Many car buyers may now be considering an MPV or 4×4 as their next car, but estate cars still have a lot to offer. We’ve rounded up the top five most searched for estate cars, which offer a combination of style and space.
Estate cars may be a less obvious choice now car showrooms are full of people carriers and off-roaders, but the humble estate car still has a huge amount to offer.
With lots of luggage space, comfortable interiors and good roadholding, for many buyers estate cars are a more sensible purchase than an unwieldy people carrier or expensive 4×4.
We’ve rounded up the top five models you’ve been searching for this year.
Skoda Superb Estate – Most satisfying estate car
This Skoda Superb Estate is the most satisfying estate car to live with, according to owners in the latest Which? Car Survey. It’s also the most searched for estate car on the Which? website – hardly surprising when you consider just how much space this car offers for the price.
In our lab test we raved about how much room there is – for passengers and luggage – and it doesn’t matter what hobbies you have, you’ll struggle to use up all of the space inside.
VW Passat Estate – Spacious and comfortable
The Passat Estate might not match the Superb Estate for sheer passenger space, but in our tests the boot proved even larger – impressive considering the Passat is the shorter car. With a comfortable, well-built interior and a vast boot, the Passat Estate makes a solid all-round option for those who need lots of space.
Where the Passat Estate does fall behind the Superb Estate is when it comes to price – you’ll need to find around £2,000 extra to put the VW on your drive.
Skoda Octavia Estate – Top value load lugger
The third most searched for estate is the Skoda Octavia Estate. Slotting below the Superb in Skoda’s range, the Octavia Estate’s boot outstripped even the Passat with a colossal 920 litres of usable space when you fold the seats down.
The Octavia Estate also undercuts the Superb and Passat Estates in the showroom too; if you’re looking for a comfortable, enjoyable to drive and well-built machine – with an oversized boot – the Octavia Estate puts up a very strong case for itself.
Ford Mondeo Estate – Cavernous boot space
The Ford Mondeo Estate may have been on sale for seven years, but discounts of £5,000-£7,000 at several online brokers mean that it still offers very good value. It’s definitely a car to try before you buy, though, as it’s even longer than the enormous Skoda Superb Estate.
The flipside is the sheer size of the boot; with 950 litres to play with you should be able to fit the largest of Ikea purchases onboard. Take to the motorway and the Mondeo Estate makes a great long distance cruiser too and you have lots of standard equipment to play with.
Audi A4 Avant – Stylish but compact estate
The fifth most searched for estate car is the Audi A4 Avant. The Avant may come with high prices and the smallest boot of this group, but what you do get is a beautifully designed, high quality interior.
Roadholding is excellent and buyers are spoilt for choice when it comes to the engines on offer – whether you’re looking for the lowest fuel bills, or the fastest acceleration figures. However, standard equipment levels are on the stingy side.