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Best estate cars under £20k

No one wants to spend a fortune on the family wagon, so here are some of the best estate cars for less than £20,000

a red mini clubman with two dogs sat in the boot

Finding an estate car that fits your needs for less than £20,000 may sound like a hard task, but it’s easier than you may think.

Whether you just need something to get you from A to B or want something to drive around in style, we have a great selection of estate cars for you.

BMW 3 Series Touring

a white bmw 3 series touring being driven on a road

If you want an estate that does it all, it’s hard to ignore the BMW 3 Series Touring estate.

It’s comfortable, effortless to drive and has plenty of room for all the family – even the dog.

There’s also the 330e hybrid, which is brilliant for those who live in or around a city and wish to benefit from some electric driving, but there’s also a brilliant diesel that’s best suited to those who spend a lot of time on the motorway.

However, the reason most opt for this estate is because of its boot space, which is a whopping 500 litres.

Audi A4 Avant

a red audi a4 avant driving on a road

The standard Audi A4 is great for most people, but if you want something with more space and the brand’s iconic Quattro four-wheel drive system, then you may want the estate version called the ‘Avant’.

Its boot measures in at 495 litres, which grows to 1,495 litres when the rear seats are folded flat.

Whether you’re going on a camping trip or moving house, this car is perfect for you.

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SEAT Leon Estate

SEAT leon estate driving down a country road

The SEAT Leon is based on the Volkswagen Golf and therefore offers one of the best hatchback/estate experiences money can buy.

It’s just as practical, comfortable and economical as its German counterpart, but it’s cheaper – and who doesn’t love a bargain?

Inside, the Leon Estate is a very pleasant place to be and is packed full of the latest technology, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Skoda Octavia Estate

a blue skoda octavia estate parked by a boat next to the water

If you don’t go for the obvious family Volvo estate, then the chances are you’ve chosen a Skoda Octavia.

The sorts of people who buy these don’t like to waste a penny and need something that’s practical and safe – something every family loves.

There are also some fab engine options on offer, ranging from a petrol to a diesel, and there’s even a plug-in hybrid variant.

Mini Clubman

a red mini clubman with two dogs sat in the boot

When you think of a Mini, the first thought that may come to mind is ‘small hatchback’, but nowadays this BMW-owned brand makes SUVs and estate cars that are quickly growing in popularity.

What we love about the Clubman is its peppy driving nature because it still has many of the values of the Cooper hatch, so it’s great fun around a British country road.

Volkswagen Passat Estate

A white Passat GTE driving on a winding road.

German build quality mated with a large interior can only equal one sweet car.

Its main rivals are the Ford Mondeo, Peugeot 508, Mazda 6 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but we think this is the pick of the bunch in terms of value for money and interior quality.

The Passat can be had with either a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, meaning there are plenty of options for everyone.

Ford Focus Estate

an orange ford focus estate parked outside a large house

The Ford Focus hatchback is brilliant for many people, but the estate version is the go-to for those who need more space for the family or extra luggage.

It still drives and feels like the smaller Focus, but it now has a much larger boot and increased rear-seat space, thanks to the revised design to house the ‘estate’ part of the car’s shape.

In terms of engines, there are the standard petrol and diesel engines, but you can also get it with a mild-hybrid setup that has a smaller, quieter engine without compromising on performance.

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