Best used estate cars

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

Craig Thomas
Oct 11, 2018

If your car's boot is bursting, with luggage stacked up to the top of the back window, then an estate car could be the solution. With a boot that's longer and higher than the average saloon or hatchback, it can spell an end to squashed shopping and the need for military-standard packing.

Despite the growing appeal of tall crossovers and sport utility vehicles (SUVs), estate cars remain popular, as they often look more stylish than an off-road-style vehicle. As they are lower to the ground, they are often nimbler and more stable in corners too.

Their strong sales mean that there are plenty of examples on the used market, from nearly-new cars to bargains that are three-or-four years old, with prices for relatively recent models starting at less than £150 on finance.

Scroll down for ten of the best or click below for all current deals.

Best used estate cars

1. Skoda Superb Estate

Best used estate car for space

Our pick Skoda Superb SE Technology 2.0 TDI 150PS
Latest Skoda Superb Estate deals (current model) from £11,990
Finance from £185 per month

The Skoda Superb is simply vast. You'll struggle to find any estate car that comes close to matching the 1,950 litres of space that's available when you put the seats down. With the front passenger seat folded forwards, there's enough room for items that are up to 3.3m long, making this the car you want to be in when buying flat-pack bookcase or Christmas tree.

With seats in place, it's a comfortable and well-equipped family car. Now that it has been on sale for three years, the current generation of Superb is starting to look cheap.
Skoda Superb buying guide


2. BMW 3 Series Touring

Best used estate car for driving fun

Our pick BMW 320d M Sport
Latest BMW 3 Series Touring deals from £11,100
Finance from £163 per month

A throughbred with the build of a shire horse, BMW's 3 Series provides plenty of space for your family, along with a sporty driving experience - even in the least powerful diesel versions - that'll make you forget that the boxy space behind the driving seat.

The 495-litre boot is fractionally bigger than you'll find in a Mercedes C-Class or Audi A4 Avant 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 grip when accelerating.
BMW 3 Series buying guide


Seat Leon ST

Best used estate car for style

Our pick Seat Leon 1.4 TSI ACT FR
Latest Seat Leon Sport Tourer deals from £7,149
Finance from £121 per month

The Leon ST went on sale in 2014, so there are quite a few used cars now on the market, including some nearly new examples that have benefited from a minor update in 2017, which introduced some technology improvements. A 2015 car powered by the flexible, economical 1.4-litre petrol engine can be picked up for less than £12,000, with monthly payments of under £190 a month.

The latest Leon has an eye-catching design and benefits from sharing its mechanical parts with the excellent Volkswagen Golf, but without the extra cost of that VW badge. Definitely worth a look.
Seat Leon buying guide


Skoda Octavia Estate

Best used estate for reliability

Our pick Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI SE L DSG
Latest Skoda Octavia Estate deals from £9,490
Finance from £156 per month

The Skoda Octavia Estate is a reliable workhorse. The current generation has been around since 2013, but a recent update might mean a few extra cars on the market as owners trade theirs in for a newer model, which stands out with four headlights at the front.

However, the revisions are relatively mild – a few styling tweaks here, a technology update there – and the underlying reasons why the Octavia Estate is such a hit are still in evidence with the older cars. Reliability is possibly foremost among them and the Octavia has a strong reputation among owners for keeping going without problems. The 590-litre boot is also very capacious for the car’s size, which also recommends it to those buyers looking for a fuss-free, practical motor.
Skoda Octavia buying guide


Mercedes-AMG E63 Estate

Best used estate for performance

Our pick Mercedes-AMG E63 S AMG 4Matic+ Premium
Latest Mercedes-AMG E-Class deals from £36,889
Finance from £551 per month

The Mercedes-Benz E63 S AMG Estate is probably the very pinnacle of the estate market, with only the Audi RS6 anywhere close to rivalling it. It’s also the range-topper of the E-Class Estate range, so it comes in at a pretty hefty price.

The less-expensive models still have plenty of power but may be from the E-Class range that was replaced in late 2016. The current model does an even better job of combining supercar performance with a luxurious cabin, complete with all the latest connectivity technology. Make no mistake: this is a special car and the ultimate in estates.
Mercedes E-Class Estate buying guide


Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Best used estate car for luxury

Our pick Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.2D Portfolio
Latest Jaguar Xf Sportbrake deals from £14,950
Finance from £239 per month

Arriving in late 2012, the XF Sportbrake took the stately design of Jaguar’s XF saloon and added an additional element 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 though, in a gentleman’s club kind of way, but with a little technology to bring things up to date. It's much more affordable than the newer model, which arrived in 2017.


Kia Cee'd SW

Best used estate car for warranty

Our pick Kia Cee’d SW 1.6 CRDi 3
Latest Kia Cee'd Sportswagon deals from £7,495
Finance from £132 per month

A new version of the Kia Cee'd may have just been launched but the outgoing 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 specified and diesel-powered models should return more than 50mpg in real-world driving, helping to cut running costs. Plus, you'll have the remainder of Kia’s seven-year warranty for additional peace of mind.
Kia Cee'd buying guide


Renault Megane Sport Tourer

Best used estate car for comfort

Our pick Renault Megane 1.5 dCi 110 Dynamique Nav
Latest Renault Megane Sport Tourer deals (current model) from £12,250
Finance from £176 per month

The latest Megane Sport Tourer is a relatively new car, having only arrived in 2016, but it’s worth going for this generation (with the distinctive hook shape underneath the headlamps), as its swooping design is popular and it comes with features such as Renault’s latest touchscreen, which integrates simply with your mobile phone. It also rides well, soaking up rutted roads and broken surfaces.

Despite the Megane's appeal, it loses value quickly from new, which makes it an excellent choice of nearly-new car. Recent models with a few thousand miles are good value, with an almost £7,000 reduction on the list price for a new car and monthly finance payments of just over £230.
Renault Megane buying guide


Volvo V90

Best used estate car for safety

Our pick Volvo V90 2.0 D5 PowerPulse Inscription
Latest Volvo V90 deals from £23,495
Finance from £317 per month

The Volvo V90 is the latest in a long line of great Volvo estates – and another sign that the Swedish company is firing on all cylinders again. Available since 2016, there are used examples that will enable buyers to save about £12,000 on a year-old car, with monthly finance repayments of around £460.

Stylish, minimalist Scandi-design elements, some of the most comfortable seats anywhere in the car market and a hi-tech, large dashboard touchscreen 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.
Volvo V90 buying guide


Volkswagen Golf Estate

Best used estate car for conventionality

Our pick Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI SE DSG
Latest VW Golf Estate deals from £8,689
Finance from £146 per month

Consistent quality, an inoffensive design and a focus on comfort has maintained the success of the Volkswagen Golf over seven generations of car. The current version has been around since 2013, so it should be simple to pick one up. A series of updates made earlier this year means that nearly-new models will have small improvements to the dashboard screen, as well as some styling tweaks. But go for a car that's a year-old and you could have a 1.6-litre diesel for almost half of the price of a new car.

What you get for that is a conservative but dependably Golf-like estate, which rides and corners well and comes with decent levels of usable equipment. And it’s well, a Golf, so you know exactly what you’re getting.
VW Golf buying guide


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