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Cheapest estate cars to buy in 2024

In need of a practical family wagon that won't break the bank? Here are some of the cheapest estate cars you can buy online

A grey Skoda Superb driving on a country road

Choosing your next family estate car isn’t an easy task – especially when you don’t wish to spend a small fortune on one.

This is why we’ve put together a list of the cheapest used estate cars you can buy online – including some great marques such as Volkswagen, Ford, Kia and many others.

Vauxhall Astra Estate

a blue vauxhall astra sports tourer driving on a long road in europe

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 30-odd years, you'll be aware of the Vauxhall Astra.

Often viewed as being one of the cornerstones of the modern British motoring industry, the Astra is everywhere you look.

Normally it’s a mid-sized hatchback, but Vauxhall also makes an estate version that offers more practicality and greater interior space.

It comes with an impressive range of petrol, diesel and hybrid engines. Plus, you’ll also benefit from the tried-and-tested engineering that comes with the brand.

Ford Focus Estate

a red ford focus estate parked in a town next to an old building

You buy a Ford Fiesta if you want to go fast around a country road, but you buy a Focus if you want more space and a more grown-up feel. But what if we told you Ford also makes an even more practical estate version?

Despite it being longer than any of the brand’s hatches, the Focus Estate is very fun to drive and won’t leave you feeling dissatisfied afterwards.

It has a whopping 575 litres of available boot space, and you can even have a mild hybrid variant to enjoy some more economical driving.

Volkswagen Golf Estate

a red volkswagen golf estate mk8

If you’re familiar with the standard Volkswagen Golf, then the Estate variant won’t feel too alien. It’s essentially just a longer, more practical version.

Its boot measures in at 605 litres, making it one of the biggest in its class. The Golf Estate is also full of great onboard technology including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Being available with both petrol and diesel engines means this elongated Golf can suit different lifestyles.

Skoda Octavia Estate

Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia Estate is the go-to family vehicle for many people across the UK.

Not least because it’s incredibly reliable and practical, but also because it’s handsome and will happily run for hundreds of thousands of miles with the correct servicing and care.

It’s available with either a petrol or diesel engine, with an automatic or manual gearbox – it really can be suited to most people.

Mini Clubman

a red mini clubman with two dogs sat in the boot

Minis used to be small, but not anymore. The Clubman is one of the largest models the company makes – with six doors (yes, six) and a large boot, what’s not to love?

If the full-sized Countryman SUV is too large for you but you still want practicality, then the Clubman estate is a great option because of its large 360-litre boot and spacious interior.

Speaking of which, the inside is like almost every other Mini, with the large instrument cluster, central infotainment system and overall sporty feel.

Volkswagen Passat Estate

A white Passat GTE driving on a winding road.

One of the first cars that may spring to mind when asked about good estate cars is probably the mighty Volkswagen Passat.

Also available in saloon form, this German family car is very suitable for all occasions, and with its tall and wide 650-litre boot space, there’s room for the dog too.

Unlike many of its rivals, the Passat also offers a hybrid variant, which increases its efficiency and gives it that little electric boost.

KIA Ceed Sportswagon

a red kia ceed sportswagon parked in the british countryside, surrounded by hills

If you’re not going to choose a German car next, then the likelihood is you’ve at least considered a South Korean car such as the KIA Ceed Sportswagon.

The Ceed hatchback is one of the brand’s best-selling cars, so it’s hardly surprising that the estate is so appealing.

Its closest rival is the Volkswagen Golf Estate, as they both have similar interior space, technology, engines and driving characteristics.

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