The estate has started to become somewhat of a dying breed, thanks to the popularity of MPV’s and SUV’s, but that doesn’t mean they should be ignored! An estate can still offer vast amounts of practicality, whilst remaining more “car-like” than its rivals.
Estates are longer and can be a bit more difficult to park than their saloon counterparts, but this length provides large amounts of interior space and ease of access. Dog owners and avid golfers will both benefit from the extra space!
The style of estates can no longer be questioned, as most new cars are designed to be an estate from the off, as opposed to a standard saloon with extra bodywork grafted on the back, which can make for unattractive viewing.
In terms of the running costs, estates usually only carry a small price premium, and do not cost much more to run. Tax, insurance and fuel consumption are essentially the same as a saloon or a hatchback.
With this in mind, we have taken a look at 5 of the best estate cars on the market, to help give you an idea of what is currently on the market.Volkswagen Passat Estate
The new VW Passat Estate is much lighter and more spacious than its predecessor, as well as having improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. It sits in the middle of the executive estate market, going up against the new Ford Mondeo Estate whilst also being premium enough to compete with the big boys like the BMW 3 Series.
The Estate can only be purchased with a diesel engine in the UK, but there are a number of engine sizes to choose from meaning you will be spoilt for choice!Hyundai i40 Tourer
The Hyundai i40 Tourer is one of the more attractive looking estates currently on the market, and matches the appearance with genuine desirability. This is thanks to the standard equipment of air-con, electric windows, Bluetooth and alloy wheels. This alongside a massive 553-litre boot, which can be expanded to 1,719 litres, means you can see why it has so much appeal!
Available in both petrol and diesel, there will be a version to suit you. The most economical version is the Blue Drive model, which gives 66 mpg and 113g/km CO2 emissions. With some neat optional extras available, it would be hard to say no to the i40 Tourer.Skoda Octavia Estate
Named best estate at the 2013 Auto Express New Car Awards, the newest Skoda Octavia Estate is bigger and better than its predecessor, which might be difficult for some people to believe. Already the most spacious estate in its class, it now boasts a 610-litre boot which extends to 1,740 litres when the rear seats are folded down.
The new estate is slightly longer and wider, offering more leg and headroom for a more comfortable ride. Bluetooth, DAB radio and engine stop/start come as standard, as well as a rubbish bin and hidden ice scraper in the fuel cap! And all of this costs around the same money as a Volkswagen Golf, so the choice is yours…BMW 3 Series Touring
Practical and fun, the BMW 3 Series Touring gives you all of the performance of an executive saloon, whilst offering an abundance of space that comes with an estate. In the more premium estate market, the 3 Series edges boot size, with a 495-litre capacity that expands to 1,500 litres when the seats are down.
There are a range of engine options, with the most efficient being the 316d, which gives a 2-litre diesel engine, 62.8mpg and 119g/km of CO2 emissions. This models means low road tax, offering an executive estate at a more affordable price.Mercedes E-Class Estate
The beast of the estate market, packing a 695-litre boot which expands to 1,950 litres when the seats are down! With lots of optional extras such as two extra seats folding out of the boot floor, lane departure warning and night vision, the E-Class Estate can be moulded to be just the car you are looking for.
However, these extras do come at a price. The basic model is competitive with the BMW 3 Series Touring, but the extras raise this price quite quickly. It also does not hold its price particularly well, especially with a newer model imminent. Those looking to get an E-Class Estate are advised to choose one of the two diesel engine options, as the stop/start helps to keep fuel consumption and CO2 emissions lower.
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