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What is the best estate car?

The rise of the SUV and crossover segments saw estate cars fall out of favour for a while, but drivers are starting to realise again how practical a good estate can be. New estate car deals can be found on any of these excellent models.

Honda Civic Tourer

The quirky Civic Tourer belies the rather conservative estate car image, boasting stylish modern looks, a practical interior and a cavernous 1,668 litre boot space. Not only is it as reliable as the Honda badge suggests, but it's also a rather decent drive, with willing but economical engines and plenty of modern technology.

Hyundai i40 Tourer

A part of Hyundai's newer range which is revamping the company's image, the i40 Tourer offers a lot of car for the money. Its good looks are accompanied by a premium-feel cabin, a 1,719 litre cargo space, a generous equipment list and a silky-smooth ride. Not to be missed.

Seat Leon ST

The Leon ST's compact footprint makes it easier to handle and park than some of the larger estates, yet it still features a handy 1,470 litres of cargo space. There's also a well-equipped and extremely practical cabin to match a rewarding sporty drive.

Dacia Logan MCV

The budget brand's 'Maximum Capacity Vehicle' does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a very useful carrier for large loads if practicality is your priority, even if the driving dynamics are unsophisticated. Equipment levels are also quite basic, as expected at this price point.

BMW 5 Series Touring

The 5 Series excels at load lugging and premium refinement and comfort. The opulent cabin boasts a huge 1,670 litre boot at the rear, while that premium German badge is evident in the cosseting ride and smart handling. A clever engine range also helps to justify the higher price tag.

BMW 3 Series Touring

If you love all that premium comfort but your load-lugging needs are less pressing, the 3 Series offers a useful 1,500 litre boot with great driving dynamics. There are lots of practical touches like a split opening tailgate window and a massive choice of trim levels and engines.

Skoda Octavia Estate

One of the most practical and rewarding estate cars on the market, the Octavia Estate combines VW Group build quality with good looks, sophisticated road manners and a cleverly designed cabin. There's a very impressive 1,740 litre boot, and the range includes the beefy Scout variant, combining four-wheel drive with a bit of SUV attitude.

Volvo V60

A relatively compact choice, the V60 Sportswagon is nonetheless well equipped, comfortable and user-friendly. It's a competent rather than exciting performer and of course boasts Volvo's usual impeccable safety credentials.

Skoda Rapid Spaceback

A useful rather than sparkling entry into the estate market, the Rapid Spaceback is economical and efficient if you need some space but don't want to drive a barge.

Audi A4 Avant

The Audi A4 Avant offers all the class and refinement you'd expect of an Audi with the added practicality of 1,500 litres of load space. The ride is smooth and the cabin of the usual premium quality. You're getting what you pay for here.

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