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. Prices start at around £23,410 for the S version but the SE Tech is a better choice and has dual zone climate control and navigation as standard.
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 £25,000 you can get the 2.0 EcoBlue diesel with the six-speed manual gearbox. Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, navigation, DAB radio and Ford's brilliant Quickclear heated windscreen.
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 145PS SkyActiv-G petrol engine.
Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
When it comes to value for money, few estates can compete with the Insignia Sports Tourer. But there's more to the latest Insignia than the fact it's cheaper than most of the competition. It's also a quite underrated car - it combines plenty of interior space with a good ride quality and some impressive engines. For £25,000 you can get a desirable SRi model with the 110PS 1.6-litre diesel engine.
SEAT Leon ST
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 ST is deceptively spacious. It's also very good value and for £25,000 you can get a top of the range Xcellence model although we'd be tempted by an FR Technology with the 2.0 TDI 150PS version - although only if you're covering lots of miles.
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.
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. It'll be reliable and cheap to run, though, and our £25,000 budget will almost stretch to a 1.8-litre hybrid in Icon trim.
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 fairly high spec Titanium model with the 2.0-litre 150PS diesel engine and six-speed manual gearbox. Standard kit includes 16-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, navigation and ambient lighting.
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 a high spec GT Line model - which gets a reversing camera, full LED headlights and 18-inch alloys - with the excellent 1.2 PureTech 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 Vauxhall Insignia. But it does have five-year unlimited mileage warranty going for it as well as an economical diesel engine.