Best estate cars to buy in 2017 Our 10 best estate cars deliver great practicality combined with low running costs and great value for money In the past, the estate car was seen as a very sensible option that you bought if you needed space, but weren't interested in anything else.
But today, modern estates are just as stylish as the models on which they're based. There are still practical everyday models on sale, but most offer some semblance of style, while others emulate the current trend for crossovers and SUVs, while some makers have transformed their estates into high performance machines.It's not all about space with the best estate cars. Some models aren't the roomiest, but they make up for it with plenty of practical touches. Flat folding seats, a level boot floor, lashing eyes, through loading, seat folding levers, low boot lips and electrically opening tailgates are all beneficial, as is under floor storage, boot coach bags outlet online canada divders and cargo rails, a retractable tow bar and rear parking sensors or a camera to help with parking.Usually estate cars feel virtually identical to the saloon or hatchback versions to drive, and with all the same engines and components present they often have matching performance and economy figures, too.A mainstream estate will offer more carrying capacity than the car on which it's based, although some 'lifestyle' models sacrifice overall carrying capacity to add a bit of style to the mix. Not all is well in the estate car class, though. As mentioned, coach outlet stores palm springs the crossover is having an impact on sales, and some makers are pandering to the demand of these models. For instance, while the Peugeot 207 had an SW estate variant, the 208 doesn't. Instead, Peugeot launched the 2008 crossover.However, other makers are trying to make their estates more appealing. Mercedes has added some style by introducing 'shooting brake' style estates, with load lugging versions of the CLA and CLS, while the high riding estate is gaining ground as an alternative to a crossover or SUV.Cars like the Audi A4/A6 Allroad, Skoda Octavia Scout and Subaru Outback set the template, but new models have arrived in the form of the Volkswagen Passat and Golf Alltracks, the SEAT Leon ST Xperience and the Mercedes E Class All Terrain.And then there are the performance estates. Early examples include the Audi RS2 Avant and Volvo 850 T5 R, but some of the current crop can deliver supercar levels of performance, even when you've coach outlet stores ellenton got a boot full of luggage and five passengers. The SEAT Leon ST Cupra and Volkswagen Golf R are hot hatchbacks in estate car form, while the Germans continue to battle in a fast estate arms race, with models like the Audi RS6 Avant and Mercedes AMG C 63 and E 63.The majority of estates will feature diesel engines, as they deliver the kind of torque that is perfect for towing. However, the latest coach bags black friday sale turbo petrol engines are now capable of delivering the kind of torque required for such jobs, while fuel economy is improving all the time, too.In terms of running costs, estates normally carry only a small price premium and won't cost much more to run insurance groups, tax bills, servicing and fuel consumption are all largely comparable to their saloon or hatch counterparts.1. Skoda Octavia Estate2. Skoda Superb Estate3. BMW 5 Series Touring4. Renault Megane Sport Tourer5. Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer6. Volvo V907. Mercedes E Class Estate8. Volkswagen Passat Estate9.
Dacia Logan MCV10. Vauxhall Insignia Sports TourerWe've rounded up our favourite estate cars currently on the market. Click the links above and to the left to find out which is the right choice for you.
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