Despite the SUV dominating car sales, the estate still has a place in our hearts and on our driveways. The practicality of large load space within a car chassis, with a car-like driving experience cannot be beaten, which is why the vehicle type endures.
If that’s a combination you’re looking for, you’re in the right place.
We are going to compare 10 of the cheapest estate cars you can buy in 2022. Each combines a low price with quality build, decent specifications and reliability you can depend on.
Dacia Logan MCV
The Dacia Logan MCV is a very well-priced estate car whether you buy new or used. The MCV stands for ‘Maximum Capacity Vehicle’, which is apt we think.
The Dacia Logan continues the low cost, no-nonsense approach of other models while giving decent build quality and more comfort and technology than you might think at this price. With a 573 litre boot, it can cope with most family needs too.
The Citroën C5X really does ‘X’ boundaries. It’s part estate, part crossover and part something unique. It’s a new model from the French carmaker that’s going down very well.
The Citroën C5X reflects the design of other Citroën models, rounded edges, narrow lights, flowing panels and a friendly, chunky look. With 545 litres of boot space with the seats up, there’s plenty of space for everyone too.
This is the second Dacia in our list of cheap estate cars. That’s because it’s cheap and it delivers the comfort, utility and build quality we want from a family car.
The Dacia Jogger is a crossover-style estate with room for 7 passengers and 565 litres of boot space. The new design is a real step up and delivers contemporary looks with a comfortable cabin.
The MG5 EV is an electric estate car from the revitalised brand. It’s a completely new car with up to 214 miles of range and rapid charging capability.
The design is restrained but attractive with smooth lines and some elegant touches throughout. The cabin is comfortable and offers enviable space for passengers and 578 litres of space in the back with seats up.
Skoda Fabia Estate
The Skoda Fabia Estate is a small estate car, ideal for smaller families and smaller loads. It’s a great ‘little’ cheap estate car that’s definitely worth checking out.
Skoda has come a long way in recent years and this is proof of that. Build quality is good, design is excellent and the cabin is a great place to spend time. There’s 330 litres of boot space too, which is a lot for a car this size.
Hyundai i30 Tourer
The Hyundai i30 Tourer takes the tried and tested i30 recipe and adds extra room in back for the family and family cargo.
It’s a good looking car with a rakish design and unfussy panels. It has a slightly sporty stance with low front end and curved bonnet but is a sensible family hauler with around 602 litres of boot space.
Kia Ceed Sportswagon
The Kia Ceed Sportswagon is a rarity on our roads because Kia SUVs are so good. But this estate car is just as good.
The Kia Ceed Sportswagon is around the same price as the i30 Tourer but has a different look altogether. It’s well designed with a very comfortable interior and some frugal engines too, oh, and 625 litres of boot space.
SEAT Leon Estate
The SEAT Leon Estate is another rarity on our roads. The Leon is a very popular hatchback but there’s also an estate.
The SEAT Leon is a great little car and the estate version adds some practicality to that. It’s well designed, built by the VW Group and could easily be a competitor for the Golf. It has 620 litres of boot space to add to the appeal.
Ford Focus Estate
The Ford Focus used to be incredibly popular and a very common sight on our roads. Rising prices and lower cabin quality means you see fewer now than before, but they are a cheap estate car.
The exterior design is great and the driving dynamics are first class. There’s actually a lot to like about the Focus, including the 575 litre boot space.