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Top 5 Tuesdays: Best Estate Cars

July 29, 2014

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Too much junk in your car’s trunk? An estate car offers the ideal solution for drivers looking for a larger vehicle that still handles like a car. People carriers, MPV’s and 4×4’s are notorious for body roll – losing the sharp handling and road hugging performance seen in saloons. This makes an estate the perfect compromise between space and performance. Here’s our pick of the five best estate cars on the market – ranging from budget to BMW and everything in between.

 

VW Passat Estate

 

Anyone who’s owned a VW knows that quality, refinement and reliability come as standard. The VW Passat has been one of Volkswagen’s biggest success stories – and its estate counterpart is no exception. The Passat is available with an excellent range of engines and as with most estates, we recommend going for the frugal workhorse diesel engines. The 2.0L TDI Passat is our pick of the bunch, providing plenty of grunt without too much additional cost. Get your hands on the spacious Passat Estate from just £21,740.

 

BMW 5 Series Touring

 

If you’ve got plenty of budget, you can’t get much better than the BMW 5 Series estate. In fact, all of BMW’s estate vehicles rank highly among critics for their luxury, power, build quality and space. The Touring estate manages to feel like a genuinely sporty small car, in a big package, retaining the sport saloon handling the 5 Series is famous for. Starting at £32,590, the BMW isn’t cheap and with additional add-ons, you could easily be spending over £60k. However, if it’s executive luxury and styling you’re after, the 5 Series Touring wins hands down.

 

Ford Focus Estate

 

One of the smaller estates in our Top 5, the Focus offers an ideal balance for those wanting more space, in a compact package. The Focus isn’t so big that it becomes difficult to park or impractical, however it’s roomy enough for the vast majority of drivers. As with all Fords, the Focus Estate is competitively priced, starting at just £17,200 for the entry level Edge model. We recommend the 1.6L diesel engine, providing plenty of power and returning a stunning 67 mpg! The Zetec trim is the one to go for if you want the best value for money when it comes to extras. The Focus Estate is well built, well priced and handles like a dream, thanks to the popular Focuschassis. This one’s a no brainer and is our pick of the bunch for everyday drivers.

 

Kia C’eed Sportwagon

 

South Korean automakers, Kia, have quickly been gaining traction in the UK market – impressing drivers with their stylish designs and great build quality. Based on the popular mid-size C’eed, the Sportwagon estate offers bags of space and features, making it one of the best ‘value for money’ Estates on the market. Starting at just £16,200, even the entry level C’eed Sportwagon comes with air conditioning, electric windows, central locking, bluetooth and iPhone connectivity! The fully loaded C’eed Sportwagon still remains within most people’s budgets – coming in just shy of £25k, it’s a great way to get your hands on loads of kit for relatively little cash.

 

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

 

The timelessly stylish Jaguar XF Sportbrake is a true gentleman’s tourer. Driving this spacious, refined and comfortable estate is a very civilized affair. If it’s premium estate practicality you are after, the Sportbrake is the one for you. Jaguar have hit the nail on the head with design in recent years and the XF is no exception – with its sweeping curves and distinctive Jaguar front grille, it will turn heads on the road. Handling is exceptional, ranging from dynamic and sharp on country lanes to settled and smooth on the motorway. The premium feel, however, comes with a premium price tag, starting at £31,945 for the 2.2L diesel, the Jag will set you back a pretty penny – good job it’s a pretty car!

 

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About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.