The 12 Best Estate Cars to Buy in 2020

Looking for a family car? Need more space but don’t want to compromise on style? We’re here to help – we’ve rounded up 12 of the best estates on the market this year.  

From those with the biggest boots to the best estates for dog owners, if you’re looking for something both spacious and stylish, we’ve done all the hard work for you.

Here’s our pick of the best estate cars on the market right now. Feel free to browse the full list, or jump to the cars that best match your budget using the links below:

£8k – £17k

£18k – £25k

£26k – £35k+

Best estates to buy in 2020: £8k – £17k

1. Vauxhall Insignia Estate

Vauxhall Insignia in red

Whether you want a car capable of carrying all your camping gear on the family holiday, moving flat-pack furniture on the weekends, or bringing home your family-sized weekly shop, the Vauxhall Insignia Estate is a cost-effective option for those looking for a more spacious, practical car.

The newer models come complete with a decent amount of standard kit, including auto lights, keyless start, electric windows, air-con, cruise control, and an infotainment system with DAB radio.

A good value option that’s enjoyable to drive, the Vauxhall Insignia Estate may well be just what you’re looking for.

Boot space: 560 litres

2. Kia Ceed SW

Kia Ceed SW - in black

Kia is a strong contender in the family car market, and the Kia Ceed SW is no exception to the rule. This estate shares all but the rear of the Ceed hatchback, and even entry-level versions come stacked with equipment as standard, with features like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and smartphone mirroring.

This well-equipped family estate offers an easy, reliable drive, a large, practical boot and comes complete with one of the best warranties on the market.

Boot space: 625 litres

3. Peugeot 308 SW

Peugeot 308 SW in silver

With one of the most fuel-efficient engines of any car in its class, and a clever space-maximising design, the estate version of the Peugeot 308 is an appealing family car.

Although newer models are limited to five seats, it’s still a very practical choice. This is thanks to a cleverly designed boot, with rear seats that automatically fold flat when you pull the handles, expanding to a 1,660 litre space – a clever touch if you’re regularly hauling loads or taking your dog for a walk further afield. 

With a clean, smart and minimalist interior, the impressive fit and finish offers a little more character than some of its rivals.   

Boot space: 660 litres

4. Seat Leon ST

The Seat Leon ST is a good-value alternative to some of the competitors in its class, particularly as it doesn’t depreciate as quickly as some similar cars.

With three generations of the Seat Leon ST on sale since 2012, the recently-refreshed models include an infotainment system, space-saving electric handbrake, and wireless charging. It’s true that the boot is slightly smaller than some of its competitors – thanks to the low-slung roofline – but, what you lose in space you gain in style.  

For general estate car duties – family, dogs and luggage – it’s more than up to the job. As the lightest estate car in its class, the Leon ST is confident and agile on the road.

Boot space: 587 litres

Best estates to buy in 2020: £18k – £25k

5. Mazda6 Tourer

Yes, the MX-5 might be Mazda’s best-known car, but let’s not forget that Mazda have an impressive portfolio, and the Mazda6 Tourer is well worth a look.

One of the most reliable cars of its kind, the model underwent a facelift in 2018, which brought some impressive styling updates to both the interior and exterior. Unless you’re desperate to add additional luxuries, you’ll be happy with the features the newer entry-level models offer; climate and cruise control, parking sensors, infotainment system, sat-nav and Bluetooth are all included.

The Mazda 6 Tourer also offers good fuel economy for a big car, with a powerful engine and enjoyable drive.

Boot space: 522 litres

6. Volkswagen Passat Estate

Volkswagen Passat Estate - in grey

As you’d expect from any Volkswagen, the Passat Estate covers all bases if you’re looking for a practical option that’s reliable and easy to drive. An understated interior means you might not be bowled over by the aesthetics, but you can spend a bit extra if you want any additional features like a sat-nav or smartphone connectivity.

Clever engineering means the new models haven’t gained weight or got any less green. When it comes to performance on the road, whichever engine you pick, the Passat Estate is a breeze to drive.

Boot space: 650 litres

7. Audi A4 Avant

If you fancy an estate that offers a little more class and style, then look no further. The Avant includes everything that we love about the A4 saloon, with an even bigger, more practical boot.

Every model comes with climate and cruise control, heated front seats and keyless start as standard. There’s also the option of a Sport trim, which adds leather seats and interior lighting.

While it’s perfectly capable of swallowing an impressive amount of luggage, if your main priority is the boot space, then the Audi A6 Avant could be a better option.  

It isn’t the cheapest estate car on the market, but the quality is obvious, and it holds its value well.  

Boot space: 505 litres

8. Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Jaguar XF sportbrake - in black

Space, grace and pace were the defining qualities that Jaguar’s founder lived by. When it comes to space, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake certainly doesn’t disappoint.  

If you want a premium estate car with lots of boot space, you’ll be glad to know that with the XF Sportbrake you can transport your dogs, furniture or luggage in style, but there’s no compromise in the style you’d expect from this iconic brand, who took home the Brand with the Best Features accolade in the Auto Trader New Car 2019 Awards.

If you’re after a thrilling drive from a car with great road presence, then why not arrange a test drive with us.

Boot space: 550 litres

9. Audi A6 Avant

With impressive road-handling, an efficient engine, and attractive interior, the Audi A6 Avant is a great option if you’re looking for an alternative to an SUV.

A classy and spacious option, the A6 offers its passengers more head and elbow room than most rivals. Overall, it’s an enjoyable vehicle to travel in, perfect for any road trip with the children, thanks to the cleverly-designed storage, including deceptively big door bins and some useful cubbyholes in the centre of the dash.

The Audi A6 Avant comes packed with features, a luxurious interior and space for all your transportation needs. What more could you want?  

Boot space: 565 litres

Best estates to buy in 2020: £26k – £35k+

10. Mercedes C-Class Estate

Mercedes C Class Estate - in grey

The Mercedes C-Class Estate comes with great specs, a high-quality interior, and some cutting-edge safety equipment.

Although, it might not be the roomiest estate on our list, it has been designed cleverly with features like a wide, flat boot space, and seats that fold down at the touch of a button. The C-Class Estate is good at soaking up bumps, and the upgraded Sport specification offers even more in the way of comfort.

Classy yet reliable, it’s a well-rounded option that includes all the features that Mercedes-lovers will appreciate.

Boot space: 490 litres

11. Mercedes E-Class Estate

Mercedes E Class Estate - in silver

A car that can effortlessly handle family life, the Mercedes E-Class Estate is known for its comfort and presence on the road. With nimble steering, it does a brilliant job of going exactly where you tell it to.

If you drive a lot for work, the E-Class Estate is a car you can happily spend plenty of time in. Both front and rear passengers can enjoy comfortable seats and more headroom, thanks to the longer roofline. And if you’ll be covering big distances in your car, there’s the option for upgrading upholstery.

The Mercedes E-Class Estate excels in almost every way, with a huge boot, powerful engine and the effortless style you’d expect from any Mercedes, it’s no surprise it won Most Recommended Car in the Auto Trader New Car Awards 2019.

Boot space: 640 litres

12. Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Porsche Panamera - in grey

The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is an elegant yet more practical version of the Panamera, with slightly bigger doors, more headroom, and more boot space. As with all Porsches, you get what you pay for – the cabin is beautifully designed, and the performance will put other estates to shame.

Boot space: 520 litres

If you’d like more advice on which estate car is best for you, or want to find out more about finance options, then feel free to get in touch or drop into one of our dealerships.

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