There are many estate cars in the UK in 2016, ranging from budget models to premium motors, but which is right for you?
So the question is: with all of these models to choose from, just what is the best estate car to buy in the UK in 2016?
Skoda Octavia Estate
When it comes to space and value for money, there is no other estate that comes close to the Skoda Octavia Estate. Simply, this is why it’s our pick for the UK’s best estate car to buy in 2016.
All Skoda vehicles are jam-packed with kit, so even opting for the base trim will bring a lot of goodies to play with.
For us, the Octavia Estate just gets the nod over the Skoda Superb Estate because of its lower price and CO2 emissions, while also offering more miles per gallon of fuel.
The Skoda Octavia Estate is seriously spacious, so those in the UK looking to transport a lot of goods or even just kids will love the car. With a boot space of 1,740 litres with the rear seats down, you’ll be able to splurge out on your shopping in 2016 in the knowledge that you can fit it all in the boot.
The winner of What Car?’s ‘Best Family Car’ two years running comes with a host of desirable features as standard. All versions of the Skoda Octavia Estate include 16-inch alloy wheels, manual air conditioning, touch-screen infotainment system, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and a leather steering wheel.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly drive in the UK, then you can opt for the GreenLine III version, which emits just 90g/km of CO2 and returns up to 80.7mpg.
Audi A4 Avant
If you want space but also a lot of style, then the sleek Audi A4 Avant is probably the best estate car for you to buy in the UK in 2016.
With its signature sleek Audi styling and coming chock-full of equipment, the A4 Avant certainly shines in the UK’s estate car market.
All versions of the Audi A4 Avant come with 17-inch alloy wheels, three-zone climate control, MMI Radio Plus with seven-inch colour MMI screen, Bluetooth interface, voice-control, DAB radio, cruise control, and much more.
If you fancy a little more oomph, then you can go for one of the quattro models that offer four-wheel-drive, a quicker 0-62mph time and a higher top speed.
On the other hand, if you are looking for an estate with lower running costs, then opting for one of the models with an ‘ultra’ engine will see lower CO2 emissions and better fuel consumption figures.
If you’re looking for an estate car in the UK, you’re obviously wanting something with a lot of space, and this is also where the Audi A4 Avant shines. With the rear seats up, the estate has a boot space of 505 litres, which expands to a cavernous 1,510 litres when the back seats are folded down.
You want room for golf bags, shopping and maybe a dog or two in the back? Then the Audi A4 Avant is the stylish estate car for you in 2016.
Ford Mondeo Estate
Ford continues its dominance of the UK car market by having two estate cars in 2016: the Focus Estate and Mondeo Estate. In our opinion, the latter is the best choice for a spacious estate car for UK drivers in 2016.
The Ford Mondeo Estate is a worthy challenger in the ‘best estate car in the UK’ category in 2016, offering a ton of space and a brilliant standard spec sheet.
As standard, the Mondeo Estate includes Ford SYNC 2 with Bluetooth, voice-control, eight-inch colour touch-screen and two USB connectivity ports, Ford DAB radio, dual-zone climate control, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob.
The Ford Mondeo Estate is certainly a spacious model, offering a luggage capacity of up to 1,630 litres with the rear seats folded down – that’s a lot of shopping that you can fit in the back!
Depending on the version chosen in 2016, the Mondeo Estate will emit from 99g/km of CO2, while returning average fuel economy of up to 74.3mpg.
Although the body of the Ford Mondeo Estate may not cause passers-by to wow at the car, the grille might do, as it is highly reminiscent of those found on Aston Martin models.
Whatever you’re looking for in your next estate car, you can be sure that the Ford Mondeo Estate will take most, if not all, of those boxes. Definitely one of the best estates to buy in the UK in 2016.
VW Passat Estate
Like many manufacturers on this list that have more than one estate featuring in the UK car market in 2016, we had a tough choice here. From Volkswagen, do we go with the Passat Estate or the Golf Estate…?
Well we decided to go with the VW Passat Estate, which is practical, comfortable and certainly high quality. That’s not to say the VW Golf Estate isn’t, but we had to make a choice!
The VW Passat Estate is available in many different trim levels, from the entry-level S spec to the economical BlueMotion models, all the way up to the Alltrack variant, which offers four-wheel-drive.
If you’re looking for an economical estate in the UK that is also very well-equipped and reliable to boot, then the VW Passat Estate is one of the best choices in 2016. The model offers low running costs thanks to CO2 emissions as low as 95g/km and fuel consumption of up to 76.3mpg.
In terms of standard kit, even the base Passat Estate model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch colour touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth telephone connection, MDI with USB and aux-in, DAB digital radio, lumbar support, and a multi-function leather-trimmed steering wheel.
So what about space then? Well UK drivers, you’re in luck if you choose the Passat Estate in 2016 as the model offers a substantial 650 litres of boot space with the rear seats up, and a ginormous 1,780 litres with them down. If that doesn’t get you salivating at the thought of how much food shopping you can fit in the boot, nothing will!
With that much space and luxuries available, it comes as no surprise why we think the VW Passat Estate is one of the UK’s best estate cars on the market in 2016.
Dacia Logan MCV
It’s cheap, it’s cheerful and it won’t burn a hole in your wallet if you decide to buy it. Yes, it can only be the Dacia Logan MCV, the UK’s cheapest estate car in 2016.
With a starting price of just £6,995, it comes as no surprise why bargain-loving UK drivers are picking up the Dacia Logan in 2016.
You may not get all the luxuries of a premium brand as standard, but who cares when you’re paying buttons for a fully-fledged estate car?
As standard, all versions of the Logan MCV come with power steering, numerous airbags, ABS, daytime running lights, manual front and rear windows, and tinted windows.
You’ll have to move up the range to get goodies like alloy wheels, on-board computer, cruise control, Stop & Start, remote central locking, Hill Start Assist, electric front windows, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and aux-in connections, radio with CD player, and air conditioning.
If you go for the economical dCi 90 engine, then the Dacia Logan MCV will emit just 90g/km of CO2, while returning 80.7mpg. Although models with this engine are pricier, you will save money on your running costs.
So just how spacious is the UK’s cheapest estate car? Well fold down the rear seats and the Dacia Logan will offer 1,518 litres of boot space. All of that for under £7,000!
If you’re looking for a good estate car in the UK this year, but want to save some money on the price, then the Dacia Logan MCV is the best estate for you in 2016.