For those looking for the handling and styling of a saloon combined with the space and practicality of an SUV, an estate car is the perfect middle ground. Fortunately, there is a wide range of estate cars for you to choose from; in terms of brands, size and pricing.
We’re going to show you a few of our top picks, and hopefully one of them will be the best estate car for you:
- Audi A6
- BMW 3 Series Touring
- Jaguar XF Sportbrake
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
- Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
- Volkswagen Golf Estate
The A6 epitomises the style and innovation you would expect from an Audi. The interior is very stylish and luxurious, from the plush leather seats to the two large touchscreens, and you’ll find an extensive range of high-tech features that you won’t find in every estate car. The A6 also excels on a practical level thanks to its roomy cabin, which offers more than enough space for even the tallest passengers to stretch out. In fact, if space is one of your main priorities, you may wish to note that its seat-down capacity of 1,680 litres makes the A6 one of the largest estate cars currently on the market.
Prices start from £41,475
BMW have effortlessly combined practicality and the class they famous for to create the 3 Series Touring. It’s a sporty estate car with impressive power, but comfort is never compromised. The engine is modern, and utilises the latest technologies to increase fuel efficiency, while the sport mode makes for a more exhilarating drive. It’s also available as a plug-in hybrid estate car if you’re looking for an even more sustainable option. You’ll find intuitive technology inside, such as the new Intelligent Personal Assistant, which learns and remembers driver behaviour. This combined with sublime handling, an athletic design and a maximum boot capacity of 1,510 litres, makes the BMW 3 Series Touring a fantastic estate car.
Prices start from £34,065
With the XF Sportbrake, Jaguar have successfully managed to maintain the excellent handling and driving capability of the XF Saloon despite the size increase. Due to Jaguar’s Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, the XF Sportbrake is also highly efficient to drive and can reduce emissions to as low as 124g/km while also getting you from 0-60mph in as quick as 5.4 seconds. The contemporary design, superb craftsmanship and InControl infotainment system create an air of relaxed refinement, and with an incredible 1,700 litres of boot space when the seats are folded, the XF Sportbrake is one of the largest, most luxurious estate cars.
Prices start from £37,390
The E-Class Estate possesses an elegant silhouette that exudes the strong, luxurious design cues of a classic Mercedes-Benz. This is the largest estate car on our list, with the E-Class boasting a mammoth maximum boot capacity of 1,820 litres. Even with its large dimensions, you can still cruise from 0-62mh in up to 4.5 seconds, and with 435hp under the bonnet, this is one powerful vehicle. There’s plenty of exciting tech features including the KEYLESS-GO comfort package, which allows you to open the boot automatically with a simple kicking motion if your hands are full. The E-Class Estate is a lavish-yet-practical vehicle, which makes it an ideal family estate car.
Prices start from £40,550
One of the more budget-friendly estate cars on our list comes from Toyota. The Corolla Touring Sports is visually appealing with its futuristic exterior design, and a rigid body and low centre of gravity result in a smooth ride and easy handling. Inside there is a range of technology, including the Toyota Safety Sense driver assistance package, accessible via the easy-to-use and intuitive 7inch TFT display. The Corolla Touring Sports is a hybrid estate car, and you can choose between the 1.8 litre or the 2.0 litre hybrid engine for effortless acceleration and a spirited drive. Although not as luxurious as some of the other models, this vehicle is a fantastic option comprising of a great design, innovative features, and an impressive maximum boot capacity of just over 1,600 litres.
Prices start from £27,485
Volkswagen bring a great value estate car into the mix in the form of the Golf Estate. As well as an appealing look, it offers the practicality and versatility that you’re looking for. The interior is spacious and comfortable, and the bonus of up to 1,620 litres of boot space means that you’ll easily fit your cargo inside. There’s a sophisticated infotainment system, as well as the latest advancements in driver assistance, and if you want a sporty edge to your drive, you can always opt for the R trim and reach 0-60mph is under 5 seconds. Impressive features, a wide selection of trims and a very attractive price tag make the Golf Estate a real all-rounder.
Prices start from £22,325