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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Rivals

Hyundai i40 Tourer

4 out of 5 4.0

Offering buyers stacks of standard kit and low-running costs at a bargain price might work in the small car market, but going up against the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia is a completely different challenge altogether. The estate car market is a lucrative area, due to all the company car drivers, and this is where Hyundai hopes its... read more

PROS

  • Low-emitting diesel engines
  • Five-year warranty as standard
  • Better looking than rivals
  • Huge amount of space

CONS

  • Rear visibility is a little awkward
  • Busy interior finish

Ford Mondeo Estate

4.5 out of 5 4.5

Like its hatchback and saloon counterparts, the Ford Mondeo Estate has the firm’s distinctive family face, but when compared with the latest Focus, you can see the design is beginning to feel its age. And that’s the case under the skin too, because Ford is just about to apply a major mid-life facelift to the Mondeo line-up, so the car you’re... read more

PROS

  • Frugal diesel engines
  • Spacious cabin
  • Economical diesels
  • Prestigious and comfortable
  • Safe, family transport

CONS

  • Feeling its age now
  • Hybrid loses significant bootspace
  • Not as good to drive as previous car

Mazda 6 Estate

4 out of 5 4.0

The all-new Mazda6 estate should be a consideration for many company car drivers and retail buyers alike thanks to its low-emitting diesel engine and solid build quality. The 2.2 diesel engine promises strong performance as well as efficient running making it an attractive proposition in this very competitive market. New look to go with improved... read more

PROS

  • Reliable
  • Solid
  • Spacious
  • Economical

CONS

  • Rear visibility is compromised by shallow rear window
  • Lower powered petrol version’s a bit dull

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