Best petrol estate car

Fancy a smooth and economical petrol-powered car with a big boot? Check out our favourite practical petrol estate cars below

Sam Naylor
Nov 18, 2021

Estate cars are the perfect kind of car for someone looking for an all-rounder - a car that is suited to a huge number of tasks, from everyday commuting to family holidays or taking some mountain bikes on an epic trip in comfort.

With diesel falling out of favour, more and more drivers are looking for petrol cars, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite used petrol estate cars to help you find one that’s perfect for your situation.

We’ve looked at models in a range of sizes and with a number of different budgets in mind, so there should be something here whether you’re looking for a cheap but practical runaround or a comfortable and luxurious estate that can handle continental trips with ease.

An estate car is usually a version of a saloon model that has had the roofline extended and a wide-opening hatchback added (like the BMW 3 Series Touring), but there are also lengthened versions of hatchbacks (such as the Skoda Fabia Estate) that add extra luggage room courtesy of their lengthened tail ends.

Either way, estate cars are very practical. As the hatchback boot opening is nice and low to the ground, unlike with a similarly-sized high-riding SUV, it’s easier to load them and for dogs to jump in. There’s usually a long load bay too, with folding rear seats to allow long items like bicycles to easily fit inside.

Sometimes you’ll find that saloon versions of certain cars have a larger boot space figure than the estate model, but don’t be fooled - the estate versions are typically far more practical, as they have a more usable shape to the load area - and it's much easier to load large items, as the boot opening is so much bigger.

Read on to find out the best used petrol estate cars available now on BuyaCar. Or, if you'd rather, you can also check out our list of the outright best estate cars.

Best used petrol estates

1. BMW 3 Series Touring

Best for all-round appeal

Our pick BMW 3 Series Touring 320i Sport
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You could easily make the argument that the BMW 3 Series Touring is the best all-round car on sale today. The only nick in its armour is that it’s not as spacious as some of the other cars on this list, but there’s still plenty of room in the boot - 500 litres - and there’s a good amount of passenger space in the back as well.

The BMW comes into its own in just about every other area, though. It’s fantastic to drive, very comfortable and has a smart interior packed with the latest tech. The 320i model uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine that’s smooth, quiet and powerful, so it’s our pick here.

It comes with a slick automatic gearbox that makes it easy to drive, and the sophisticated media system comes with sat-nav as standard, plus lots of other helpful features. It’s a luxurious car considering the affordable price, too.


2. Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

Best for value for money

Our pick Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer 1.6T SRi VX-Line Nav
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The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer is one of the most spacious models on this list, and yet it’s also one of the most affordable. It’s incredibly cheap considering how good it is to drive and how much space there is both in the cabin and in the boot.

There’s so much legroom in the back that we can’t think of anyone who would complain about feeling cramped, and the boot is a substantial 560 litres. Even better, the Insignia is good to drive and is comfortable even on pothole-covered British roads.

The 1.6-litre petrol engine is powerful for its size, with 200hp, and keeps things relaxed because you don’t have to work it hard to get good performance. It’s quiet and smooth, too, so it makes a good everyday family car.


3. Audi A6 Avant

Best for long-range cruising

Our pick Audi A6 Avant 1.8 TFSI S Line S Tronic
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If we were to pick one car from this list in which to drive from one end of the UK to another, or deep into continental Europe, it would be the Audi A6 Avant. This comfortable, luxurious cruiser is perfect for long motorway trips, as it’s quiet, smooth and luxurious.

'Avant' is Audi’s name for its estate variants, and the A6 Avant is a great choice, as it has lots of room in the back for holiday gear. There’s 565 litres of space in the boot, which is massive, and there’s lots of leg and headroom in the back seats, too.

The petrol version we’ve selected here is the 1.8-litre petrol, as it strikes a good balance between value for money, performance and fuel economy. If you wanted a more muscular engine, the 3.0-litre versions are excellent, although they do use a lot more fuel.


4. Dacia Logan MCV

Best for low budgets

Our pick Dacia Logan MCV 0.9 TCe Comfort
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The Dacia Logan MCV is a great choice of estate car if you are working to a tight budget, because it offers a lot of space for not a lot of money, and it’s also cheap to run. The 0.9-litre petrol version isn't the strongest, but it’s adequate for most trips and returns good fuel economy.

The Logan MCV’s biggest selling point, aside from the low price, is the space inside. It’s not a large car on the outside but the interior is roomy, and the 573-litre boot is one of the biggest on this list. That shows just how practical the MCV is.

It’s basic inside, with hard plastic trim and cheap-looking fabric on the seats, but it's this that enables the price to be so low and it’s easy enough to maintain. The interior is hard-wearing, so it works really well as an everyday runaround for the family.


5. Skoda Fabia Estate

Best for low running costs

Skoda Fabia Estate side view

Our pick Skoda Fabia Estate 1.0 TSI SE
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The Skoda Fabia Estate is an often-forgotten small family car that brings together several really appealing elements. It’s comfortable, good to drive, practical and cheap to run, so it’s all the better that it’s also great value second-hand.

There’s 530 litres of boot space, which is excellent given the car’s small size. It’s easy to drive and park, as visibility is good and the controls are nice and light. Some versions come with sat-nav, so check it’s included before you buy if that's important to you.

The 1.0-litre petrol engine is the model we’ve picked here. Go for the 'TSI' version rather than the 'MPI', as it uses a turbocharger to boost power and makes it easier to drive without having to work it hard. It still returns high fuel economy figures, so it’s a great engine.


6. Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

Best for driving in town

Our pick Toyota Corolla Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid Design
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If you are interested in a hybrid car but aren’t able to plug in at home, then the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is an excellent choice. The hybrid versions are superb and recharge themselves using the on-board petrol engine, so you use it like a normal car - but enjoy very good fuel economy, particularly around town.

The 1.8-litre model is good value and great to drive, with comfortable suspension and ultra-quiet running when the electric motor is driving the wheels and the engine automatically switches off. It’s also fun to drive on twisty roads.

With 598 litres of boot space it’s very roomy in the luggage area, and there’s plenty of room for passengers as well. The Toyota is a fantastic choice if you want a practical and comfortable car that’s really cheap to run. Especially for those who do lots of town driving.


7. Volvo V60

Best for style

Our pick Volvo V60 T5 Inscription
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The Volvo V60 is part of a long tradition of Volvo estate cars, but the boxy look of the older models is long gone these days - and while 529 litres of boot space is plenty for most people, it’s not one of the most spacious cars here.

However, the V60 is one of the most stylish and modern-looking cars around, and the interior is even better. It’s well-designed, luxurious, comfortable and has loads of modern tech including sat-nav on a portrait-oriented touchscreen media system on the dashboard.

The T5 engine is a decent petrol option as it’s quiet and comes with a smooth automatic gearbox as standard, although it’s not all that economical. It is pretty powerful though, so overtaking isn’t a pain at all.


8. Volkswagen Passat Estate

Best for affordable luxury

Our pick Volkswagen Passat Estate 1.5 TSI SE Nav
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The Volkswagen Passat sits in a middle ground between cheaper family estate cars such as the Vauxhall Insignia and more upmarket cars such as the Volvo V60. This means it’s great value - used prices are affordable and you get a lot for your money.

The Passat has 650 litres of boot space, which is very generous, and there’s loads of leg and headroom in the back seats as well. The cabin is smart and well-built, and while the materials aren’t as plush as in the BMW 3 Series or Volvo V60, it’s a comfortable place to sit.

The Volkswagen is good to drive, and the 1.5-litre petrol engine is very impressive. It’s smooth, powerful enough and quiet, while still bringing excellent fuel economy, thanks in part to clever technology that shuts off part of the engine when it’s not needed, to save fuel.


*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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