The best cheap estate cars in 2020

  • We pick our favourite cheap new estate cars for 2020
  • 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 car 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, 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.

New price: £8,495 - £14,100
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Used price: £2,415 - £11,000
Typical used monthly cost: £60 - £271
Fuel economy: 48 - 80 mpg
Road tax cost: £0 - £140
Insurance group: 2 - 16
Boot space (seats up/down): 573/1,518 litres
Our choice: 1.5 dCi Ambiance 

Read our full Dacia Logan MCV review

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.

New price: £14,160 - £19,070
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Used price: £5,270 - £15,050
Typical used monthly cost: £130 - £371
Fuel economy: 57 - 78 mpg
Road tax cost: £0 - £140
Insurance group: 2 - 13
Boot space: 530 litres with the seats up; 1,395 with the rear seats folded.

Read our full Skoda Fabia Estate review

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.

New price: £20,355 - £27,895
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Used price: £6,500 - £15,535
Typical used monthly cost: £160 - £383
Fuel economy: 44 - 83 mpg
Road tax cost: £0 - £155
Insurance group: 6 - 23
Boot space (seats up/down): 500/1,550 litres (with FlexFold)
Our choice: 1.3 CDTi 16V ecoFLEX Design 

Read our full Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer review

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.

New price: £20,955 - £29,335
Used price: £4,770 - £19,810
Typical used monthly cost: £118 - £489
Fuel economy: 47 - 88 mpg
Road tax cost: £0 - £140
Insurance group: 12 - 29
Boot space (seats up/down): 660/1,775 litres 
Our choice: 1.2 e-THP 130bhp Active

Read our full Peugeot 308 SW review

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.

New price: £19,515 - £32,370
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Used price: £5,280 - £24,665
Typical used monthly cost: £130 - £608
Fuel economy: 40 - 80 mpg
Road tax cost: £0 - £155
Insurance group: 12 - 29
Boot space (seats up/down): 610/1,740 litres
Our choice: 1.6 TDI CR GreenLine III 

Read our full Skoda Octavia Estate review

Ford Focus Estate  

Ford Focus Estate 2018

The Focus is a solid, well-built, attractive, comfortable and functional estate. It's sleeker than the previous version, but there is more room inside.  Load space with the seats folded is 1,650 litres. The load height has increased by 43mm, the length to the rear seat increased by 25mm and total load length increased by 175mm. You can also now open the boot by wafting your food underneath the rear bumper. 

Ford Focus Estate 2018 boot

Engines are the same as in its hatchback sister; EcoBoost petrol and EcoBlue diesel engines are turbocharged for both performance and efficiency. The 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol is described by Ford as an all-new unit, claiming that it's a more efficient than the old motor of the same size. Six-speed manual gearboxes are standard across the vast majority of the range, with an eight-speed automatic option for all models above 120hp.

New price: £19,405 - £30,755
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Used price: £13,990 - £23,865
Typical used monthly cost: £345 - £589
Fuel economy: 44 - 83 mpg
Road tax cost: £0 - £155
Insurance group: 6 - 26
Boot space (seats up/down): 476/1,516 litres 
Our choice: 1.6 TDCi Edge ECOnetic 

Read our full Ford Focus Estate review

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. If you prefer petrol, there's also a BlueMotion 1.5 TSI which claims diesel economy and 110g/km potential.

New price: £22,925 - £37,350
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Used price: £5,855 - £28,395
Typical used monthly cost: £144 - £700
Fuel economy: 39 - 80 mpg
Road tax cost: £0 - £195
Insurance group: 7 - 39
Boot space (seats up/down): 605/1,620 litres 
Our choice: 1.6 TDI BlueMotion

Read our full Volkswagen Golf Estate review

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*Prices correct at the time of publication and are all subject to change.