a vast boot, which BMW has made extra practical with plenty of stowage and lashing solutions to stop bulky loads moving around. We’d go for the 520d model with its excellent blend of performance and economy.
Price 
£31,475 - £50,845
4.7 / 5

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