Top five estate cars

We’ve discussed fairly recently whether the runaway popularity of SUV-esque vehicles – be they true 4x4, crossover, compact crossover, or any other term being bandied about by manufacturers – has come at the expense of other areas of the car market, notably the traditional estate car.

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Whereas estates were once only for those who had to have one – be they travelling salesmen or those into outdoor pursuits – the likes of Audi and BMW soon made them a lifestyle choice. And just as it seemed they were onto an established and winning formula, cars such as the Nissan Qashqai arrived to steal their thunder.

Can the estate ever find its footing again or will it prove to be a niche choice and rare sight on the road in years to come? We’ve picked out five of our favourites for you to lease and make your own mind up…

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer

The latest Insignia Sports Tourer is bigger, more enjoyable to drive and better value than its predecessor, offering a sleek and stylish design both inside and out that prioritises practicality.

Alas, the Vauxhall Insignia is more about motorway comfort and stability than country-lane precision meaning it’s not as well rounded as others on this list.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

With the Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon winning our Car of the Year, it was to be expected that the estate would offer that same level of award-winning class and pedigree.

And it does. The E-Class estate loses none of the appeal of the saloon, blending a large load bay with an elegantly styled and tech-laden interior along with a comfortable ride that is second to none. The E-Class is a solid choice in estate form.

Kia Optima

Kia Optima

The Kia Optima is a good-looking and economical alternative to the key players in this class. Price rather than practicality has always been Kia’s strong suit and the Optima continues that trend.

It might not be your first choice but it is a great choice, offering a decent drive, good looks, plenty of space and a smart cabin

Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia

Whether you’re after a sensible family car or a racer in disguise, the Octavia estate has something for everyone.

Blending class-leading mechanics with practical bodystyle – along with some seriously tempting lease prices – whether you opt for the Octavia in estate or VRS form you’ll get a car that is well thought out, versatile, and practically flawless.

Audi A4 Allroad

Audi A4 Allroad

We gave you five reasons why we think the Audi A4 Avant is the perfect family estate, and we stick by ‘em!

With strong brand image and road presence, as well as a distinctive visual appearance, it shares nearly all that’s great about the A4 saloon while being bigger, quieter and safer. Add to that the amount of luxury on offer as well as strong residuals and you can do no wrong.

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