What Are The Best Estate Cars 2021?

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Once upon a time Estate cars were the go-to option for families wanting a spacious run-around that could easily double-up as a professional work’s car. SUVs may be more trendy right now, but there are still some great Estate cars available for an absolute bargain.

 

In our latest article we show you the best Estate cars money can buy (or lease) in 2021. Read on to discover which model is right for you!

 

1. Skoda Octavia Estate

 
Best estate cars - Skoda Octavie Estate
 
  • Boot space: 640 litres
  • Passenger space: ★★★★
  • Interior quality: ★★★★
  • Tech/convenience features: ★★★★
  • Efficiency: ★★★★★
  • Performance: ★★★
 

The Skoda Octavia Estate has carved a good name for itself in the family car sector. A stretched version of the regular Octavia hatchback, the Octavia Estate has bucketloads of space for people and luggage for a cutthroat price.

As you can see from the stats above, the Octavia Estate is renowned for its giant boot, which is the same size as the class-leading Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.

Diesel, petrol and hybrid engines are available across the Octavia Estate range, the former of which pulls srong from low revs. If you’re a company car driver and diesel is your go-to choice, go for the more powerful ‘2.0 TDI 150’ for the best balance of performance and efficiency. The plug-in hybrid 1.4 TSI iV version is even savvier and pacier still, with an electric-only mode capable of taking you 41 miles between charges.

While the petrol engines aren’t as quick, they’re the most popular in that they achieve a balance between good performance and fuel economy. The 1.5 TFSI 150 petrol unit is the standout option here, with enough oomph to take you from 0-62mph in 8 seconds, though you will have to work it a bit harder.

 

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2. BMW 5 Series Touring

 
Best estate cars - BMW 5 Series Touring
 
  • Boot space: 570 litres
  • Passenger space: ★★★★
  • Interior quality: ★★★★★
  • Tech/convenience features: ★★★★★
  • Efficiency: ★★★★
  • Performance: ★★★★★
 

There aren’t many cars as ‘complete’ in a sense of being an all-round great vehicle than the BMW 5 Series Touring. It may be a more expensive option than the budget Octavia Estate, but in return you get a helluva lot of premium quality.

Step inside and you’re greeted by the super impressive Professional Multimedia system from BMW which is up there with the best. On top of this, you’ll be hard done by to find anything but soft-touch materials and real trims around the cockpit.

Where the BMW 5 Series Touring has the edge over its rivals is in terms of its driving experience. Despite being a bigger car, the Bavarian manufacturer doesn’t neglect injecting its typical sporty DNA into this model. Brilliant engines are available from the off, including punchy diesels which are the best option in terms of price, running costs and performance.

However, if you have a bit more to spend, there are more powerful petrol and plug-in hybrid options still, the latter of which can give the 5 Series Touring hot hatch speed.

 

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3. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

 
Best estate cars - Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
 
  • Boot space: 640 litres
  • Passenger space: ★★★★
  • Interior quality: ★★★★
  • Tech/convenience features: ★★★★
  • Efficiency: ★★★★
  • Performance: ★★★★★
 

Known as the ‘King of the Estates’, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate has always mastered championing space and luxury.

Sure, it may not be as well-built as the 5 Series Touring inside, but it’s hard to deny that it’s a better-looking interior. This is much to do with the use of materials such as wood, leather and soft-touch plastics which, combined, look slightly more snazzier than the Bimmer.

In terms of space, the E-Class Estate is more or less similar to the 5 Series Touring. There’s plenty of room for a couple of six-footers to sit in the back behind people of similar size in the front.

Like rivals, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate is available with a choice of poky engines available in rear- or four-wheel drive which make it tidy to drive.

 

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4. BMW 3 Series Touring

 
Best estate cars - BMW 3 Series Touring
 
  • Boot space: 500 litres
  • Passenger space: ★★★
  • Interior quality: ★★★★★
  • Tech/convenience features: ★★★★
  • Efficiency: ★★★★
  • Performance: ★★★★★
 

We love the BMW 3 Series Touring because of its sporty character, fantastic engines and general classy character.

Compared with its bigger 5 Series Touring sibling, people looking for something a bit more compact will love it too. Despite being 254mm shorter, 41mm slimmer and 58mm shorter than the 5 Series, it still manages to be respectably practical.

Even if you’re a six-footer sat in the back of the 3 Series and the person in front is a similar height, you’ll be more than comfortable enough. Meanwhile, there are lots of little perks onboard that make it very functional too, such as 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats that make it super easy to prioritise passenger or luggage space.

All BMW 3 Series Touring models get plenty of standard equipment which make them a joy to drive. For example, even if you choose the entry-level SE Pro spec, you’ll get three-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera, adaptive cruise control and BMW’s latest Live Cockpit Plus infotainment system.

 

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5. Skoda Superb Estate

 
Best estate cars - Skoda Superb Estate
 
  • Boot space: 660 litres
  • Passenger space: ★★★★★
  • Interior quality: ★★★★
  • Tech/convenience features: ★★★★
  • Efficiency: ★★★★★
  • Performance: ★★★★
 

Elon Musk and the Skoda Superb Estate are very alike, mostly because they both know a thing or two about space.

Room inside the Superb Estate can only be described as limousine-like. It even matches more expensive rivals like the Volvo V90 when it comes to fitting in as much stuff or people as possible.

What’s even more surprising about the Superb Estate is how well every engine pulls it along with gusto. You wouldn’t think it, but the standard 1.5-litre petrol engine with 150bhp actually does a really good job all-round. Not only is it nippy (0-60mph takes a mere 9.2 seconds), the cabin remains fairly hushed as you cruise along, while it’s not thirsty on fuel either.

The whole range of Skoda Superb Estate models are generously equipped from the off. Entry-level SE specs include 17in alloy wheels and lovely chrome exterior detailing, while on the inside you get plenty of comfort options, including dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control and front and rear parking sensors.

 

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6. Audi A6 Avant

 
Best estate cars - Audi A6 Avant
 
  • Boot space: 586 litres
  • Passenger space: ★★★★
  • Interior quality: ★★★★★
  • Tech/convenience features: ★★★★★
  • Efficiency: ★★★★
  • Performance: ★★★★
 

Though the Audi A6 Avant wears a posh badge, don’t be fooled in thinking that it doesn’t have functionality in its locker. All models come as standard with roof rails and all weather LED headlights, while smart design features such as sound-deadening glass contribute massively to the car’s smooth ride experience.

Step inside the A6 Avant and you’ll find typical Audi premium design eveywhere you look and touch. For starters you’ll be greeted by dual-touchscreen displays that are high-resolution and look brilliant. Then there’s the array of plush materials along the dashboard, seats and other surfaces which add to the richness of this model. Finally, capping it all off is ambient interior lighting which really gives the A6 a refined feel.

Head room in the Audi A6 Avant is one of the best in this class thanks to its taller roofline, which makes up for its slightly less leg room compared with rivals. All A6 Avants are wide cars too, so you shouldn’t have any issues with knocking elbows with the person sat next to you.

In terms of boot space, the A6 Avant might not be anywhere near some of the cars in this list, but it does have a very functional boot nontheless. All the seats fold individually and you can do this using buttons inside the tailgate. This is a Godsend because you don’t have to open the rear doors and fold them yourself manually.

 

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7. Ford Focus Estate

 
Best estate cars - Ford Focus Estate
 
  • Boot space: 575 litres
  • Passenger space: ★★★★
  • Interior quality: ★★★
  • Tech/convenience features: ★★★★★
  • Efficiency: ★★★★★
  • Performance: ★★★★
 

There’s plenty to like about the Ford Focus Estate, despite it being a rather niche option when it comes to choosing a model in this class.

The standout characteristic of the Focus Estate is how much it handles like the tidy regular Focus hatch. Opt for the sportier ST-Line spec and you get the most agile trim in the range. However, whichever version you choose you’re bound to be impressed with the well-balanced manner of this big car, especially when taking it into corners with a bit of zip.

Over the years the Ford Focus Estate has been criticised for its lack of rear space, but this latest model has addressed this issue. In fact, you’ll have even more leg room in the back of a Focus Estate than you do in the enormous Octavia Estate. What’s more is that fitting three abreast is made easier thanks to there being a low central tunnel, creating more foot space.

All Ford Focus Estates find themselves sandwiched inbetween the Skoda models and more expensive German alternatives in terms of price. For this reason they’re an attractive option if you want an affordable Estate. And this doesn’t mean you’re being shortchanged either, as even the entry-level Zetec Edition trim gets Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, selectable drive modes and advanced safety assistance systems onboard to make driving even easier.

 

8. Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

 
Best estate cars - Toyota Corolla Touring
 
  • Boot space: 581-598 litres
  • Passenger space: ★★★★
  • Interior quality: ★★★★
  • Tech/convenience features: ★★★★★
  • Efficiency: ★★★★★
  • Performance: ★★★
 

The Toyota Corolla Touring is by far one of the best choices in this list of estate cars if you want something savvy and comfortable.

This estate version of the world’s most popular car is surprisingly spacious in the back too, with more leg room than the Octavia Estate. Its plethora of advanced safety assistance systems (bundled into a pack badged ‘Toyota Safety Sense 2′) also make it very appealing to drivers that regularly ferry around their family.

While you won’t get much in the way of driving thrills from the Corolla Touring, this self-charging hybrid can be specified with a more powerful output. We recommend this because the normal 1.8-litre petrol-electric engine has a mere 122bhp that feels a tad slow. However, a bigger 2.0-litre unit is available which is markedly quicker off the mark and better suited for long-distance driving.

 

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9. Volvo V90

 
Best estate cars - Volvo V90
 
  • Boot space: 560 litres
  • Passenger space: ★★★★
  • Interior quality: ★★★★
  • Tech/convenience features: ★★★★★
  • Efficiency: ★★★★★
  • Performance: ★★★
 

For so long Volvo was the mockery of the automotive world for making fuddy duddy Estate models that produce very little emotion. However, the tide has turned in recent years for the Swedish maufacturer and it now produces some of the best cars in the business.

One such car is its V90, the most spacious Estate in its line-up. You won’t find an Estate model with as much kneeroom as the V90, nor will you get a smarter interior design for this price.

Granted, the V90 is some way off when it comes to boot space when compared with other models in this list. But it has a lot of useful functions that make it still very useful, such as a ski hatch in the middle which lets you load longer items between the passengers in the rear.

As with other Volvo models, the signature feature of the V90 is the raft of safety equipment on board, something which the brand has always prided itself on. As standard, you’ll get pedestrian detection, road sign detection, a side impact protection system, whiplash protection system for the front, run off road mitigation and protection, plus inflatable curtains which protects driver and passengers from striking their head on the inside of the car in an accident.

 

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