Best and worst estate cars for owner satisfactionWe reveal your favourite estate car
04 March 2014
Estate cars are designed to be sensible and sturdy workhorses that can swallow people and luggage. However, while some leave owners beaming, the least satisfying car in the entire Which? Car Survey comes in estate form.
Estates are sold mostly on the merits of practicality and space. But it doesn’t matter how versatile an estate car is if it leaves you facing huge repair bills every month. We’ve trawled through the Which? Car Survey to find the estate car that owners were happiest with – and the one that left drivers pulling their hair out.
The least satisfying estate is plagued with everything from electronics with a mind of their own to headlight bulbs that can only be replaced by removing a front wheel. But owners of the most satisfying estate car raved about it being ‘an amazing amount of car for the money’ and offering ‘luxury at a great price’.
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Most satisfying estate car to live with
Living up to its name, one owner described the Skoda Superb Estate (2010-) as ‘superb to drive, looks good, feels good, eats luggage, tows like a dream. It’s powerful, stable and surprisingly easy to park given its size.’
With ‘limo-like comfort’, ‘massive space in the back seats and boot’ and ‘excellent spec and great build quality’ the Superb chalked up a very impressive customer score of 94% - a clear 43% higher than the least satisfying estate car.
Owners raved about the Superb’s long distance cruising ability, its speed, comfort, towing ability and grip. Reliability, automatic gearboxes, refinement and equipment levels also came in for praise.
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Least satisfying estate car to live with
Languishing right at the bottom of the Which? Car Survey for owner satisfaction are the Renault Megane Sport Tourer (2003-2009) and its sister model the Megane hatchback.
With an abysmal customer score of just 51%, Megane drivers slated the car’s appalling electrics, uncomfortable seats, hard-to-read speedometer and poor headlight design, which means that you can only change a headlight bulbs by taking off a wheel.
One owner stated that, ‘the minor electronics e.g. display panel lights, windscreen wipers and door locks all fail randomly,’ while another complained about, ‘the electrics failing so frequently – I’ve lost count of the number of lights I've had to replace.’
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