The Lookers guide to choosing an estate car

Estate cars are known for combining drive quality with functionality and space. They're excellent options for families and business users, and commonly feature the latest automotive technology. But with a huge number of estate models to choose from, selecting the perfect car can be tricky. Follow our guide for some top tips on choosing an estate:

  • Choose what to prioritise. Estate cars come in different sizes and packages, so you'll have to decide whether you'd prefer vast quantities of boot space, or lifestyle features such as in-car technology and exterior style. Of course, these factors aren't necessarily exclusive, but as the merits of each model differ it's important to enter the selection process with an idea of what's most important to you.
  • Opt for a petrol or diesel engine. Most estate models offer petrol and diesel options, so you should have plenty to choose from. Diesel engines can offer enhanced fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, in turn reducing the amount of road tax or company car tax that you have to pay. Petrol alternatives offer huge pulling power and are often less expensive in the short term.
  • Consider the drivetrain. Many estates now come with four-wheel drive options, adding even more versatility to your choice. If you're going to be driving your family across rougher terrain during the holidays you could benefit from the extra traction provided by 4x4.
  • Take the time to analyse all optional extras. If your model of choice seems to be weaker in certain departments, be sure to look at the optional extras and higher-specification models. Simple additions like roof rails or roof-top boxes can add considerable storage space to smaller estates, while stylistic packages can provide a sportier or more refined edge.

You can get in touch with the team at Lookers for more information on the latest estate models, as well as our current range of used estate cars in stock. We offer premium models such as the Audi A3 Sportback, Volvo V60, Hyundai i30 and Mercedes E-Class.