Top 5 economy estates

  • Five estates that come with low CO2 emissions
  • All five are priced under the £25,000 bracket
  • All offer fuel economy of more than 60mpg

Estate cars are a popular choice for company car drivers as they offer extra space and practicality over hatchbacks and saloon models.

You may know you want an estate car but choosing which one is best for keeping your costs-per-mile and company car tax down yet retaining that massive luggage capacity can be a daunting task.

We’ve picked the best of the bunch to make deciding easier.

Each car in our list costs less than £25,000 to buy, emits no more than 115g/km of CO2 (for low monthly tax bills) and are diesel powered for impressive economy.

Find out more about company car tax bands here.  


1. Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI Estate SE

Skoda Octavia Estate

Not only does the Octavia estate boast the best emissions in our top five but also has the most impressive load space and the leading fuel economy.

The Octavia estate is well equipped too with the SE trim being the ideal choice for company car drivers with DAB radio, alloy wheels, start/stop, leather interior and climate control all available as standard. It’s also the cheapest here.

Price: £20,040

Boot size (min/max): 610/1,740-litres 

CO2 emissions: 99g/km 

Power: 103bhp

BIK Band: 14%

Fuel economy: 74mpg


2. VW Passat BlueMotion 1.6 TDI Estate

  VW Passat

Sleek and stylish, the Volkswagen Passat Estate is also practical with impressive passenger space and plenty of boot space.

The Passat is a popular choice for many company car drivers as it offers a step up in quality, plus you get a lot of kit for your money. Standard equipment in BlueMotion trim includes DAB radio, Bluetooth, air conditioning, USB connector and chrome interior touches.

Its CO2 isn’t quite as impressive at 113g/km considering the engine has the same power output as the Skoda above, though its 66mpg fuel economy is competitive.

Price: £22,380

Boot size (min/max): 603/1,731

CO2 emissions: 113g/km 

Power: 103bhp

BIK Band: 17%

Fuel economy: 66mpg

3. Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer  SRi Nav 2.0CDTi ecoFLEX


Vauxhall Insignia

After receiving a significant facelift this year, the new Insignia Tourer is the most expensive car of the bunch. However an impressive equipment list, the most powerful engine coupled with impressive fuel economy and CO2 emissions means we think it’s definitely worth a look.

Standard kit includes Bluetooth, sat-nav, DAB radio, LED Daytime Running Lights and cruise control. Boot space does let it down slightly however which means it drops to third in our list.

Price: £ 23,974 

Boot size (min/max): 500/1,510

CO2 emissions: 104g/km

Power: 138bhp

BIK Band: 15%

Fuel economy: 72mpg

4. Ford Mondeo Zetec Business Edition 1.6 TDCi ECO

Mondeo Estate

Ford is a major company car player and there wouldn’t be a top 5 without one featuring highly. The Ford Mondeo has been a company car favourite for the past 20 years and the estate version offers an impressive all-round package with frugal engines, practical load space and low CO2 emissions.

Standard equipment in the Business Edition trim is also very impressive with stop/start, cruise control, 17-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth and sat-nav.

However the current generation is nearing the end of its life and a new model, promising even greater economy and practicality is due imminently.

Price: £22,445

Boot size (min/max): 549/1,728-litres

CO2 emissions: 112g/km

Power: 113bhp

BIK Band: 17%

Fuel economy: 66mpg

5. Hyundai i40 Tourer 1.7 CRDi Blue drive Style

Hyundai i40

As an overall package, the i40 Tourer is very competitive offering low running costs and good levels of space. Hyundai has also stepped up interior quality and the i40 has a premium and refined feel.

The middle level Style trim offers impressive levels of equipment for the price and includes 16-inch alloy wheels, touchscreen sat-nav with rear view parking camera, parking guidance system and Bluetooth as standard.

Price: £22,115

Boot size (min/max): 553/1,719

CO2 emissions: 113g/km

Power: 114bhp

BIK Band: 17%

Fuel economy: 65mpg

Want to know more?

To find out how to get the best fuel economy out of your car, read of our guide to eco driving here.

What is the must-have equipment that you should be looking for on all standard equipment lists - find out our top 10 here.