Review of the Honda Civic Tourer (2014–2018)

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context £7,809 76%

 

key attributes

mid-range estate
used just
gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Verdict in comparison: Extremely useful load lugger

The Civic Tourer’s impressive boot is supported by a cutting-edge variable rear suspension technology designed to enhance how the car rides depending on its load. Additionally, visibility is far better than in the Civic hatchback, and the car’s high durability rating helps it earn the distinction of a Which? Best Buy.

Pros
enormous boot
Interior design flexibility Diesel engine efficiency Drawbacks
bad ride quality
speedy noise
pricey to acquire

Review of the Toyota Auris Touring Sports (2013–2019)

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context £5,459 75%

key attributes

mid-range estate
used just
gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Verdict in comparison: Practical, yet boring

The Touring Sports is actually more practical than the hatchback Auris, despite not being the most spacious estate car ever produced. Its practical attitude to everyday driving, from its simplicity to its extensive safety features and selection of effective engines, makes it an intelligent choice for a family car.

Pros
really dependable
Utilizable interior
large front cabin area
Warranty for five years
Cons
Poor interior design and driving performance

Review of the 2019– Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Hybrid

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context 75% £25,012

 

key attributes

Medium-sized available new homes
entire hybrid

A wonderful estate let down by significant CO emissions in our testing, according to a comparison verdict

The Corolla Touring Sports offers beneficial extra cargo capacity in addition to all the features of the Best Buy hatchback model. However, significant CO emissions in our independent tests ruin the fun and prevent us from praising it as highly as we would the outstanding hatchback.

Driving is enjoyable and calming.
Cheap engine Safe Drawbacks
poor CO emissions testing
Unreliable touchscreen
a limited ability to see behind

Review of the Volkswagen Golf Estate from 2021

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context: $24,030 75%

key attributes

Medium estate, new, available in gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Comparison result: a perennial family favourite

The Golf Estate, in our opinion, is a terrific option for family transportation. It has plenty of room inside for passengers and luggage, and it’s a pleasant, secure vehicle for long distance driving. Even though the cabin is entirely digital and some of the materials are disappointingly low-quality, these are minor complaints, and it’s still a Best Buy.

Positives Plenty of room for both persons and luggage
good to drive secure
fully prepared
Cons
Digital controls are annoying and difficult to use.
Standard cabin condition

Review of the Suzuki Swace (2021-

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context: $24,444 75%

key attributes

Medium-sized available new homes
entire hybrid

Verdict comparison: a well-equipped hybrid estate

For families, the Swace is a fantastic all-arounder. It may not offer the same selection of engines or body styles as the Corolla on which it is based, but it does offer a well planned blend of affordability, usefulness, and usability, earning it the designation of Best Buy.

Pros\sSpacious\sSafe
Low fuel usage Drawbacks
mediocre performance
sloppy handling
a limited ability to see behind

Review of the Ford Focus Estate (2011–2018)

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context: £5,056 70%

key attributes

mid-range estate
used just
gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Comparative assessment: A fun and practical vehicle

Space is everything in estates, and fortunately, the Focus is very useful. In fact, the Focus hatchback’s short boot, one of the main complaints, is addressed by the roomy 410-liter trunk of this vehicle. Passenger space is also good. The Ford Focus Estate has a Best Buy rating because it is entertaining to drive but also seems more mature, polished, and comfortable than prior models.

Pros
reasonably priced
powerful and cost-effective engines
Very spacious Cons
A sharp decline
less stable in emergency manoeuvres than a hatchback

Review of the Seat Leon X-Perience (2014–2018)

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context £7,420 70%

key attributes

mid-range estate
used just
gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Comparative assessment: A 4×4 improves a talented estate

The Seat Leon X-Perience is spacious inside, has a large boot, and is very comfy. Because of the chassis’ many similarities to the VW Golf, it drives smoothly and precisely. One of the better medium estate cars we’ve examined would be one with four-wheel drive and mild off-road capability.

Pros Practical 4×4 drivetrain
decent grip
Good at driving and riding Practical Cons
Golf’s boot is smaller, while the Leon ST Limited’s engine range is thirstier.

Review of the 2019 Kia ProCeed

 

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context 70% $23,453

 

 

key attributes

Medium estate, new, available in gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Verdict on the comparison: Style and content

The ProCeed from Kia stands out from its slightly dowdy Ceed sibling vehicles in terms of appearance. Although the boot area isn’t severely affected by the sleek style, tall people may find it difficult to fit in the back seat. Overall, this car has a mature feel about it, is comfortable to drive, and is well-equipped. It’s a Best Buy from Which?

Pros
amazing cabin
Large boot capacity, reliable performance, and extensive warranty
Cons
Poor rear visibility and little rear legroom

Review of the Seat Leon Estate (2020-)

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context 70% $22,158

key attributes

Medium estate, new, available in gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Comparative judgement: a fashionable, practical estate

Today’s market may favour SUVs over medium-sized estate cars, but Seat’s Leon Estate demonstrates that an estate car’s practicality can be at least as good as an SUV’s. Driving the Leon Estate is also a lot of fun. Even while it falls short of several competitors in terms of comfort, elegance, and build quality, it is still a Which? Top Shop.

Pros
willing performance
Safe practises
Very spacious interior Cons
not as elegant or cosy as some competitors
obtrusive control mechanisms

Review of the Seat Leon Sport Tourer (2014–2020)

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context £7,515 69%

key attributes

mid-range estate
used just
gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Comparative judgement: a well-designed, useful estate

The Leon ST is a great family hauler because to its spacious interior, large trunk, and comfortable seats. The Leon ST performs more than admirably on the road thanks to its skilled VW Golf-based chassis and a strong selection of powerful engines. The 2017 facelift’s quality and technology advancements have only increased its allure.

Pros
reasonably priced
Large boot Good driving and riding cons
Unreliable touchscreen
Spartan first-tier trim
reliability questions

Review of the Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid (2020-)

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context £29,716 69%

key attributes

mid-range estate
used just
Powerful hybrid (PHEV)

Verdict on comparison: Excellent all-arounder with low-cost potential

As a family vehicle, the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV has relatively few flaws. It boasts a tonne of interior space, is safe and comfortable to drive, and comes with a tonne of standard equipment. The hybrid powertrain offers the possibility of very low operating expenses, and the seven-year warranty from Kia provides excellent piece of mind. Unfortunately, it is not a Best Buy due to the excessive CO (carbon monoxide) emissions that we recorded.

Benefits Well-equipped
Spacious\sEfficient\sSafe\sCons
Some rivals provide more enjoyable driving.
I get thirsty on long highway drives
extreme CO emissions

Mini Clubman evaluation, 2015-

Price from Test ScoreShow Context £22,414 68%

key attributes

Medium estate, new, available in gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Verdict on the comparison: Stylish, somewhat useful estate car

The Clubman has just as much personality as other Minis. It boasts a peculiar interior layout, an extraordinarily sporty drive, and a striking appearance. Additionally, it provides more useful practicality than the Mini hatchback.

Pros
dynamic drive
powerful engines
Design with personality Cons
tiny boot
Inconvenient split tailgate
Pricey

Review of the Ford Focus Estate ST (2012–2018

Price based on Test Score £10,575 Show Context 68%

key attributes

mid-range estate
used just
gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Verdict in comparison: Enjoyable but uncomfortable

Driving the ST is a pleasure. It’s strong, entertaining, and self-sufficient. Additionally, it has a tonne of space and produces little NOx despite being a petrol vehicle. However, in our studies, we discovered that it emits more hazardous carbon monoxide (CO) than is permitted by law – more than a Porsche 911 Carrera. Even if it had received a high enough rating to earn a Best Buy, we would still have to refuse the award due to its extremely high hazardous emission levels.

Pros
amazing to drive
There is plenty of room for bags and passengers
Cons
rigid suspension
Sports seats that are uncomfortable
elevated CO emissions

Review of the Volkswagen Golf Estate (2007–2013)

Price based on Test Score: £2,784Show Context: 68%

 

key attributes

mid-range estate
used just
gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Compared assessment: Hugely practical despite being of medium size

The VW Golf Estate performs as expected: it drives well, is well-built, and has a large capacity for hauling a lot of luggage. You should be aware that it is outdated in several ways because it is based on the outdated (2004–2009) Mk5 version of the Golf.

Pros
giant boot
solid construction
Comfortable
Easy-to-reach cabin Negatives
pricey to acquire
High operating expenses

depending on age Review of the Golf Mk5 Ford Focus ST Estate (2019-)

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context £30,722 68%

key attributes

Medium estate, new, available in gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Verdict on comparison: Fun and speedy family transportation

We already know that the Ford Focus Estate is considerably more practical than the Focus hatchback, especially when it comes to the amount of room in the back seat and the amount of cargo space. However, the ST model, with its powerful urge and precise handling, demonstrates that you can have your family car cake and eat it, too. However, some individuals will probably find it to be merely excessive for daily use.

Pros
wonderful performance
precise handling
ample room for travellers’ luggage
Cons
Extreme for a family car, feels
Noisy
tough ride

Hyundai i30 Tourer (2012-2017) review, thirsty

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context £4,773 67%

 

key attributes

mid-range estate
used just
gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Comparative judgement: a good, wise estate decision

The i30 Tourer may not be the best vehicle in terms of performance or handling, but it excels in terms of interior design and control arrangement, and the ride is superior to many of its German competitors. The cabin has plenty of space, and the boot is larger than those of most competitors. The level of equipment is also high.

Pros
a large cabin
massive boot
fully prepared
Warranty for five years
Cons
raucous diesels
It’s difficult to see behind.

Review of the Vauxhall Astra Estate (2010-2015)

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context £3,473 66%

key attributes

mid-range estate
used just
gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Comparative assessment: You can do better

The Astra Sports Tourer fulfils its purpose as a spacious, useful family car, but it is not a Which? vehicle and feels a touch dated when compared to the best in its class. Top Shop.

Pros
Interior space, large
Simple-to-use boot
Cons: safe chassis
Fairly pricey
significant depreciation
Too low of rear headrests

Review of the Kia Cee’d SW (2007-2012)

Price based on Test Score: £1,643Show Context: 66%

 

key attributes

mid-range estate
used just
gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Comparison finding: Effective and affordable

Don’t discount the Cee’d SW as little more than a low-cost alternative; it has a passable drive, plenty of useful space, and is a Best Buy.

Pros
Cheap to purchase and operate
Very spacious and useful Cons
raucous gasoline engines
Not the most nimble to drive

Review of the 2009–2016 Renault Megane ST

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context £2,922 66%

 

key attributes

mid-range estate
used just
gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Verdict on comparison: Good estate car selection

In addition to having larger load room, it is also considerably simpler to load up than the modern Mégane hatch. The Sport Tourer is a standout offering, but it is now too old to effectively compete with the leading estate versions of the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia.

Pros
Powerful diesels
dependable crash protection
Large and easily accessible boot
unrefined gasoline
low-performance diesels
limited visibility
inadequate pedestrian safety

Review of the Peugeot 308 SW (2008–2013)

Price based on Test ScoreShow Context £1,940 65

 

key attributes

mid-range estate
used just
gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrid

Conclusion in comparison: A very useful family vehicle

The 308 SW seems almost like an MPV because to its tall, wide body, and its (optional) seven very adaptable seats make it a very useful secondhand estate car. Even though it isn’t a direct competitor to a full-size MPV, the boot area in particular is of exceptionally ample dimensions.

Pros
Large interior
Safe and comfy for up to seven seats
Easy to drive
poor non-turbo gasolines
Lack of stability control in HDi 90