Best used estate cars

The Skoda Superb Estate is the best used estate car in our Used Car Awards 2018Best used estate car: Skoda Superb Estate

Price from: £11,600
Our pick: Skoda Superb Estate 2016 (16) 1.6 TFI SE, 44,326 miles, £11,790

Space and practicality are key for any estate car, but buying second-hand alters the rules slightly, because your choice is so much more varied.

It’s hard to ignore the Skoda Superb Estate, though. This current-generation car offers everything you’d get in a new example, just with big discounts over dealer prices. It mixes all the best bits of the standard Superb with a bigger boot and even more practicality.

• Best estates to buy 2019

The Skoda has a huge 660-litre boot with the rear seats up, so is one of the most practical estates on the market. Yet fold them down and that figure almost triples to 1,950 litres. But while space is key, the sizeable Superb is more than just a big box on wheels.

The interior is well built, and the SE car we’ve chosen rides well on smaller wheels and has an acceptable haul of standard kit. Engines range from basic petrol and diesel variants to a subtle but fairly high- performance 276bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol.

The price secures an entry-level 1.6 TDI that’s economical, even if it’s not too refined. There should be just enough performance for most buyers’ needs and with used prices starting from not much above £11,000 for the S trim level that features necessities such as air-con, Bluetooth and DAB, this current-shape car is well worth it. The SE model we found adds cruise control and parking sensors, too.

This third-generation Superb Estate offers ‘Simply Clever’ features, such as umbrellas in the doors, nets in the boot and lots of cabin storage. It’s these little elements that add up to make the Skoda one of the best cars in its class, with important boxes checked.

The Superb offers limo-like legroom in the rear, so passengers won’t be left wanting for comfort.

Key details

Big on talent: SE trim Superbs ride well on smaller wheels, while the cabin is classy, well kitted out and offers lots of room.

Finance options

PCP prices of £330 per month might sound steep, but bear in mind this level of outgoing only secures you a compact hatch on the new market and it’s easy to see how affordable a second-hand, current-generation Superb Estate is.

That’s with a £1,179 deposit as well. Buying used has never been so affordable.

CommendedMercedes E-Class Estate Mk4

The current Mercedes E-Class Estate is brilliant but pricey family transport, so those on a tighter budget should look at the previous generation, which is capable but still feels premium. It has a huge boot and roomy cabin; the E250 CDI is fast yet frugal, too.

Left-field choiceVolvo XC70 Mk2

Volvo is known for its estates, and has become an SUV brand of late, but the firm’s older cars such as the XC70 combined this practicality and rugged, go-anywhere ability in one package. An older Cross Country V70 is worth a look as a left-field buy.

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