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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Rivals

Peugeot 308 SW (08-14)

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The 308 SW may look like an ordinary family estate, but it has a trick up its sleeve that makes it one of a kind - an extra row of seats in the back. While there are plenty of people carriers and 4x4s able to transport seven passengers there are few manufacturers that offer so many seats in a vehicle of this size, so the 308 SW has obvious... read more

PROS

Available with seven seats, cavernous and versatile boot, economical diesels

CONS

Five-speed gearbox is poor, ungainly rear styling, other estates are better value for money, jittery ride

Ford Focus Estate (05-11)

4 out of 5 4.0

As small estates go, the Focus is often overlooked in favour of more stylish models. Which is a real shame as it makes a great car for load lugging thanks to a excellent boot space and a wide, long load area. Of course being a Ford it is also great to drive and loses none of the handling prowess of the Focus hatchback, with the same responsive... read more

PROS

Practical and cavernous boot, good to drive, well built cabin, comfortable, excellent diesels

CONS

Dull looks, no clever flat folding seat system

The Renault Megane Sport Tourer does a decent job of combining load-lugging capability with stylish looks. It's not something that can be said of similar cars of this size that often tend to lack one or the other. Large cargo bay This estate version is aimed at the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf estates and its load area of 1,567 litres with the... read more

PROS

  • Attractive styling
  • Roomy, practical interior
  • Impressive load space
  • Wide engine choice

CONS

  • Lacks premium image
  • Switchgear is fiddly
  • Unsporty drive

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