Estate cars have been a staple in British society for decades, used as the original family vehicle the estate gives drivers the ability to fill the car with adults, teens and children as well as the dog or bicycles and set off on a journey in comfort, the additional boot space is a benefit when you need to transport larger than average loads that just won't fit in a saloon or hatchback.
An estate car is a practical 5-door or in the case of the Mini Clubman 6-door vehicle, typically a rear boot lid is paired with the rear window and open vertically like a hatchback or SUV. In addition to the rear row of seats, there is a third window that indicates the vehicle is an estate. A larger loading bay and opening make an estate the ideal options for those who require more room than the typical small family car, the estate is also more aerodynamic and therefore better with fuel economy and driving efficiency that large crossovers or SUVs. Estate vehicles are also called sports tourers, avants and shooting brake a full list of body type meanings can be found here.
Estate vehicles are typically larger than hatchbacks and saloons, making transporting long or oversized items easier. The lower ride height when compared to crossovers and SUVs make loading and unloading the rear easier than taller vehicles. A range of lengths and luxury vehicles are available in the UK from the majority of manufacturers including Volvo, Mercedes, Ford and Volkswagen.
Often cheaper to lease than the equivalent SUV the estate is also more frugal with fuel than larger SUVs. While more practical than your typical hatchback or saloon power and performance is never too far away with AMG and RS estate models available. The estate is not as popular as it once was but remains a favourite for those that want to transport work equipment through the week but enjoy their car and not a van at a weekend. No matter you're requirements for a personal lease or a new company car we have special offers for you.
Compact Estates have of the small boots for an estate starting from an impressive 530 litres with the rear seats up, the compact estate is the perfect partner for those that want the extra storage space without the need for the significant size increase of a large or executive estate.
The most popular car from 2017 and 2018 the Volkswagen Estate is everything that you would need from a load bearing car, it has sports models for those that want a practical family car for weekends and a large loading bay for tools or materials for work.
One of the smallest estates on our list the Skoda Fabia has a good boot size suitable for transporting site equipment or the tent and stove for a camping weekend. The short wheelbase helps the Fabia estate manoeuvre around town where larger estates would struggle.
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The Vauxhall Astra Estate is a popular small estate for fleet vehicles thanks in part to its low monthly rental and efficient running costs. Along with the hard wearing trims and sporty design of particular lines, Astra is the right partner for those looking for a little extra space in their next car.
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Possibly the biggest estate in the compact category, the Skoda Octavia has a simple design, with plenty of rear legroom and a well thought out cockpit, while the rear of the car has been made to give the most space when loading and unloading.
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A popular choice for many, the Ford Focus estate has been adapted from the popular 5-door hatchback, with a raised loading point and easy fold rear seats to quickly increase storage space. Thanks to the Ford range an estate doesn't have to be boring and big with ST-line and Vignale options.
6-doors is not often a phrase you hear when talking about a car, but thanks to the quirky double split rear door of the Mini Clubman, drivers can enjoy van like access to the extra long and robust Mini, while keeping that classic mini charm and BMW power.
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Not your typical estate, any Mercedes-Benz will turn heads and the compact estate or CLA Shooting Brake as it is called by Mercedes is a small estate with the rear style of a grand coupe or sporty hatchback, without compromising the functionality.
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Volkswagen don't often miss a beat and they continue their success with the VW Passat Estate, the interior makes it a wonderful place to be whether your driving or a passenger, the rear space if suitable for plenty of equipment seats up or down and the engine delivers the right balance of economy and performance.
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When you want to step away from the every day, Jaguar offers the XF Estate, all the grace and power of a Jag with the practicality of an estate, the style keeps the XF sporty lines and body creases. Alloy wheels, leather heated front seats and sat nav are all standard.
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A staple when discussing estate cars the Swedish dominant Volvo has long held the crown for comfortable, executive estates, providing the very best for decades and with their modern styling packs. Volvo's V60 is a desirable car for travelling staff, small families and drivers alike.
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The smallest Audi estate on offer is by no means a small car, the long body and sharp slope of the rear boot allow the A4 Avant to maximise the luggage capacity. With the sports heritage of Audi as well as quattro and S-Tronic options available along with performance-based S and RS models.
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The Skoda Superb Estate offers one of the largest cargo space of all estates in our list, despite its affordable price tag. Skoda built the Superb with a combination of petrol and diesel engines to choose from as well as a range of trims from the most basic S to the flagship performance VRS models.
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A popular choice for business lease customers, BMW's 3 Series estate uses the long bonnet and forward axel mount to increase driver and passenger leg room in the cabin while the extended estate boot increases boot capacity significantly with the rear seats up or for extra the quick fold 60/40 split makes it versatile to your needs.
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Every Mercedes-Benz is designed to excite your senses while giving you a luxury driving experience, the C Class Estate delivers with its practical boot space, soft-touch interior and varied range with sport or comfort trim levels depending on your needs.
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Audi's A4 estate is a popular car for families and company car drivers, but for those that aren't ready to buy a purpose-built SUV. The Audi A4 Allroad increases ground clearance with a bigger focus on driving on uneven surfaces, without compromising the comfort of the driver and passengers.
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Sporty and estate don't often go in the same sentence but when you introduce Audi, it all begins to make sense. The Audi A6 Avant is an executive estate that comes with a dynamic cockpit, and choosing the right engine guarantees that you won't slow down no matter how much you pack in the large boot.
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BMW has been producing excellent estates for years and has kept their loyal customers while attracting new with the telltale kidney grill design, the sharp slope boot for maximum space and interesting light design accentuates the long flowing body lines and styled side skirts are all key indicators that you drive a BMW 5 series estate.
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When you mention Estate cars, everyone thinks of old Volvo's and that is why the current flagship estate, the V90 has one of the most comfortable cockpits of any car on the market and has safety and security to rival next level cars, while the faster models make the V90 estate a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Transporting clients and equipment is a difficult balance, and when you don't want to compromise with a city van, The Mercedes E Class Estate steps forward with its almost silent cabin, complete with all modern cons. The large E class estate is only available with the smooth 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox.