Best estate cars

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Best estate cars

By Martin Pratt

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Load-lugging versatility, plus reliability, great road manners and efficient engines: these Best Buy estate cars offer a compelling blend of talents.

Estate cars aren't the default choice for large families these days thanks to the increased popularity and availability of SUVs and MPVs, but with a lower profile they're often more efficient and rewarding to drive.

They're also immensely practical, with almost all models offering capacious boots capable of swallowing everything from holiday luggage and kids' bikes, to pets and purchases from the local garden centre.  

Nearly all the big brands offer at least one estate car in their line-up, with popular models including the Ford Mondeo Estate, BMW 3 Series Touring. Audi A4 Avant and the huge Mercedes-Benz E-class estate. 

Below are our Best Buy recommendations – new and used estate cars that are supremely safe, reliable and versatile.

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Best new estate cars

Typical price £24,235
Brand score 80%
Tested Jan 2015
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With a mammoth boot and stable handling this estate is one of the best we've tested for driving comfort.

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Typical price £16,165
Brand score 77%
Tested Jun 2013
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This family-focused estate car impressed us with its efficient engines and comprehensive safety equipment.

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Typical price £18,565
Brand score 77%
Tested Jan 2014
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If it's boot space you need you won't go far wrong with this estate which manages to be comfortable too.

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Typical price £32,710
Brand score 77%
Tested Aug 2010
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We couldn't find much to complain about on this estate. Whatever engine you go for, it won't let you down.

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Best used estate cars

Typical price £1,750
Brand score 80%
Tested Mar 2003
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This dependable estate may not be the most memorable but it's cheap to buy and well equipped.

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Typical price £13,795
Brand score 80%
Tested Nov 2007
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Known for its hatchbacks, this brand's foray into estates was unexpected, but the result is really very good.

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Typical price £18,185
Brand score 75%
Tested Mar 2010
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If you want an enormous estate that's a pleasure to drive and cheap to buy this one should be on your shortlist.

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Typical price £10,405
Brand score 73%
Tested May 2008
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This practical, family-friendly estate has a tonne of boot space for a smaller estate car and it's easy to recommend.

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Typical price £1,925
Brand score 73%
Tested May 2003
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This mid-range estate wants to compete with the premium marques, and it has the space and build quality to do it.

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