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7 Of The Best Estate Cars

7 Of The Best Estate Cars


Discover the best estate cars for summer day trips, holidays and camping. Find your perfectly practical estate car for family, pets, luggage and sports gear

The Most Practical Estate Cars

We live in a beautiful country, so what better activity than to explore it? Whether you love a day trip or a city break, or prefer to camp out under the stars in the great British countryside, the best estate cars are the perfect driving companions to accommodate you, your friends and your family on all your adventures.

If child-friendly features are important to you, take a look at our selection of some of thebest family cars, too.

From the best family estate cars to the best small estate cars, we’ve picked out some that will help you decidewhat car to buy. As you’ll see, they tick all of the boxes when it comes to practicality and design, to set you up for adventures throughout the year with the input of our resident Motoring Journalist John Swift!

Audi A4 Avant

If you like to travel in comfort and style, you can’t go far wrong with the Audi A4 Avant. The spacious passenger seating and generous headroom make every journey comfortable for even the tallest of teens or adults in the rear. This luxurious car makes every journey feel as if you’re travelling first class – perfect for longer road trips and a must when considering the best estate cars.

Audi A4 Avant estate car in red from back

The Audi A4 Avant Sport, S Line and Black Edition come with sat nav as standard to help guide you to some of our region’s favourite holiday spots.

The Avant is a very practical car for summer travelling as the 505-litre boot can easily store luggage or camping gear for the whole family. Or if there’s just two of you travelling, putting the the rear seats down will give you a whopping 1510 litres of space. One particularly useful aspect of the Avant is the ease of access to the boot space which has a low loading lip and powered tailgate as standard - even the kitchen sink could be packed without too much effort!

John's Verdict 10/10

Likes: Classy, elegant, practical. Always a top contender for class honours.

Dislikes: Not much.

Discover more about an Audi Avant at a Swansway Audi Dealership near you

Honda Civic Tourer

It stands to reason that a car with the word ‘Tourer’ in the name is going to be well suited to a road trip, and the Honda Civic Tourer proves this point perfectly.

As one of the best small estate cars, it’s got it all! From low fuel consumption to a very impressive 652-litre boot complete with an additional 12v power socket (in addition to the two in the front!) which always comes in handy to charge the hundred and one gadgets that children (and a fair few adults) seem to travel with these days, making it one of the best family estate cars too!

Honda Civic Tourer estate car in white from the backIf efficiency is one of your priorities when shopping for a new car, check out our list of othermost economical cars.

The Civic Tourer comes with an impressive 1,668 litres of boot space with the seats folded down; one of the largest boot spaces in this class!

In addition, you’ll also get the bonus of ‘Magic Seats’ which fold up rather like cinema seats to give you storage space for tall objects, such as bicycles, and can also fold completely flat for larger items. Civics are known for their good looks and the Civic Tourer is no exception.

Still need convincing? Like all the best estate cars, Honda Civic Tourer models come with a DAB digital radio and Bluetooth connectivity as standard, so you can sing along to your favourite tunes on your way.

John's Verdict 9/10

Likes: Build quality, engines, driving experience.

Dislikes: Styling. A little disappointed with what used to be a clean, attractive front end from Honda

Find your nearest Swansway Honda Dealership today!


The SEAT Leon ST is another great choice for the best small estate car if you’re looking for both practicality and versatility. It has an ample 587 litres of boot space, and you can fold the rear seats down via a handle in the boot, so no more fumbling about with levers or buttons. Even the front passenger seat can be folded down, so if you’re a surfer or a snowboarder, you can take your board in the car with you – brilliant!

Seat Leon ST estate car in grey from rearThe Leon ST represents very good value. In fact, with emissions as low as 87g/km and fuel consumption of up to 80 mpg (1.6 TDI Ecomotive), it’s one of the cleanest and most economical cars in its class. Insurance costs are great too (as low as Group 12) and if this is important to you, check out our list of thebest low insurance cars.

Further peace of mind comes from the Seat Leon ST’s five star Euro NCAP rating thanks to 7 airbags and a multitude of extra safety features such as a lane-keeping aid and tiredness recognition. Got to be a good thing for any best family estate car!

John's Verdict 8/10

Likes: It’s the Leon hatchback but with added practicality so ticks every single box. Rides well, good spec, some tax-friendly engines for business users.

Dislikes: With the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia, is this one car too many for the VW group in the sector and what does that do for residual values?

Take a closer look at the Estate cars on offer at Swansway SEAT in Crewe

Peugeot 508 SW

Love the Peugeot 508 but want the extra space offered by one of the best estate cars? Then take a look at the 508 SW. It’s a great option for the best family estate car with ISOFIX child-seat anchor points and plenty of entertainment on board provided by USB and AUX connectivity, Bluetooth, DAB radio and a CD player too.

Peugeot 508 SW estate car in black on mountain road from backYou’ll never get lost with the built-in sat nav and there’s a ton of space in the automatic, motorised boot. The seats are pretty spacious and for added flexibility, the rear seats fold down at the touch of a button.

There’s also a great amount of legroom that’ll keep everyone happy even if you’re travelling with taller passengers, although with electric-powered lumbar support and a full-grain leather steering wheel, we think that the driver definitely has the most enviable seat!

Dual zone climate control means everyone can ride in a comfortable temperature, even if you disagree on exactly what that is!

John's Verdict 9/10

Likes: More adventurous styling, excellent interior, nice ride, good perceived quality.

Dislikes: Rightly or wrongly SUVs are obliterating this sector of the market so watch the depreciation.

Contact your local Swansway Chester Peugeot Dealership in Chester now!

Volkswagen Golf Estate

The new Volkswagen Golf Estate is another popular choice for the best small estate car, perfect for long distance journeys or whenever you’re trying to pack in sports equipment or holiday luggage. You’ll get great build quality matched with extremely low running costs, especially if you select the Eco Mode. The Golf is certainly suitable for a first car and only just misses out on our list of recommendedbest first carsin favour of the smaller VW Polo.

VW Golf Estate car in white parked on roadThe VW Golf Estate’s got a massive 605-litre boot with the floor being level with the boot lip so it’s very easy to slide heavy items in and out. Under the floor, there’s a big recess that can easily accommodate some extra luggage alongside the space saver spare wheel. It’s also a handy place to hide your valuables while out and about. What more could you need when looking for the best estate car?

If you regularly make use of a trailer or caravan, the Golf Estate’s optional Trailer Assist feature will make manoeuvring easier so that you don’t dread the end of your journey when you have to park up.

Alongside the usual high-quality finish you’d expect from VW, there’s no lack of headroom or legroom in the Golf Estate, making the journey enjoyable for everyone, no matter how far you’re going.

John's Verdict 9/10

Likes: Latest Golf is the best all-round hatchback in its class and the estate can argue its case in its market too.

Dislikes: Dependable – but can that mean a little dull too compared to some others?

Pick your perfect VW Estate at Wrexham or Crewe

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Want to travel in ultimate style and comfort this summer? How about the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake. You'll certainly be the envy of other drivers in this latest edition of the luxury estate car.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake new estate car driving on road in greyThis high performance estate car goes from 0-62 mph in around 6 seconds. It handles well, and if you love a good engine sound, you certainly won’t be disappointed. If you like the sound of a strong engine, don’t forget to check out our list of thebest sports cars.

The Sportbrake has plenty of headroom and legroom for your passengers (in fact, more than previous versions) and there’s lots of boot space too for all of their luggage, and perhaps a dog or two.

Connectivity is another consideration when looking for the best family estate cars. With Jaguar’s InControl technology, you can rest assured that passengers will be entertained throughout the trip while the driver benefits from intelligent driver aids all accessed from an eight-inch touchscreen with swipe controls.

John's Verdict 8/10

Likes: Takes the XF virtues of which there are many and adds extra family practicality.

Dislikes: The lengthened roofline does few favours to the lithe saloon’s styling. 

Visit Swansway Jaguar in Crewe today!

John's Choice: Audi A4 Avant but if I was being adventurous the DS 5.

If you’d like to find out how one of our best estate cars could fit into your plans, call intoyour nearest Swansway Group dealershipto book a test drive now. You could be cruising off on your next adventure in your perfect new estate car!

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