The best cheap estate cars

  • We pick our favourite cheap new estate cars
  • Massive practicality doesn't equal massive cost
  • Our choices balance economy, performance and value
  • We pick our favourite cheap new estate cars
  • Massive practicality doesn't equal massive cost
  • Our choices balance economy, performance and value

Lots of things are getting smaller these days, from the microchips in your smartphone to the amount of leg room you get on a plane.

However, there are plenty of things that have remained the same size – dogs, bicycles, flat-pack furniture - and if you want to transport those things around you’re going to need an estate car.

Panel vans excluded, few vehicles offer the flexible load space of an estate car. Plus, as most are based on existing hatchback or saloon cars, you can expect the same level of comfort and equipment.

The good news is there are plenty of new estate cars for sale to choose from that offer a serious amount of metal without breaking the bank. We’ve picked out our favourite load-luggers.

Dacia Logan MCV

Kicking off the list is the extraordinarily reasonable Logan MCV (or Maximum Capacity Vehicle) which is the cheapest estate currently on sale in the UK.

Despite its bargain price, the standard Logan offers up to 1,518-litres of lugging ability. It is spartan though, with power steering and front airbags and not much else. Still, with that price tag you could buy it as a second car to fill with scuba equipment on the weekend.

If you want to use it day-to-day, the on-board kit improves with mid-level Ambiance trim, while top of the range Laureate models get luxuries like cruise control and electric rear windows.

Dacia Logan MCV - cheap estate cars

There are three engine choices but the most popular is the 1.5-litre dCi 90, with 89bhp on offer. It’ll do 0-62mph in 12.1 seconds, but more importantly it offers CO2 emissions of 99g/km, meaning free VED car tax and a claimed fuel economy of 74.3mpg.

We’ve combined this engine with the most mid-spec Ambience trim because it has everything you need (a stereo, for example) and is still less than £10,000.

Star rating: 3.5
New price: £7,295 - £12,095
Used price: £2,695 - £9,185
Fuel economy: 48 - 80 mpg
Boot space (seats up/down): 573/1,518 litres
Our choice: 1.5 dCi Ambiance 

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Skoda Fabia Estate

Skoda Fabia Estate - the best estate cars

The Fabia is a small car with a big boot, which unsurprisingly means it's cheap to buy and run. It's also practical, easy to drive, and full of standard kit. It’s a really great car for young families.

Sportiness isn't a priority but the way it drives is fun and refined. There's a choice of four engines plus three trim levels, with even the base level featuring DAB radio, air-conditioning, and Bluetooth connectivity.

The interior simple and clear with easy to operate controls, although the plastics aren’t of the highest quality, but that's no shock fiven the remarkably low asking price. It's also very comfortable.

Best thing of course is how large the boot is for a small car, plus the ability to take three adults on the back row, thanks to more headroom than the hatchback.

Star rating: 3.9 

New price: £13,175 - £19,855
Used price: £7,010 - £13,195
Fuel economy: 58 - 78mpg
Insurance group: 3 - 13
Boot space: 530 litres with the seats up; 1,395 with the rear seats folded.

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Toyota Auris Touring Sports

Toyota Auris Touring Sports - cheap estate cars

The only estate here offered with a hybrid engine, the Auris Touring Sports is versatile and spacious with a large array of additional storage options and easy to fold rear seats.

Subtle tweaks have been made to the Auris in order to make the Touring Sports, including an extended roofline with aluminum roof rails and a new bumper with a larger boot aperture for easier loading.

Toyota Auris Touring Sports - cheap estate cars

A petrol-electric hybrid system, known as Hybrid Synergy Drive, emits just 85g/km of CO2 and has a claimed economy of 76.3 mpg. Peak power is 134bhp when the 1.8-litre petrol engine and electric motors work together. You can drive at lower speeds using the electric motor alone, which is incredibly quiet.

Normal powertrains include a 1.3-litre VVT-i and 1.6-litre Valvematic petrols and a 1.4-litre D-4D diesel unit.

Star rating: 3.5 New price: £17,755 - £28,405
Used price: £4,425 - £20,940
Fuel economy: 45 - 80 mpg
Boot space (seats up/down): 530/1,658 litres 
Our choice: 1.4 D-4D Active 

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Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer - cheap estate cars

The Astra has given its Sports Tourer a tapered profile and falling roofline in order to move away from the boxy wagons of old.

There are seven engines available, which means you can have efficiency, performance, or a mixture of both. Choose between two petrol engines displacing 1.4 or 1.6 litres, and 1.3-, 1.7- and 2.0-litre diesels.

This estate also handles much like the hatchback and is a big step forward over the previous generation.

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer - cheap estate cars

The boot is 500-litres with all the seats up, and 1,000 with them down. This is boosted further by the FlexFold feature (standard or optional depending on trim level) which means you can remove the rear seat cushions and gain a total of 1,550-litres, with a completely flat load floor.

Star rating: 4
New price: £17,825 - £26,050
Used price: £8,320 - £15,150
Fuel economy: 45 - 83 mpg
Boot space (seats up/down): 500/1,550 litres (with FlexFold)
Our choice: 1.3 CDTi 16V ecoFLEX Design 

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Kia Ceed Sportswagon

Kia Ceed Sportswagon - cheap estate cars

Practical, stylish and good value for money, the Kia Ceed Sportswagon promises it all. You can choose an 89bhp 1.4-litre engine, which promises 67.3mpg, or a more powerful 126bhp 1.6-litre engine. Both are diesel powered.

Entry-level ‘1’ spec cars are well equipped with air-con, front electric windows, a cooled glovebox, remote central locking, daytime running lights, an iPod compatible stereo, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

Kia Ceed Sportswagon - cheap estate cars

The boot offers 528-litres of space with the seats up and 1,642-litres with them folded completely flat. The floor is flush with the opening too, making for a very long and easy to load boot.

Star rating: 4
New price: £18,525 - £25,335
Used price: £4,960 - £17,460
Fuel economy: 42 - 72 mpg
Boot space (seats up/down): 528/1,642 litres
Our choice: 1.4 CRDi 1 5d 

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Peugeot 308 SW

Peugeot 308 SW - cheap estate cars

If you want an unconventional interior and massive loadspace, the Peugeot 308 SW should definitely be on your list.

Inside you get a small steering wheel, raised instrument cluster, and large touchscreen to replace most of the conventional controls.

An extended wheelbase means more room for rear passengers as well as a boot of 660 litres with the rear seats up. Fold them completely flat and you get 1,775 of space. Filling that space is easy thanks to a low lip and rails along the boot floor to aid sliding.

Peugeot 308 SW - cheap estate cars

Our favourite engine is a slightly oddball choice too, the 128bhp, 1.2-litre e-THP 130 petrol. With either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, it’s an impressive unit. Despite having only three cylinders, it is quiet and offers smooth in-gear acceleration.

Star rating: 4.5
New price: £17,845 - £28,275
Used price: £5,600 - £16,675
Fuel economy: 54 - 88 mpg
Boot space (seats up/down): 660/1,775 litres 
Our choice: 1.2 e-THP 130bhp Active

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Skoda Octavia Estate

More practical than exciting, the Octavia has huge space for both people and luggage, as well as low running costs and very competitive pricing.

There is a deeper, wider and lower loading area than the previous model and a two-level variable floor. A fully folding passenger seat enables objects as long as three metres to be carried.

Skoda Octavia Estate - cheap estate cars

There is a choice two petrol and two diesel engines, plus ultra-frugal GreenLine versions of the diesels, which can return a claimed average fuel consumption as efficient as 83mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 87g/km.

Octavia estates are generously equipped, with a multimedia touchscreen system as standard, alloy wheels and seven airbags.

Star rating: 4.5
New price: £18,395 - £30,245
Used price: £6,010 - £21,665
Fuel economy: 42 - 80 mpg
Boot space (seats up/down): 610/1,740 litres
Our choice: 1.6 TDI CR GreenLine III 

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Ford Focus Estate  

Ford Focus Estate - cheap estate cars

The Focus is a solid, well-built, attractive, comfortable and functional estate. Strong build quality makes up for a slightly less enthusiastic drive, compared to the old model.

Adding 20cm of length, the estate has one-touch retractable tonneau cover in the load area and aluminium roof rails as standard.

Ford Focus Estate - cheap estate cars

A makeover in 2014 brought a new bonnet, smoother front bumper with chrome grille and reshaped headlights, and LED tail lights. 

The 1.6-litre, 113bhp diesel, with a six-speed manual gearbox makes the most sense. It has enough low-end pull for decent getaways and overtaking manoeuvres.

Star rating: 4
New price: £20,735 - £27,945
Used price: £3,795 - £17,305
Fuel economy: 44 - 83 mpg
Boot space (seats up/down): 476/1,516 litres 
Our choice: 1.6 TDCi Edge ECOnetic 

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Volkswagen Golf Estate

The Golf estate shares the hatchback’s high quality, premium feel, and has a less awkward rear end design than its predecessors.

It’s 307mm longer than the hatchback, and 28mm longer than the car it replaces. That means more space for passengers, and an extra 100 litres of space in the boot.

VW Golf Estate - cheap estate cars

The Golf estate is generously equipped in SE and GT guises, less so in the cheaper S grade. All have a colour touchscreen, roof rails, DAB radio, USB, Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming preparation, trip computer and an electronic parking brake.

An ultra-economical BlueMotion version claim to do 85.6mpg and produces just 87g/km of CO2.

Star rating: 4.8
New price: £19,470 - £35,700
Used price: £6,985 - £29,265
Fuel economy: 39 - 80 mpg
Boot space (seats up/down): 605/1,620 litres 
Our choice: 1.6 TDI BlueMotion

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Honda Civic Tourer

Honda Civic Tourer - cheap estate cars

Easy to overlook in favour of the established favourite, the Honda Civic Tourer is a superb estate with some clever features.

Despite being the same width and wheelbase as the regular hatchback, the Tourer has a 624-litre boot, which extends to 1,668 with the seats folded flat. That includes a hidden 120-litre compartment under the boot floor, big enough for two travel bags. 

Honda Civic Tourer - cheap estate cars

Adaptive dampers on the rear axle increase ride comfort when carrying a heavy load and also improve stability while cornering.

You can have a diesel or a petrol engine, with the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel unit making the most sense if you do a lot of miles, with its claimed 74mpg and free road tax.

Star rating: 4
New price: £18,845 - £25,720
Used price: £6,610 - £19,770
Fuel economy: 42 - 74 mpg
Boot space (seats up/down): 624/1,668 litres
Our choice: 1.6 i-DTEC SE Plus

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