Best used estate cars

More space for luggage, but without the bulk of an SUV. These are the best used estate cars, with prices starting from £150 per month

BuyaCar team
Apr 4, 2022

Need to upgrade your boot space? Has the time finally come when you can no longer squeeze the family and their luggage into your reliable old hatchback? It might be time to consider up-sizing to an estate car.

Estate cars have long been the best option for families in need of more boot space for any combination of pushchairs, golf clubs or dogs. Even with all five seats in position, the 660-litre boot in the latest Skoda Superb will easily swallow a couple of prams with room to spare (most hatchbacks will offer around 350-380 litres in comparison). But the best estate cars offer all that extra space while still proving enjoyable to drive and comfortable to sit in.

SUVs have overtaken estate cars as the most popular choice for families needing a practical car, but those tall and ungainly lumps will never hold a candle to how good an estate car is to drive. Even with their stretched out proportions, the likes of the BMW 3 Series Touring remain powerful and nimble thanks to its low centre of gravity.

The best used estate cars aren't that expensive either. Check out the great deals for 10 of the best used estate cars currently available on BuyaCar. If you're looking for uncompromising boot space that doesn't impact your own driving experience, you can do no better than to make a purchase on one of these excellent wagons.

Best used estate cars

1. Skoda Superb Estate

Best used estate car for space

Our pick Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology
Used deals from £9,999
Monthly finance from £366*

The Skoda Superb is simply vast. You'll struggle to find any other car, estate or otherwise, that comes close to matching the 1,950 litres of boot space that's available when you fold the back seats down - it is among the shortlist for cars with the biggest boots. With the front passenger seat folded, too, there's enough room for items that are up to 3.3 metres long, making this the ideal car for a trip to your favourite flat-pack furniture store.

When you're not making use of all that boot space, and you've got all five seats in place, the Superb Estate a comfortable and well-equipped family car. This previous-generation model was on sale between 2015 and 2020, so while earlier versions of this older model are now much cheaper to buy, they aren't exactly long in the tooth. The interior still feels good quality and the styling remains fresh and modern. If boot space is your top priority, there is no better alternative than this superb Skoda.


2. BMW 3 Series Touring

Best used estate car for driving fun

BMW 3 Series Touring side view

Our pick BMW 320d M Sport
Used deals from £15,600
Monthly finance from £391*

A thoroughbred with the build of a shire horse, the BMW 3 Series provides plenty of space for your family, but maintains the sporty driving experience you get with the 3 Series Saloon. If you're only begrudgingly making the change to something more practical, you can retain your driving pleasure behind the wheel of one of these.

The 495-litre boot is fractionally bigger than you'll find in a Mercedes C-Class Estate or Audi A4 Avant of a similar age, and the 1,500 litres at your disposal when you fold the rear seats down should be enough for most tasks. A four-wheel-drive version, badged xDrive, offers improved traction in slippery conditions and when accelerating, but the standard two-wheel drive versions are equally capable when it comes to long-distance cruising on the motorway.


3. Volvo V60

Best used estate car for style

Our pick Volvo V60 D4 Momentum Pro
Used deals from £17,800
Monthly finance from £0*

Volvo might have built its reputation with a long history of safe and sensible cars, but more recent offerings from the Scandinavian brand have added a serious dose of tasteful style to that mix. The simple, well-proportioned shape of the Volvo V60 is complemented by a good-looking and luxurious-feeling interior, too, although some people might find the media system a little fiddly.

The V60 is the smaller of Volvo's two estate cars, but there is still 529 litres on boot space, which is likely to be plenty for most family use, and still better than its direct rivals from Mercedes, Audi and BMW. It feels like a very posh and capable car, with a comfortable driving position and effortless performance from a strong, but limited, range of efficient and refined petrol and diesel engines.


4. Skoda Octavia Estate

Best used estate for reliability

Skoda Octavia Estate side

Our pick Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI SE L DSG
Used deals from £12,290
Monthly finance from £487*

The Skoda Octavia Estate is a reliable workhorse. The previous-generation model was on sale between 2013 and 2020, with a substantial update in 2017 introducing new styling and an improved interior. Although it was recently replaced by a new model, there is still plenty to be shouted about this fantastic estate car. 

The robust, practical appeal of the Octavia Estate is there, however old the model you choose. It has an impeccable reliability record, so you ought to have no worries about keeping this car going for a good few years, while the 590-litre boot is also very impressive considering the car's overall size. If you’re looking for a fuss-free, practical motor, there are few better bets.


5. Audi S4 Avant

Best used estate for performance

Our pick Audi S4 Avant 3.0 TFSI Quattro
Used deals from £29,851
Monthly finance from £0*

Few cars balance a classy feel with true workhorse ability like a good Audi estate. And with the S4 Avant, Audi adds potent performance and a sparkling ability to put a smile on a driver’s face through the corners to this compelling mix.

It’s not as dramatic-looking or as outrageously fast as its bigger brother, the muscular RS4 Avant, but away from the test track – out in the real world – you’re not going to feel shortchanged in terms of pace by the 3.0-litre turbocharged V6. Performance cars are about more than going fast in a straight line, though – and this is where the S4 Avant plays its trump card: it is genuinely brilliant when the roads turn twisty.


6. Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Best used estate car for luxury

Our pick Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.2D Portfolio
Used deals from £14,222
Monthly finance from £0*

Arriving in late 2012, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake took the elegant Jaguar XF saloon and added a generous helping of load-lugging ability, thanks to a 565-litre boot (that expands to 1,700 litres with the rear seats down). There are 3.0-litre V6 diesels (which are excellent), but the 2.2-litre is the better option for keeping running costs low.

Inside, the car is conservatively designed, but it will appeal to buyers who like a bit of wood inlay and leather seating. It’s a pleasant place to be but with a little technology to bring things up to date. It's much more affordable than the newer model, which arrived in 2017.


7. Kia Ceed SW

Best used estate car for warranty

Our pick Kia Ceed SW 1.6 CRDi 3
Used deals from £9,999
Monthly finance from £366*

A new version of the Kia Cee'd may have arrived now (it doesn't have an apostrophe in the name anymore) but the older generation car has still got plenty going for it, with practicality, economy and excellent build quality for a relatively low price.

All Cee’ds are well equipped and diesel-powered models should return more than 50mpg in real-world driving which will go a long way to reducing your fuel bills. Plus, you'll have the remainder of Kia’s seven-year warranty for additional peace of mind if you find the very latest models of this previous-generation car.


8. Peugeot 308 SW

Best used estate car for comfort

Our pick Peugeot 308 SW 1.6 BlueHDi 120 Allure
Used deals from £9,649
Monthly finance from £189*

If you’re looking for a comfortable ride, the Peugeot 308 SW delivers one of the smoothest, quietest experiences around. In fact, it is significantly more comfortable on the road than considerably more expensive estates. This makes it a refreshing and easygoing companion on long journeys.

It supplements this serene comfort with an impressive amount of equipment – even the most basic models feature climate control, digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, sat-nav and rear parking sensors. Add in 660 litres of boot space (significantly more than you’ll get in the much larger Audi A6 Avant) and the overall recipe is a tempting one. Especially if comfort is at the top of your shopping list.


9. Volvo V90

Best used estate car for safety

Our pick Volvo V90 2.0 D5 PowerPulse Inscription
Used deals from £18,000
Monthly finance from £0*

The Volvo V90 is the latest in a long line of great Volvo estates, and it's also one of the safest. Volvo takes safety seriously, supplementing the usual suite of airbags and crash structures with sophisticated options like the City Safety self-braking system and blind-spot warning alerts.

Stylish and minimalist design elements, some of the most comfortable seats anywhere in the car market and a touchscreen media display ensure a highly comfortable estate car. A 560-litre boot (expandable to 1,526 litres) adds that all-important practicality, plus there’s a host of safety equipment, including a semi-autonomous piloted driving feature that can accelerate, brake and steer on motorways to add a glimpse into the future.


10. Volkswagen Golf Estate

Best used estate car for conventionality

Volkswagen Golf Estate side view

Our pick Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI SE DSG
Used deals from £9,990
Monthly finance from £272*

Consistent quality, an inoffensive design and a focus on comfort have maintained the success of the Volkswagen Golf over what is now eight generations of this iconic name. This is the previous-generation version that was on sale from 2013-2020, so it should be simple to pick one up. A series of updates over the course of its life means that the latest models will feature improvements to the dashboard screen as well as some styling tweaks compared with older versions.

Overall the Golf estate delivers the same dependable and comfortable driving experience that you get in the Golf hatchback, which rides and corners well and comes with decent levels of usable equipment. In many ways it's the benchmark that all other rivals are measured against, so you know you'll be getting a car that's got very little wrong with it.


*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%

Buyacar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.


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