Best small estate cars to buy in 2019

If you need room for buggies and bags but don't want an SUV, try a small estate car for size

BuyaCar team
Mar 6, 2019

There's barely a car owner that's never wished for a bigger boot, so it's a mystery why small estate cars 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 £4,990 on BuyaCar, with finance payments from £87 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 for value for money

Our pick Skoda Fabia Estate 1.0TSI SE
Latest Skoda Fabia Estate deals from £6,509
Finance from £99 per month

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 estate or Ford Focus. 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.
Skoda Fabia buying guide

 

2. Mini Clubman

Best small estate car for style

Our pick Mini Clubman Cooper S
Latest Mini Clubman deals from £8,000
Finance from £142 per month

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.
Mini Clubman buying guide

 

3. Seat Ibiza SW

Best small estate car for engine choice

Our pick Seat Ibiza ST Estate
Latest Seat Ibiza Estate deals from £5,995
Finance from £104 per month

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.

Lack of demand means that the latest Seat Ibiza is no longer available as an estate car, but there are plenty of previous-generation cars to choose from.

 

4. Dacia Logan

Best small estate car for cheap motoring

Our pick Dacia Logan 0.9
Latest Dacia Logan deals from £4,990
Finance from £87 per month

When we say the Dacia Logan is cheap, we mean, really cheap. Prices from new start from £8,495, and while base model Access cars don’t even get 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 engine, as the 1.2-litre engine is too slow to haul a Logan, let alone a Logan with a boot full of wares.
Dacia Logan buying guide

    

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