Top 10: Estates for £25,000
The estate has been somewhat forgotten in the rush for SUVs and crossovers but there are still plenty of options if you’ve got around £25,000 to spend. Here is our run-down of the best.
Skoda Superb Estate
We're big fans of the Superb Estate. We know it's not the most exciting thing in the world but it's incredibly comfortable and easy to drive. Not only that but it boasts a mammoth boot and rear leg room that nothing this side of an S-Class can match. It was facelifted in 2019 but prices went up so now even the entry-level S model costs £25,645.
Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
With up to 598 litres of luggage space with the rear seats left up (depending on spec), the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports isn't the most practical estate car to feature here. But it will be reliable and cheap to run, plus it comes with an excellent hybrid system. You will have to stretch the £25,000 budget though even just to get an entry level Icon model.
Mazda 6 Tourer
It might not have the biggest boot in its class, but the Mazda 6 is a bit of a bargain in the sub-£25,000 estate category. It's got a very pleasant (if not particularly exciting) interior and it's great to drive - it really doesn't feel like a big family estate car in the corners. For £25,000 you can get an SE-L Nav+ model with the 2.0-litre petrol engine.
Kia Optima SW
The Optima may not be the first name that springs to mind if you're thinking of a big estate, but the Kia is a car we find ourselves repeatedly recommending to people who want a dependable family estate. You can get a 3 specification for around £25k which comes with navigation, an 8-inch touchscreen, heated front seats and an electric driver's seat.
The new Ford Focus estate isn't exactly a 'large' estate, but it does have a useful boot. It's also a really good car, and our £25,000 budget will get you a high spec Titanium X model with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine and six-speed manual gearbox. Standard kit includes 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, navigation and an electrically adjustable driver's seat.
We realise that there are two Skoda models in the list but like the Superb, the Octavia is too good an estate not to make an appearance here. It's a hugely spacious and practical car and for £25k you can get an SE L model or better still a Sportline with the 1.5 TSI engine.
Ford Mondeo Estate
It may not be the big seller it once was, but the Mondeo is every inch the comfortable and dependable estate car that's also surprisingly fun to drive. For less than £25,000 you can get the 1.5 EcoBoost petrol in Titanium Edition which gets 18-inch alloys, electric seats that are heated in the front and leather upholstery.
SEAT Leon Estate
We realise this isn't as big as most of the other estates here, but with a boot that has 590 litres of carrying capacity, the Leon Estate is deceptively spacious. It's also very good value and for £25,000 you can get a good looking FR Black Edition model with the 1.5 TSI 130 engine.
Peugeot 308 SW
The 308 SW may be one of the smaller estates on this list but with boot space of 660 litres, it can carry far more than rivals like the Ford Focus Estate. On a £25k budget you can get an Allure model - which gets a panoramic glass roof, electrically folding mirrors and parking sensors - with the excellent 1.2 PureTech 130 engine.
Hyundai i40 Tourer
The i40 Tourer is one of the oldest cars in this list, having been first introduced in 2011. On the face of it, it doesn't look like value for money compared to the Mazda 6 and £25k will get you an SE Nav with the 1.6 CRDi engine. But it does have five-year unlimited mileage warranty going for it as well as an economical diesel engine.