Skoda Octavia Estate

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The Skoda Octavia Estate is one of the models pushing the Czech manufacturer to increasingly higher sales and market share figures in the UK.

Priced from £17,115, the Octavia Estate offers a good level of equipment, along with an efficient and pleasant drive.

Skoda’s award-winning Octavia Estate is available in S, SE, SE Business and Elegance trim levels, with the recently-added SE Business specification focused on the needs of company car drivers.

Standard equipment across the range includes 16-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio, touch-screen infotainment system, keyless entry, Lane Assistant, Intelligent Parking, leather steering wheel, daytime running lights, Bluetooth and air conditioning.

Additional features on upgraded models include height-adjustable driver and passenger seats, front fog lights, rear parking sensors, dual-zone air conditioning, Alcantara/leather upholstery, multi-function steering wheel, larger alloys, sat-nav and cruise control.

Engines sizes available range from 1.2-litres to 2.0-litres, with both petrol and diesel versions offered. CO2 emissions range from 99g/km to 124g/km, placing the model in a VED tax band between ‘A’ and ‘D’.

The most efficient model in the line-up is the Skoda Octavia Estate 1.6 TDI SE, which is our choice of the range.

Audi A4 Avant

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The German maker has numerous estate models, but one that catches the eye is the sleek Audi A4 Avant.

Priced from £25,685, the Audi A4 Avant is available in SE, SE Technik, S line and Black Edition trim levels, with each version coming well equipped.

Standard kit across the range includes 17-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio, Audi sound system speaker package, Bluetooth interface, front and rear fog lights, rear acoustic parking system, three-zone climate control, cruise control, intelligent key and leather multi-function steering wheel.

Higher-spec models come with additional features such as larger alloys, sat-nav, Audi Music Interface, Audi parking system plus, leather upholstery, metallic paint, sports suspension, sports seats, rear LED lights, roof spoiler and Xenon headlights.

The engine line-up consist of the 1.8 TFSI petrol, 2.0 TFSI quattro, 2.0 TDIe diesel, new 2.0 TDI ultra diesel, 2.0 TDI diesel, 2.0 TDO quattro diesel and the 3.0 TDI quattro diesel. Some of the engines are offered with different power outputs.

Depending on the A4 Avant model chosen, the estate car will return average fuel economy of between 40.9mpg and 64.2mpg, while emitting between 114g/km and 159g/km of CO2.

For low CO2 emissions, high fuel economy and an excellent level of equipment, we suggest the new Audi A4 Avant 2.0 TDI ultra SE Technik.

BMW 3 Series Touring

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The BMW 3 Series Touring is one of the most stylish and well-equipped estates on the market today.

Priced from £24,865, the BMW 3 Series Touring is available in the following trim levels: ES, SE, EfficientDynamics, EfficientDynamics Business, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport.

As with all BMW models, the 3 Series Touring comes very well equipped. Standard kit includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth hands-free, BMW Professional radio, multi-function leather steering wheel, USB audio interface and DAB tuner.

Moving up the trim levels brings numerous desirable features like larger alloys, dual-zone air conditioning, leather upholstery, sat-nav, ambient lighting, front sports seats, metallic paint, 8.8-inch colour display screen and numerous ‘M’ styling pieces.

Numerous petrol and diesel engines are available to power the BMW 3 Series Touring, with power outputs ranging from 114bhp to 302bhp.

Depending on the version chosen, the BMW 3 Series Touring saloon will emit between 112g/km and 189g/km.

Company car drivers should opt for the BMW 3 Series Touring 320d EfficientDynamics Business model, which is tailored specifically for such customers. Our pick for private buyers, however, is the well-equipped BMW 3 Series Touring 320d SE model.

Ford Focus Estate

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An updated Ford Focus Estate is set to be one of the automotive highlights this year, with the popular model receiving a new exterior, interior, technologies and fuel economy improvements.

The current generation model is priced from £17,195 and is available in numerous trim levels. The 2014 model range is expected to be priced around the same as the outgoing models, with trim levels also expected to be carried over.

Ford’s new Focus Estate model will be the first vehicle in Europe to offer SYNC 2, the company’s advanced in-car connectivity system. Ford SYNC 2 features a high-resolution eight-inch colour touch-screen and advanced voice control.

Models will also feature retuned Electric Power Assist Steering, Perpendicular Parking technology, Active Park Assist, Ford MyKey and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Standard equipment on current models includes air conditioning, alloy wheels, radio/CD player, USB connection and remote central locking.

Moving up the trim levels bring additional features such as front fog lamps, Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance, Bluetooth, sports style front seats, DAB radio, leather-trimmed steering wheel, larger alloys, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

Numerous petrol and diesel engines are available to power the Ford Focus Estate, including the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol, the new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol and the new 1.5-litre TDCi diesel.

Our choice of model is the Ford Focus Estate 1.0L EcoBoost 99bhp five-speed manual, which offers sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.

Dacia Logan MCV

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For customers wanting to buy an estate car but may not have the money for most models, the obvious choice is the budget Dacia Logan MCV.

The Dacia Logan is a roomy five-seat estate that is priced from a jaw-dropping £6,995. The estate is available in three trim levels: Access, Ambience and Laureate.

With such low prices, the standard kit within the Logan MCV was never going to be comprehensive. Models, however, do come equipped with tinted windows, ABS and EBA, ESC with traction control, numerous airbags, daytime running lights and an engine immobiliser.

You have to move up the range to receive desirable equipment, such as remote central locking, Hill Start Assist, electric front windows, AUX input, Bluetooth connectivity, radio with CD player, USB connection, alloy wheels, leather steering wheel and gearknob, cruise control, front fog lights and air conditioning.

Three engines are available for use in the Dacia Logan MCV: a 74bhp 1.2-litre petrol unit, an 89bhp 0.9-litre turbocharged petrol powerplant and an 89bhp 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine.

Models will return average fuel economy of between 48.7mpg and 74.3mpg, while producing between 99g/km and 135g/km of CO2 emissions.

With sub-100g/km CO2 emissions and a good standard of equipment, our pick of the range is the Dacia Logan MCV dCi 90 Laureate.

SEAT Leon ST

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The new SEAT Leon ST has received plaudits UK-wide, with the estate packed full of advanced technology, offering a good drive and is very practical.

SEAT’s estate version of the Leon is priced from £16,675 and is available in the following trim levels: S, SE and FR.

All models come packed with equipment, with even entry-level S versions featuring a host of advanced media technology.

Standard kit includes air conditioning, daytime running lights, numerous airbags, ESC with EBA, steering wheel-mounted audio & phone controls, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors and a media system.

The media system comprises a five-inch colour touch-screen, MP3-compatible CD player, aux-in and USB ports, SD card slot, Bluetooth and six speakers.

The upgraded Leon ST models come with additional features such as alloy wheels, leather steering wheel and gear knob, front fog lights with cornering function, cruise control, Hill hold control, LED taillights, twin exhaust pipe, front sports seats, sports suspension, SEAT Drive Profile and front and rear parking sensors.

A range of petrol and diesel engines are available for the SEAT Leon ST, with sizes ranging from 1.2-litres to 2.0-litres.

Depending on the version chosen, the Leon ST will emit between 87g/km and 137g/km, which places the hatchback in a VED tax band between ‘A’ and ‘E’. In addition, the SEAT Leon ST returns average fuel economy between 47.1mpg and 85.6mpg.

With the best CO2 emissions and fuel economy figures, not to mention a high standard of equipment, we suggest the SEAT Leon ST 1.6 TDI Ecomotive SE.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

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Bringing a serious injection of British class to the estate segment is the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, which is easy on the eye and offers a great ride.

Priced from £31,945, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake is available in numerous trim levels, including SE, SE Business, Luxury, R-Sport, Premium Luxury and Portfolio, among others

All versions of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake come well equipped, with base models receiving a seven-inch colour touch-screen display, Jaguar Smart Key System with Keyless start, Bluetooth audio streaming, Intelligent Stop/Start, automatic headlamps with washers and a Jaguar 250W sound system.

Moving up the trim levels brings extra luxuries such as a aerodynamic enhancements, stainless steel pedals, Meridian 380W sound system, leather heated and cooled seats, restyled front bumper, larger alloys and navigation system with HDD mapping, DVD player, post-code entry, destination entry and voice guidance.

A plethora of petrol and diesel engines are available for the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, with power outputs ranging from 161bhp to 271bhp.

Depending on the version chosen, the sleek and stylish Jaguar XF Sportbrake will emit between 129g/km and 163g/km of CO2. All units come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Our pick of the range is the Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.2D 163 SE, which comes well-equipped and is the most efficient model in the XF Sportbrake range.

Mazda 6 Tourer

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Sleek and stylish, with high fuel economy, low CO2 emissions and jam-packed with equipment; Mazda6 Tourer is a welcome addition to the estate segment.

The Mazda6 Tourer is priced from £21,315 and is available in three trim levels: SE, SE-L and Sport, with even entry-level models coming well equipped.

As standard, all Mazda6 Tourer models feature air conditioning, cruise control, front fog lights, daytime running lights, 5.8-inch colour touchscreen, Bluetooth, leather steering wheel, steering wheel audio controls, USB connectivity, aux-in jack, Hill Hold Assist and numerous airbags.

Moving up the trim levels brings additional kit such as dual-zone climate control, engine push button start, dusk-sensing lights, front and rear parking sensors, privacy glass, rain-sensing front wipers, smart keyless entry, Bi-Xenon headlights, reversing camera and heated front seats.

The engine range for the Mazda 6 Tourer consists of a 143bhp 2.0-litre petrol, 162bhp 2.0-litre petrol, 148bhp 2.2-litre diesel and a 173bhp 2.2-litre diesel.

Depending on the version chosen, the engine will be paired with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission.

CO2 emissions produced range from 116g/km to 136g/km, while the model will return between 47.9mpg and 67.3mpg.

Our pick of the model range is the Mazda6 Tourer 2.2 148bhp SE manual, for its low CO2 emissions, high fuel economy and enough kit for most drivers.

VW Golf Estate

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The Volkswagen Golf Estate is one of the most popular estates available today, with the standard version a multi-award-winning model.

Priced from £18,325, the VW Golf Estate is available in four trim levels: S, SE, BlueMotion and GT. Unlike the hatchback version, the VW Golf Estate is only available as a five-door model.

Standard equipment is plentiful, with entry-levels models featuring air conditioning, Bluetooth, ESC, ABS, numerous airbags (including curtain airbags), Start/Stop function and a media system which features a 5.8-inch colour touch-screen, DAB radio, SD card reader, eight speakers and MP3 playback.

Depending on the specific model chosen, higher trim levels add features such as alloy wheels, sports suspension, rear roof spoiler, twin exhaust tailpipe, leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel and gear knob, cruise control, front fog lights, sat-nav and front and rear parking sensors.

A range of petrol and diesel engines are available to power the VW Golf Estate. The petrol line-up consists of the 1.2-litre TSI and the 1.4-litre TSI, with some units able to be specified with a seven-speed DSG transmission.

The diesel engine range comprises the 1.6-litre TDI and the 2.0-litre TDI units, with numerous transmissions, including the seven-speed DSG ‘box, available.

CO2 emissions produced by the Golf Estate range from 87g/km to 124g/km, with average fuel economy ranging from 53.3mpg to 85.6mpg.

Our choice of model is the VW Golf Estate 1.6 TDI BlueMotion, which is a frugal runner, well-equipped and falls under the VED tax band ‘A’.

Peugeot 508 SW

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Flying the flag for France in the estate segment is the stylish and practical Peugeot 508 SW, offering high levels equipment and a frugal drive.

Priced from £20,595, the Peugeot 508 SW is available in the following trim levels: Access, Active and Allure.

Standard equipment is plentiful, with all models receiving 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, Peugeot Connect Sound Radio/CD player, Peugeot Connect USB Box with Bluetooth, daytime running lights and numerous airbags.

Moving up the trim range brings additional kit such as larger alloys, Peugeot Connect Navigation with Bluetooth, front and rear parking aid, Peugeot Connect SOS and Assistance, Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, electrically-adjustable and heated front seats, Peugeot Open and Go System (Keyless Entry with Start/Stop Button) and automatic electric parking brake with Hill Assist.

A host of petrol and diesel engines are available for use in the Peugeot 508 SW, along with one hybrid powertrain (HYbrid4 RXH), with power outputs ranging from 113bhp to 200bhp.

The Peugeot 508 SW will produce between 105g/km and 150g/km of CO2 emissions, along with returning average fuel economy of between 44.8mpg and 70.6mpg.

With a good level of equipment and low CO2 emissions, our recommended choice is the Peugeot 508 SW 1.6 e-HDI 115 Active EGC.