Six of the best small estate cars on sale today

For many people, practicality comes out on top when it comes to requirements for a new car. Often an SUV is a way of finding this much-needed spaciousness but with this comes a vehicle with a larger footprint – and that might be a no-go for many drivers. If you want more spaciousness from a car that won’t feel too unwieldy to pilot, what do you go for? A small estate car could be the ideal option. Fortunately, there are plenty of good models on sale…

1. Mini Clubman

For some time, Mini’s quirky Clubman has been a firm favourite with those who like a little more style from their compact estate. The clever hinged rear doors remain present and correct on the most recent model, giving access to a well-sized boot. The cabin is a classy and well-made affair, and there’s a range of petrol and diesel engines.

2. Skoda Octavia Estate

Skoda has a fearsome reputation for creating well-made and good-value estates. The latest Octavia variations might be packed with tech but its generous boot and sturdy cabin ensure it ticks all of the boxes. There’s a punchy vRS option too, while a new plug-in hybrid variant is a good option for those who want to reduce their running costs.

3. Volkswagen Golf Estate

Volkswagen’s latest eighth-generation Golf is the most tech-focused ever, with a large central touchscreen and a distinct lack of buttons giving the cabin a futuristic feel. A new estate option is there for those drivers who need a little more boot space.

4. Peugeot 308 SW

The 308 is an ever-popular model in Peugeot’s range of classily-styled cars. Though a new version has just been unveiled – and an estate version will no doubt follow soon – the previous generation 308 SW is still available. You’ll no doubt be able to get a good deal on this run-out model.

5. Ford Focus Estate

The Ford Focus is the bread and butter of driving, proving popular with drivers for its well-finished cabin, high level of standard equipment and surprisingly sprightly driving style. An estate version boosts the practicality of the Focus, while also giving the car a sleeker, more agile look. A punchy ST model – with either petrol or diesel engines – can be specified in Estate form.

6. MG 5

If you fancy taking a slightly different tack, the MG 5 could be the compact estate car for you. It’s the only electric estate car on sale in the UK at the moment. It brings a 214-mile range and a well-sized boot, as well a wide range of standard equipment.


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