Best used electric estate cars to buy in 2022

Low running costs and lots of luggage space: here are the best electric estate cars and other practical alternatives

Harry Waring
Feb 4, 2022

Estate cars have an elongated rear end which provides additional interior space and a larger than average boot, making them both practical and comfortable. Estate cars are great for transporting luggage or equipment, and passengers will sit comfortably with plenty of legroom as a result of the additional rear space. Given the low running costs of electric cars, it's easy to understand why an all-electric estate car may sound like a fantastic idea for use as a family car or a general workhorse.

However, the popularity of crossovers and SUVs has meant estate cars are no longer the most popular choice for car buyers looking for practicality and comfort. As a result of the growing popularity of crossover style cars, there aren’t many options for electric-only estates in the UK. Despite this, we have put together this list of the best electric estates currently available and also included some great alternatives, such as electric crossovers and hybrid petrol/electric powered estates cars.

Best electric estate cars

1. Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo

Best electric estate for performance

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Porsche’s first fully electric car isn’t the cheapest option on this list but it is certainly one of the best electric estate cars on sale today. The Cross Turismo features off-road styling and a larger boot than the saloon version of the Taycan. The result is a desirable, sporty and spacious electric estate car with a big boot and fantastic looks.

The Taycan Cross Turismo is available in four levels of performance with different motors and power outputs. The entry-level model is called the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo and has 476hp, while the range-topping Turbo S variant puts out an incredible 761hp. All versions of the Taycan Cross Turismo are equipped with Porsche’s 93.4kWh 'Performance Battery Plus', so a maximum range of 277 miles is claimed across all Taycan Cross Turismo variants. The boot space is impressive considering the Taycan Cross Turismo’s high performance, with up to 446 litres of storage space available with the rear seats raised.

If the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo fits within your budget, it is one of the best electric cars currently on sale. In terms of electric-powered estate cars, it doesn’t get much better than the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo.

2. MG 5

Best electric estate for value

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The MG 5 is a much more reasonably priced option than the Porsche, but it is a fantastic electric estate car that represents great value for money. If you are searching for a reasonably priced, electric-powered estate with enough room to fit the entire family, the MG 5 should be near the top of your list.

The MG 5 costs a fraction of the price of some of its more luxurious rivals, but comes will all of the equipment and range you would expect in a modern electric car. The MG 5 is equipped with a 61.1kWh battery which provides a maximum of 250 miles of range and the car is equipped with modern technology in a comfortable and stylish interior. The entry-level Excite model features alloy wheels, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, keyless entry and rear parking sensors as standard. Vehicles fitted with the Exclusive trim level include additional equipment such as a leather-effect interior trim, heated seats in the front, six-way electrical adjustment for the driver’s seat, a built-in sat-nav and automatic window wipers.

The MG 5 features an impressive boot, with up to 464 litres available with the rear seats raised. Folding the rear passenger seats will add extra storage room for 1,456 litres of space. The MG 5 is not as stylish or quick as other cars on this list, but it offers great value and is one of the only fully electric estate cars available in the UK.

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3. Skoda Enyaq iV

Best electric crossover for practicality

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While the Skoda Enyaq iV may be more of a crossover SUV than an estate car, it’s worth considering if you want to buy a practical electric car. As a part of the Volkswagen group, the Enyaq iV shares its underpinnings with the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Audi Q4 e-tron, making for a spacious electric vehicle that will comfortably fit a driver and four passengers.

The Enyaq iV is available in two battery options: the 58kWh iV 60 produces 179hp and has a claimed range of 255 miles, while the 77kWh iV 80 produces 204hp and has a boosted claimed range of 330 miles. A four-wheel-drive variant is also available called the iV 80x and it uses the 77kWh battery to produce 265hp, though the heavy four-wheel-drive system reduces claimed range to 303 miles.

The Enyaq iV features five different cabin trims to suit your taste and lifestyle, with each package offering different standard equipment and features. The rear boot space is impressive at 585 litres, which is more than its rivals such as the Volkswagen ID.4 and the Kia e-Niro.

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4. Kia e-Niro

Best electric crossover for value

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The Kia e-Niro is another crossover, but it is one of the best electric cars on sale today. It is a great replacement for families who don’t cover lots of miles. The e-Niro offers practicality and plug-in rechargeability, making it a great alternative to an electric estate car.

The Kia e-Niro is available with two battery options. The entry-level model features a 39 kWh battery and puts out 136hp and will reach around 282 miles on a single charge. A larger battery is also available, with the 64Kwh battery boosting claimed range up to 282 miles. Performance is also increased on this larger battery variant to 204hp.

Practicality is a key feature of the Kia e-Niro, with 451 litres of rear boot space available or an impressive 1,405 litres accessible with the rear seats folded. While it may not look like an estate, the Kia e-Niro offers all of the practical benefits a family may need from an electric car.

KIA NIRO BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Vauxhall Combo e-life/Citroen e-Berlingo/Peugeot e-Rifter

Best electric van for spaciousness

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If you had not previously considered an electric van, these models may be worth your attention. These electric vans are all built upon the same vehicle platform and share many similarities. While they may not be as stylish as an estate car, they offer plenty of space for passengers and can store plenty of luggage.

Our favourite of the three vans is the Vauxhall Combo e-life, which comes with a 50kWh battery pack that puts out 136hp and yields a claimed range of 174 miles on a single charge. The regular five-seat model has a list-topping 597-litre boot space which can be expanded up to 2,126 litres when the rear seats are folded. The XL model adds two additional seats to carry up to seven people.

If you don’t mind van styling, the Combo e-life will is one of the most spacious and practical electric cars you can buy today.

VAUXHALL COMBO LIFE BUYERS' GUIDECITROEN BERLINGO BUYERS' GUIDEPEUGEOT RIFTER BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Volvo V60 T6/T8

Best plug-in hybrid estate for looks

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While the V60 T6/T8 may not be an entirely electric-powered car, we believe it deserves a place on this list because it is a fantastic estate with the flexibility of both petrol and electric power. The V60 plug-in hybrid models have an electric range of around 25 miles, so a short commute on electric-only power is not out of the question.

It's spacious (with a 529-litre boot), luxurious and its looks have been well-received. It's also pretty quick; the petrol engine and electric motor can combine with a burst of power to take the V90 from 0-62mph in just under five seconds.

VOLVO V60 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE

Best plug-in hybrid estate for families

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With a realistic electric range of 25 to 30 miles, the Passat GTE has enough battery power that some families will rarely hear the car’s petrol engine kick in. Even on longer journeys, when you're relying on the petrol engine, the car will return up to 55mpg, which isn't bad for a large petrol-powered vehicle.

Internally and externally, the car is very similar to the standard Passat, but you will find a few compromises. Boot storage is reduced by 180 litres to accommodate the battery pack and it’s it doesn’t ride as well over bumpy roads as a result of the increased weight. At the moment, you’re best off looking for a nearly new or used VW Passat GTE, as an updated version is not yet on sale.

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Mercedes C-Class Estate

Best plug-in hybrid estate for choice

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Most hybrid vehicles rely on petrol power when the electric batteries die. Fail to keep these topped up and running a plug-in hybrid could prove costly, thanks to the extra weight of the batteries that the engine needs to carry around. While diesel cars typically emit more harmful gasses at lower speeds, motorway journeys can see some models exceed 70mpg. A diesel plug-in hybrid combines city-centre electric motoring with high-speed diesel efficiency, but don't expect to achieve the 235mpg that Mercedes claims. 

Because the C300de engine was only sold in the higher trim levels, all cars come well equipped. You can expect cruise control, an electric tailgate, a reversing camera, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control and heated seats in the front. 

If you like the look of the C-Class Estate but rarely take the motorway, the petrol-powered C350e/C300e could prove similarly as efficient. Whichever version you go for, the automatic gearbox should help to take some of the stress out of stop-start traffic.

MERCEDES C-CLASS ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

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