Best small estate cars to buy in 2021

If you need room for buggies and bags but don't want an SUV, these small estate cars offers are easy to manage and easy to live with

BuyaCar team
Feb 12, 2021

Ever look at your small car and wish you had a bigger boot? It would be easy to make the switch to something much bigger, but not everyone wants to lumber around in a bulky SUV or riverboat-esque estate. 

Well your quest for more boot space might be solvable, without compromising on that easy parking you've grown so used to. In fact some of the best small cars on sale are available in an estate form, and it's a wonder they aren't more popular.

With compact dimensions that - in some cases - are close to a Ford Fiesta, these cars are easy to manoeuvre and cheap to run, but can carry a surprisingly large amount of stuff.

The Nissan Qashqai, for example, has 430 litres of space in its boot, which falls far short of the 530 litres in the shorter Skoda Fabia Estate. Prices for small estates are reasonable too: They start at £5,480 on BuyaCar, with finance payments from £123 per month There may not be many to choose from, but the best small estate cars shown below are mighty.

Best small estate cars

1. Skoda Fabia Estate

Best small estate car forvalue for money

Our pick Skoda Fabia Estate 1.0 TSI SE
Used deals from £9,890
Monthly finance from £187*

The Skoda Fabia may be a small car, but it’s one with a massive boot. With the seats up it can hold 530-litres, more than a larger Kia Cee’d Sportswagon or Ford Focus Estate. It’ll store even more than the much larger Skoda Karoq crossover.

The little Skoda is also significantly cheaper than many other estate cars too, and while it’s not as plush on the inside as say, a VW Polo, it’s still a nice place to sit. It also comes with a good automatic gearbox if that’s your bag.

The 1.4-litre diesel engine can officially get more than 70mpg too, although in general we’d only recommend a diesel if you travel more than 15,000 miles a year.


2. Mini Clubman

Best small estate car for style

Our pick Mini Clubman Cooper S
Used deals from £14,699
Monthly finance from £270*

Minis are well known as fashionable cars, and the Clubman is aimed at families who need the space of an estate, but desire the character of a Mini.

The Clubman is also a relatively sporty estate, even the lowest powered cars never feel slow, and the car in general is nimble and fun.

The size of the boot isn’t the biggest here, but at 360-litres it’s on par with the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3, and is big enough for bulky buggies.


3. Seat Ibiza ST

Best small estate car for engine choice

Our pick Seat Ibiza ST
Used deals Limited stock

Both Seat and Skoda belong to the Volkswagen empire, so this Ibiza is pretty similar underneath to the Skoda Fabia already mentioned on this list.

The Seat might be slightly lacking in overall boot size, but with the rear seats down it can house a gargantuan 1,164-litres. It also has a great selection of engines, from a 1.2-litre petrol engine aimed for town driving, to 1.6-litre diesels that will be as good as swallowing up miles as the boot is at accommodating luggage.

There's a new version of the Seat Leon on sale now, but previous-generation models still have plenty to offer along with excellent value for money.


4. Dacia Logan MCV

Best small estate car for cheap motoring

Our pick Dacia Logan 0.9 TCe
Used deals from £5,480
Monthly finance from £123*

When we say the Dacia Logan is cheap, we mean, really cheap. Prices from new start from £8,495, and while base model Access models don’t even come equipped with alloy wheels, they do have a big 573-litre boot.

The exterior design is basic and somewhat slab-side, and inside, things are pretty plain. You can tell it’s built to a price with the materials, but the fit and finish isn’t too bad.

Engine-wise, it’s worth the extra money for the newer 0.9-litre petrol engine, as the 1.2-litre alternative is too slow to haul a Logan, let alone a Logan with a boot full of wares.


*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta Titanium:

Monthly payments over 48 months: £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage allowance: 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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