Best used estate cars 2021
If you're looking to find out what's the best used estate car you can buy, you've come to the right place.
They’re no longer boxy ugly things, instead the current crop of estate cars offers a dose of style along with the usual estate practicality. And in most cases, an estate car is more practical with a bigger boot space than a similarly priced SUV.
There’s a wide range of used estate cars on the market covering everything from cheap estate runabouts with high MPG to performance versions and even four-wheel drive estate cars.
For buyers who want something comfortable and dependable, there’s a great choice of used estate cars for sale, including hybrid estate cars, on the second-hand market and you don’t need to spend a small fortune either. Here are the 10 best used estate cars you can buy for under £10,000 to over £40,000.
Dacia Logan MCV
Year launched: 2013
The Dacia Logan MCV - that last bit stands for ‘maximum capacity vehicle’ apparently - is the cheapest estate car you can buy new right n. Prices start at little more than £10,000 and while it’s not brimming with extras, it does come with more kit than you’d expect. For that money you get air conditioning, a DAB radio, electric front windows, a tyre pressure monitor and a height adjustable driver’s seat. They're an even better buy used though, with a two year old example setting you back under £9000.
True it does only come in white and has steel wheels, but this still looks a bargain for a brand new car. It’s practical as you’d expect with a 573-litre boot which expands to more than 1500 litres if you drop the seats.
It’s not bad to drive either and this budget will even stretch to the rugged looking Stepway version. While we could spend paragraphs pointing out all its flaws, put simply the Logan MCV estate car is a no-nonsense estate that does exactly what it says on the tin.
Ford Focus Estate
Year launched: 2014
If you've got a budget of £10,000 for an estate car, then you've got a couple of great options from Ford, with the choice of either a Focus Estate or the considerably bigger Ford Mondeo Estate. We think the Focus is the better estate car if you don’t need outright space. Whereas the Mondeo feels like it was primarily designed for the US market, the Focus has a distinctly European sense to it.
It may not be quite as sharp to drive as its predecessor, but this Focus Estate is more refined and on the plus side the ride quality has improved with the Focus more relaxed at speed. In 2014 Ford added new engines and tweaked the impressive 1.0 EcoBoost with a new turbo designed to give more response at lower revs, plus less noise and better real-world economy.
It’s a great little engine and belies its small size, giving the Focus plenty of get up and go, even when fully loaded. You can find a three-year-old example for this budget.
With a budget of £20,000 and you're looking at the latest Ford Focus Estate, and one that should be almost new and having covered less than 5000 miles. These newer cars sport a much nicer interior and 8-inch colour touchscreen infotainment display. The ST-Line X models are the ones to look for with a sporty body kit, spoiler and 18-inch alloys and come with the choices of EcoBlue diesels or, our choice, the excellent EcoBoost petrol.
SEAT Leon ST
Year launched: 2014
SEAT’s estate version of the Leon may not be the first car that springs to mind if you’re after a practical used estate car but it’s actually one of the best around. Space is plentiful and both the driver and passengers get plenty of leg and headroom making it comfortable for growing teenagers.
In fact, the rear seats are large enough to accommodate two adults or three younger children in comfort and fold down to offer a maximum 1470 litres of load space. The Leon ST also gets a height-adjustable floor as standard, which lets you divide the boot to prevent items – like your weekly shop - rolling around the back.
With a budget of £10,000 there’s plenty of choice. FR is the sporty model and comes with the higher powered version of the 2.0 TDI which gives lots of performance but also proves economical. If you want a more rugged look, go for an X-Perience. It's an estate car that's beefed up.
With a budget of £15,000 you can pick up a one year 2.0 TDI FR model with 5000 miles on the clock, while a budget of £20,000 means you can have your pick of the Leon range including the performance Leon Cupra version with a 300PS 2.0 TSI engine.
Honda Civic Tourer
Year launched: 2014
The Honda Civic has always had a reputation for being one of the most versatile and cleverly thought out cars on the market. And the Civic Tourer goes one further, adding estate car practicality to the formula. You also don’t have to suffer that annoying split tailgate design of the hatchback.
The brilliant rear seats are the highlight – they fold up for loading tall items on the cabin floor or they fold flat for carrying long items, while the boot itself has a false floor with a clever mechanism for raising and lowering that requires no effort or fiddling.
There are only two engines available - a 1.8 i-VTEC petrol which is good fun or the impressively economical 1.6 i-DTEC which is one the best diesels around. Quiet yet strong, it will return a genuine 60mpg plus in real-world driving making this one of the cheapest estate cars to run. Don't bad for a car that will set you back £10,000.
Peugeot 308 SW
Year launched: 2014
Peugeot isn’t afraid to do things differently as the stylish and sleek 308 SW estate car shows. It continues Peugeot’s innovative interior design with a smaller than usual steering wheel and a minimalist dash with only a handful of buttons. Amid a sea of estates, the cabin of the 308 stands out as unique.
But there’s more to the Peugeot 308 SW than just a small steering wheel. It’s good to drive with responsive steering and some excellent engines. The HDi diesels are strong yet frugal while the Puretech units make a case for themselves as the best small turbocharged petrol engines around.
The 308 SW is practical estate car too with a bigger than average 660-litre boot and rear seats that fold completely flat thanks to a one-touch fold mechanism. With a budget of £10,000 there’s lots of choice and we’d be tempted by a GT Line model with the 1.2 Puretech.
Skoda Octavia Estate
Year launched: 2013
The Octavia may have recently been replaced by a shiny new model, but there’s still plenty about this generation Octavia Estate to recommend it. For starters there's plenty of room too, with impressive space for rear passengers, particularly in terms of legroom, while the 610-litre boot has a wide opening and a low load lip, plus you can flip the rear seats down in one go by pulling on a lever in the cargo area.
Then there are Skoda’s 'simply clever' features that make owning an Octavia that little bit easier. Features such as a double-sided boot carpet, an ice scraper that fits in the fuel filler flap and a bin in the door pocket with a removable plastic bag.
A budget of £15,000 gets you a lot of choice from sporty vRS models to the more rugged Octavia Scout. If you want economy, look for a 1.6 TDI which will return a genuine 55mpg.
BMW 3 Series Touring
Year launched: 2012
BMW may be a premium brand but there’s no denying that the popularity of the 3 Series makes this a volume seller. And for many buyers, it’s the 3 Series Touring which has more appeal than the standard saloon. With engines ranging from super frugal diesels up to high performance 3.0-litre petrols, the 3 Series Touring range is all encompassing.
Being a rear-wheel-drive BMW, it’s pretty much a given that the 3 Series Touring handles superbly. Even in the lower powered models, you will still appreciate the well-weighted steering, that balanced chassis and its poise through corners. Yet it still retains an element of comfort, albeit not in the same league as the Mercedes C-Class Estate.
At this budget there’s plenty of choice of three and four-year-old cars with the 320d and 320i models very popular. M Sport is the best looker but SE is the one for comfort.
Skoda Superb Estate
Year launched: 2015
Superb by name and superb by nature, Skoda’s large car makes for one of the best estates on the market. The understated styling may not get much attention, but the Superb Estate is a car that’s more than just skin deep. It’s finished to a very high standard with a premium feel inside. This is a car that feels more Audi than Skoda.
It's massively spacious too. Aside from a lump in the floor between the rear seats, three adults could comfortably sit in the back of the Superb, with as much legroom as a Mercedes S-Class. If you have growing teenagers, they (and you) will appreciate the room. The boot can carry 660 litres of gear, which is 100 litres more than a BMW 5 Series Touring.
At a budget og £15,000 you’re looking at three and four-year old examples and there are an abundance of 2.0 TDI models around - the best are SE L Executive versions.
The Superb was facelifted in 2019 but with the most minor of updates. Not that it needed many - the Superb Estate remains one of the best cars in its class, offering exceptional value for money.
But one of the big changes was the introduction of a PHEV model, the Superb iV model which although rare, can be found for less than £30,000 with a few nearly new models around.
Year launched: 2018
Volvo is a brand once inextricably linked with estates, but the brand has changed enormously in recent years and is now arguably better known for its high quality SUVs. That’s not to say it still doesn’t do estates well though - as the latest V60 undoubtedly illustrates. As is tradition with Volvo, the V60 is extremely comfortable.
The driver’s seating position is excellent. Volvo’s seats are known for their comfort, and you could easily spend a long period of time in the V60 without suffering any great aches or pains. With a cargo capacity of 529 litres, the V60 has one of the largest boots around - beating both the 3 Series Touring and A4 Avant. All models come with an electric tailgate and the wide-opening and broad space means it can carry bulky and awkward items.
With £20k at your disposal you’ll be looking at one or two-year-old models with about 10,000 miles on the clock. The T4 is a good bet for lower mileage drivers.
Audi A6 Avant
Year launched: 2018
It may not quite be able to match the pinnacle of the BMW 5 Series Touring, but the latest Audi A6 Avant comes pretty damn close. It has one of the best interiors ever committed to a car - the same design that’s used in the Audi Q8 and A7 Sportback. The quality is as top-notch as you’d expect and it’s packed full of cutting edge tech - the virtual cockpit being one of the best features.
While not as engaging as a 5 Series Touring on the road, it drives well nonetheless and the four-wheel drive quattro models have superb traction. The engine range isn’t huge but the 40 TDI is a good choice if you want strong fuel economy. The 50 TDI is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder with plenty of power, but it’s hampered by a frustratingly unresponsive automatic gearbox, so we’d stick with the smaller engine.
With a budget of £30,000 at your disposal, you can get a one to two-year-old 40 TDI S line model with less than 5000 miles on the clock. Audi’s baffling badging system continues to confuse but the 40 TDI is powered by a 2.0 TDI which we think works really well in the A6 Avant. A budget of £40,000 gives you access to plenty of one-year-old models with only few miles on the clock.
The Toyota Avensis Touring Sports and the smaller Auris Touring Sports are the most reliable used estates on the market. The smaller Auris has appeal as it’s available as a hybrid but both are well built, durable and will provide long term reliability.
The best small estate on the market is the Skoda Fabia Estate which manages to deliver a lot of space for such a small car. If you’re on a budget, look at the Dacia Logan MCV which is the cheapest estate on the market and an ideal choice if you want a no nonsense estate.
The best estate car in 2021 is the BMW 5 Series Touring with its blend of a quality interior, large and practical boot plus superb handling. It also features a separate opening glass screen in the tailgate, handy if you’re parked in a tight spot but need access to the boot. The hugely spacious Skoda Superb is a close second.
1.4 TSI iV Sport Line Plus DSG 5dr
- 2,000 miles
- Marshall Skoda Croydon
- Surrey, CR04NZ
Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £621.53, Customer Deposit: £5,632.00, Total Deposit: £5,632.50, Optional Final Payment: £14,905.00, Total Charge For Credit: £4,741.05, Total Amount Payable: £42,291.05, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.88%, Excess Mileage Charge: 11.98ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000
2.0 TDI CR 190 Sport Line Plus 4X4 5dr DSG
- 3,394 miles
- West End Skoda Dunfermline
- Fife, KY117EG
Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £608.95, Customer Deposit: £5,219.00, Total Deposit: £5,219.25, Optional Final Payment: £12,520.00, Total Charge For Credit: £4,257.50, Total Amount Payable: £39,052.50, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.86%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8.38ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000
1.4 TSI iV Sport Line Plus DSG 5dr
- 6,500 miles
- Lookers Skoda Stockport
- United Kingdom, SK1 4AW
Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £690.83, Customer Deposit: £5,999.00, Total Deposit: £5,999.85, Optional Final Payment: £15,557.50, Total Charge For Credit: £5,737.40, Total Amount Payable: £45,736.40, Representative APR: 7.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 7.89%, Excess Mileage Charge: 11.98ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000