Best estate cars 2021

Rory White

09 Sep 2021

The humble estate car still offers so much to families, despite SUVs proving ever more popular. If you don't need that high driving position, here are the top 10 best estate cars on sale.

1. Skoda Superb Estate

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The Skoda Superb is a staggeringly good estate car, and the good news is, you don't have to break the bank to get it. That's right, Skoda has priced the Superb extremely competitively and it comes with 660 litres of boot space, which is more than any other car on this list.

It's not just its big boot, though. The Superb Estate is also comfy to drive, has an upmarket, spacious cabin and comes with efficient engine options including a plug-in hybrid. The only thing to bear – do you really need this much space?

2. Mercedes E-Class Estate

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If your budget stretches a little further than the Superb Estate and you like the finer things in life, a Mercedes E-Class Estate might be more your thing. Its boot is only slightly smaller than the Superb's at 640 litres, plus its interior is noticeably more sumptuous through.

Mercedes also offers some brilliant engines, including a plug-in hybrid model. The E-Class is brilliantly smooth, quiet and comfy to drive too, although there are sharper estates to drive if you put fun before function.

3. Volvo V60

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Remember when Volvo's were big boxy things? Well, one look at the picture above tells you that's way in the past, but Volvo is still making great estate cars.

The V60 looks fantastic, but at its business end is also a spacious 529-litre boot perfect for hauling everything a family needs. Volvo's interior also looks superb and is similarly spacious, although its infotainment system is starting to feel a little long in the tooth.

4. BMW 5 Series Touring

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If you want a premium estate car and you don't need the E-Class's extra boot space, the BMW 5 Series Touring is a fantastic choice.

It comes with great engines including a plug-in hybrid model, the best infotainment system on sale and a beautifully appointed interior. Of course, there's loads of space for passengers, and its boot is hardly small at 570 litres. It also comes with a flip-up rear screen for easier access – a rare sight these days, but genuinely useful.

5. Skoda Octavia Estate

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Skoda is famous for offering massive space for sensible money, so it's perhaps no surprise to see the Superb's smaller stablemate the Skoda Octavia Estate in this list too. In fact, the Octavia's boot isn't far behind the Superb's, at 640 litres, while its cabin isn't much smaller for passengers, either.

The Octavia can look a bit boring in its lower trims, but you won't notice much difference in the quality inside between the two Skodas, plus the Octavia's infotainment and engine options are pretty much like-for-like.

6. BMW 3 Series Touring

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If you enjoy driving, few estates are more fun, while also be high quality and practical, than the BMW 3 Series Touring. It comes with some cracking petrol and diesel engines, but even the frugal plug-in hybrid is great fun on a country road.

Importantly, it also has a practical 495-litre boot, which is smaller than a V60's, but has the same flip-up rear screen as its larger sibling, the 5 Series Touring. You also get the same superb iDrive infotainment and similarly high levels of interior quality.

7. Cupra Leon Estate

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There are plenty of hot estates around, but we think the Cupra Leon Estate balances performance with practicality better than most. It's available with petrol or petrol-electric plug-in hybrid engines, but for the biggest smiles, you'll want the top of the range 310hp all-wheel-drive model.

No matter which model you go for you'll get a spacious cabin and a massive 620-litre boot that'll handle everything a family has to throw at it.

8. Audi A6 Avant

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Audi makes some of the finest interiors around and the Audi A6 is a great example of that. Its stacked-screen infotainment system isn't the easiest to use while driving but looks fantastic, plus the A6 comes crammed with standard kit.

It has a 586-litre boot, which is bigger than a 5 Series' but smaller than a Mercedes E-Class Estates. No matter, a family will have no problems with its size, and will enjoy the A6's smooth engines and relaxing drive.

9. Volkswagen Golf Estate

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The latest VW Golf is the most efficient, comfortable and high-tech Golf yet, and in its estate guise you get all that plus a very generous 611-litre boot at the back to pack with luggage. Petrol and diesel power is available, plus an Alltrack model that comes with all-wheel drive and a slightly raised ride height.

10. MG 5

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We've included the MG 5 on this list as a great electric estate choice. Its boot is a decent 464 litres, and the 5 can travel up to 214 miles on a charge. It's not the most thrilling EV to drive and it doesn't charge particularly quickly (0-80% charges take 50 minutes) but the 5 starts at less than £25,000, making it great value.

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Rory White

09 Sep 2021