Top 10: Used Estates for £5000
If you’re after a used estate car for £5000, then look no further. There is a huge amount of choice out there, but a good estate is more than just a vast boot space. Here’s our guide to the best ten load carriers that you can buy – all of which have plenty of room.
Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer
The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer was a good value estate car when it was new and it represents excellent value for money on the used market. Our £5000 will get you the choice of a wide range of engines and trim levels. Petrols are rare but are worth hunting out if you only cover low miles, otherwise the 2.0-litre diesel provides a good combination of performance and economy.
Audi A4 Avant
Five grand will stretch as far as an Audi A4 Avant from around 2010. The Avant retains the A4’s understated style, excellent build quality and refinement and although it’s not quite as enjoyable to drive as the BMW 3 Series, it’s still a versatile load lugger with an excellent range of engines. We’d recommend the 2.0 TDI with 140PS.
BMW 3 Series Touring
If you want an estate car that's enjoyable to drive, you probably won't do much better than a 3 Series Touring - especially with a budget of £5000. Don't underestimate the running costs of the bigger engines - the 2.0-litre 318i is pretty frugal but has enough performance for most drivers. M Sport models look the part with bigger wheels and stiffer suspension, but the trade-off is a firm ride.
Ford Focus Estate
£5000 will get you a 2012 Ford Focus Estate with the reliable 1.6-litre petrol engine and manual gearbox, although the automatic is to be avoided. There are plenty on the market so you can be picky about things like condition, specification and even colour. It's not an exciting choice but it's a practical car that's good to drive.
Volvo goes hand in hand with estate cars, so there was no way the V70 wouldn’t feature in our line-up. It's a very practical estate car, with a huge boot and stylish (and well-built) interior. It's also incredibly safe, so the perfect car for transporting your family. Our budget will get you a tidy example from around 2009. Many will have high mileages - don't be put off by this, provided there's evidence of regular servicing.
Saab 9-3 Sportwagon
If you want your estate car of choice to stand out, this Swedish load-lugger could be the vehicle for you. £5000 will get you one of the latest 9-3 Sportwagons before the company folded in 2011. Not only is it one of the best-looking cars in its class, in our opinion, it's also got a useful 1273-litre load area.
Dacia Logan MCV
The Dacia Logan is Britain's cheapest estate car, and second-hand examples are dropping below our £5000 budget. That'll get you a 2014 example with low miles in high-spec Laureate trim. The turbocharged 0.9-litre TCe petrol engine is the one to go for. Don't expect any soft-touch materials, but as a value-for-money offering, the Logan can't be beaten.
Jaguar X-Type Estate
If you want a classy, well-appointed estate car, the Jaguar X-Type might be your cup of tea. £5000 will get you the pick of the bunch, including the frugal 2.2-litre diesel engine in SE trim. Diesel particulate filters were only fitted as standard to facelift 2.2 diesel automatics, so that's something to be aware of if you're worried about maintaining an older diesel...
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate
While the Mercedes-Benz C-Class isn't the most practical estate car on the market, it is extremely comfortable and refined, and feels like it could last forever. Most examples within our budget are the C220 CDI, which is a sensible choice providing you cover enough miles to warrant a diesel. Otherwise, hunt out a petrol C180.
Stylish, practical and comfortable, the Passat is all you could ever want from a family car. We found a 2011 2.0-litre TDI Tech SE model for our budget, with one owner from new and desirable full dealer service history. With its sharp styling, generous equipment and excellent chassis, the Passat is a good alternative to Audi’s A4 or BMW’s 3 Series.