The best estate cars of 2021:
An estate car is mainly about practicality, low running costs and more space than the average car. Whether you’re looking for the best used estate cars for adventures, or big estate cars for your family trips, we have something for everyone with this fantastic line-up, read more to find out about our top picks.
If you have a family, are doing long-journeys or have lots of valuables (perhaps some golf clubs) to move around with you, we know that finding the most reliable estate car is a huge deciding factor when looking for the best one. Our best estate car in terms of reliability is a nearly new ŠKODA Octavia Estate that comes with a 3-year/60,000-mile manufacturer warranty, making it one of the most reliable estate cars in its class. In terms of features, a Škoda can in fact do everything you'd expect a comparable Audi to do - at a substantial price saving.
The best used estate cars for people travelling around requires a spacious boot, lots of storage and an interior that you can keep clean. The Ford Focus Estate has a generous interior with leather seat facings on some specs, making it a doddle to clean. But where it really shines is boot space. The Ford Focus Estate boot size is 608 litres with the seats up, increasing to 1,650 litres with the seats folded. With all this considered, we also recommend the Ford Focus Estate as one of the best estate cars for dogs.
The Volvo V90 Estate is one that was designed with families in mind, the Swedish manufacturer understands families and their needs – packing clever storage solutions and generous boot space into every single one of their models, making this one extremely spacious and for that reason, one of the best family estate cars.
The Volvo V90 is one of our largest estate car picks, with huge door bins for rear passengers, and a 560–1,526-litre boot. However, this estate car goes one step further with the best safety rating in its class, earning a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, including safety features such as a semi-autonomous piloting system, a range of sensors for everything from pedestrians to horses, and automatic emergency braking. Perfect for keeping your family safe.
The BMW 5 Series Touring is the most powerful pick of our best estate cars. This estate car is perfect for both practical and leisurely adventures, with the ability to pull caravans, horseboxes or even boats - making it one of the best estate cars for towing. The towing capability of the BMW 5 Series Touring is 1,700 - 2,000kg and the BMW xDrive feature in some models provides another level of added stability.
But what really solidifies the BMW 5 Series Touring as one of our best estate cars is that you’ll never have to compromise on style or value. This model comes at a price when bought new, which is why we recommend the BMW 5 Series as one of the best used estate cars, as the older 5 Series Tourer models prove to stand the test of time, and have the same towing capability and similar tech for a fraction of the price at Arnold Clark.
If you’re looking for the best sporty estate cars, then this is one of our top picks. It doesn’t get much sportier than an Audi A6 Estate. Delivering 201bhp (as a minimum) and 0–60mph in an impressive 8.1 seconds, the Audi A6 Estate leaves the competition in the dust to claim the best sporty estate car crown! Sure, it’s not as practical as some of the other cars on the list, but the German manufacturer has a fantastic track record for reliability and it comes with oodles of tech for you to enjoy.
Our recommendations for the best second-hand estate cars to buy are:
You’ll find great used deals on our top picks of the best estate cars, but we also recommend these models as some more of the most reliable purchases for used estate cars. Browse all of our used estate cars.
Most of our top picks come in petrol variants, such as the:
Estate cars are naturally a bigger type of car, but some of the smaller models of estate car are:
Like most of our top picks having petrol variants, most also have diesel variants. If you’re broadening your search, here are some other of our favourite diesel estate cars:
Our best family estate cars come with bags of space and innovative safety features. Here are our top picks: