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The Top 5 Best Estate Cars in the UK | Arnold Clark

Find out our top 5 best estate cars to buy in the UK in 2021.

The Skoda Octavia is one of our top estate cars.

The Skoda Octavia is one of our top estate cars.

What is the best estate car to buy?

The best estate cars of 2021:

  • ŠKODA Octavia Estate
  • Ford Focus Estate
  • Volvo V90 Estate
  • BMW 5 Series Touring
  • Audi A6 Estate
  • 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.

    Nearly new ŠKODA Octavia Estate

    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.

    Browse our best ŠKODA Octavia Estate deals.

    Used Ford Focus Estate

    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.

    Explore Ford Focus Estate deals

    Volvo V90 Estate

    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.

    Discover Volvo V90 deals today.

    Used BMW 5 Series Touring

    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.

    Find our best BMW 5 Series Tourer deals.

    Audi A6 Estate

    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.

    Browse our Audi A6 Estate offers.

    Browse all of our estate cars

    Our range of estate cars covers the cheapest estate cars, to the most luxurious, including petrol and diesel estate cars. As well as that, you can choose based on your needs, whether you need a reliable estate car if you cover a lot of miles, or simply need storage to fit all your supplies on your family trip, we have something for you.

    Browse all of our estate vehicles.


    Frequently asked questions

    What are the best used estate cars?

    Our recommendations for the best second-hand estate cars to buy are:

  • BMW 5 Series Touring
  • Ford Focus Estate
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
  • SEAT Leon ST
  • Volkswagen Golf Estate
  • 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.

    What is the best petrol estate car?

    Most of our top picks come in petrol variants, such as the:

  • Audi A6 Estate
  • Ford Focus Estate
  • BMW 5 Series Touring
  • Volvo V90
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate
  • Browse all of our petrol estate cars.

    What is the best small estate car?

    Estate cars are naturally a bigger type of car, but some of the smaller models of estate car are:

  • Volkswagen Golf Estate
  • Hyundai i30 Tourer estate
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon Estate
  • ŠKODA Octavia Estate
  • ŠKODA Fabia Estate
  • What are the best diesel estate cars?

    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:

  • Volkswagen Passat Estate
  • ŠKODA Superb Estate
  • Audi S4 Avant
  • Kia Cee’d SW
  • Volvo V60
  • Browse all of our diesel estate cars.

    What is the best family estate car?

    Our best family estate cars come with bags of space and innovative safety features. Here are our top picks:

  • Volvo V90
  • BMW 3 Series Touring
  • ŠKODA Superb Estate
  • Audi A6 Estate
  • Mercedes Benz E-Class Estate
  • We know most families are looking to save where they can, so take a look at our best estate cars under £10,000 or the best estate cars under £5000, too!

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