The Best Estate Cars on the Market
One of the most versatile and varied car classes, the estate is an extended version of the saloon or hatchback body style and offers a nice alternative to the SUV. It's a vehicle that usually offers a lot of cargo space, as well as plenty of room for a large family to sit comfortably over long distances. In this list, you'll find the 10 best estate cars that are available in the UK and see why they're leading the way in this busy marketplace.
1. BMW 5 Series Touring
The BMW 5 Series dates back to the 1970s, and the Touring model was first added to the range in 1990. It’s a powerful 5-door car that’s a real blast to take out on country roads, as well as having a spacious and luxurious interior, making it an obvious choice for any list of best estate cars. You’ll appreciate the way the cabin has been kitted out, with a 12-inch infotainment screen and some other great tech that will help your passengers enjoy the ride just as much as you will.
2. Skoda Superb Estate
Skoda is always a reliable brand to turn to if you’re on a limited budget, and the Superb Estate model offers probably the best value in its class. Its huge size allows for 660 litres of boot space and a roomy interior cabin, giving you more practicality and comfort than many estate cars for sale at a much higher price point. You’ll also love the variety of options under the bonnet, which include petrol, diesel, and hybrid-electric engines.
3. Ford Focus Estate
Three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and the Ford Focus excelling in quality regardless of the variant. As the estate version of the popular model that Ford first launched in 1998, this is the complete package. Offering a lot of interior space and an exciting driving experience, the Focus Estate also boasts a bold aesthetic that made it impossible for us to leave it off this list. The Estate’s huge boot complements its roomy cabin and the high price tag will be offset by its great reliability. You’ll get excellent fuel economy too from its powerful petrol and diesel engines.
4. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
The Mercedes E-Class is the German manufacturer’s top-selling range, and the estate model combines everyday practicality with the executive luxury that’s synonymous with the brand. The distinguished design and smooth driving experience are tough to ignore, but it’s the interior that really secured its spot on our list. You’ll fall in love with the premium feel of the car’s cabin, which boasts top-notch materials and build quality, as well as comfy seating for up to seven people. The boot space also makes it a great option for family excursions.
5. Audi A6 Avant
Audi’s entry into the estate market comes in the form of the A6 Avant, a variation on their popular A6 range. This modern, sophisticated vehicle offers a spacious, comfortable interior and plenty of boot space, and its range of sporty engines made it an essential addition to our list. If you really want to splash out, you can opt for a powerful 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, and all engines also benefit from an advanced mild-hybrid system. This makes the A6 Avant one of the most fuel-efficient estates available, ideal for eco-conscious families.
6. Volvo V90
One of the newest estate cars, the V90 was launched by Volvo in 2016. Befitting for a modern vehicle, it offers petrol, diesel, and hybrid-electric engine options, all of which provide great fuel economy and a lot of power. It’s this forward-thinking outlook that grabbed the car a place on our list, but it also excels at everything that luxury cars have been doing for decades. It handles like a dream, and its cabin has an impressive minimal design and an ergonomic layout, ensuring that the whole family travels comfortably.
7. Jaguar XF Sportbrake
As if the prestige of owning a Jaguar wasn’t enough, this estate model brings everyday convenience to accompany the peerless elegance and performance. You’ll struggle to find an estate car that’s more enjoyable to take out on country lanes than this, with a balance of smooth comfort and sporty excitement. The XF Sportbrake is not just about fun though, and its spacious, practical interior is ideal for longer journeys when you need to pack it full of kids and cargo.
8. Volkswagen Passat Estate
Volkswagen has had an estate version of its best-selling Passat model since the range was first launched back in 1970. Its latest generations bring modern sophistication to the classic Passat style, as well as fun and comfortable handling. The VW Passat Estate is included on our list due to its relatively unique position in the class. It won’t set you back quite as much as a top-end Audi or Mercedes estate, but it boasts a level of refinement and elegance not offered by most mid-range alternatives.
9. Volvo V60
Volvo has always been committed to creating estate cars that serve the needs of families, without skimping on the little luxuries that make driving fun – and the V60 is its flagship model in this class. Much roomier than the newer Volvo V90, the plethora of on-board tech also contributes to the comfort and practicality of the interior space. The V60 has an efficient hybrid electric option alongside the petrol and diesel alternatives, and you’ll love how comfortable the ride is.
10. Kia Ceed Sportwagon
A large, hatchback-style family car, the Kia Ceed Sportwagon is ideal if you want to ferry people around town with comfort and style, but without breaking the bank. It was an obvious choice for our list due to its extremely affordable price point, which makes its high-tech, stylish interior even more impressive. The way the Ceed Sportwagon looks on the outside is also sure to turn heads, and you’ll love its sharp handling and range of speedy engines, which includes a diesel option for long-distance economy.
Any of these ten are a great choice, giving you all the space you need to transport a large family with ease. They also bring class, style, great performance and top-of-the-line features. For more info, check out our listings for used models, or take a look at what other estates are available.