Best and worst estate cars for value for moneyThe best and worst value cars according to owners

13 May 2014

Skoda Superb Estate 1

Owners want estate cars to be big on boot space but small on price. However, while the best value estate more than manages this according to owners, it’s the opposite story with the worst value model.

Estate cars are all about practicality with a large, usable boot at the top of most buyers’ wish list. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to pay through the nose for the privilege – if you buy wisely. 

According to owners in the latest Which? Car Survey, the top estate offers superb value for money, with a huge amount of space for luggage and passengers – all for a price which undercuts premium rivals. The worst value model however comes with a price tag which dwarfs the amount of space on offer in the mini boot.

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Highest rated estate car for value for money

Estate cars don’t come much bigger than the mammoth Skoda Superb Estate (2010-). Despite its colossal size though, prices and running costs are much more compact. Furthermore owners praised the car’s equipment tally, solid build quality, long distance cruising ability and slick automatic gearbox.

Consequently, the Superb Estate tops the estate car value for money charts with a very impressive score of 96.1% - just 0.1% behind the best value car in the entire Which? Car Survey.

In the words of one Superb driver, ‘it’s an amazing amount of car for the money. Excellent spec. Massive boot. Great build quality. Nice to drive.’ Another Superb owner said, ‘it’s exceptionally well-built, with a very full specification sold at a reasonable price’. ‘It’s luxury at a great price’, added another.

Even with low prices, you can still find substantial discounts online. We’ve found savings of up to £4,000 on brand new Superb Estates making the car even better value with prices starting at £16,208.

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MINI Clubman 1

Lowest rated estate car for value for money

Mini owners have branded the Mini hatchback the worst value supermini and the Mini Countryman the worst value medium car. There are no prizes therefore for guessing the worst value estate car – the Mini Clubman (2007-) with a poor value for money score of just 67.3%.  

The Clubman continues the Mini trend of having prices which vastly outstrip the size of car. Owners slated the car for its small interior and boot, ‘hard hard ride’, ‘very very uncomfortable seats’, ‘noisy cabin’ and interior layout which is ‘the worst example of ergonomics I've ever seen’.

One owner complained that ‘carrying capacity is limited’ while another added ‘they have tried to cram three seats in the back, but I can barely fit three children in the back never mind adults!’

‘I don't think the price reflects the build quality’ added another owner while a further Clubman driver said, ‘have a look at the competitors, some marques give a lot better value for money.’

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