Top Sporty Family Estate Cars

Family cars and sports cars may sit at opposite ends of the car spectrum, but that doesn’t mean that sports cars can’t be practical – or that practical cars can’t be sporty.

We’ve rounded up some of the most appealing family estate cars that blend style, comfort, practicality and substance in one. They include:

  1. Skoda Octavia vRS Estate
  2. Mercedes-Benz AMG
  3. BMW 3 Series Touring Estate
  4. Ford Focus ST Estate
  5. Volkswagen Golf R Estate
  6. Audi RS 4
  7. Seat Leon Cupra
  8. Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo
  9. Mercedes-Benz C Class
  10. Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

1. Skoda Octavia vRS Estate

Prices from £1,905 (used)

If you’re looking for the best sporty family estate car but you’re also on a budget, the Skoda Octavia vRS Estate is one of the best value estate cars you could buy. It’s affordable, reliable and its petrol engine gets to 62mph in less than 8 seconds.

Best Features
  • Affordable car
  • Excellent value for money
  • Reliable model
  • Fuel economy: 40mpg (diesel option)
  • Insurance group: 28-30
  • Boot space: 660 litres
  • 0-62mph: 7.5 seconds

2. Mercedes-Benz AMG

Prices from £4,500 (used)

Reaching top speeds of up to 186mph, the AMG is the most powerful estate car in the Mercedes range. Its spacious 640 litres of boot space allows plenty of room for pets and luggage, but it’s not the wisest choice for those on a budget. Its fuel economy can be costly.

Best Features
  • Spacious boot size
  • Top speeds and powerful performance
  • Classic, stylish design
  • Fuel economy: 19.4mpg
  • Insurance group: 47-49
  • Boot space: 640 litres
  • 0-62mph: 3.8 seconds

3. BMW 3 Series Touring Estate

Prices from £19,790 (used)

The BMW 3 Series Touring Estate is one of the fastest cars for its price, hitting 62mph in 4.5 seconds. As well as speed, it offers well-equipped interiors, spacious back seats and generous boot capacity. For lower running costs, choose the 330e plug-in hybrid.

Best Features
  • Speedy and spacious
  • Generous boot size
  • 330e plug-in hybrid has low running costs
  • Fuel economy: 58.9mpg (diesel)
  • Insurance group: 25-39
  • Boot space: 500 litres
  • 0-62mph: 4.5 seconds

4. Ford Focus ST Estate

Prices from £7,845 (used)

If you’re looking for fuel efficiency, the Ford Focus ST Estate is a good family estate car that’s economical to run. While the acceleration and steering aren’t the most impressive on the market, it promises good handling, decent performance and generous boot size.

Best Features
  • Good handling and performance
  • Spacious boot size
  • Efficient to run
  • Fuel economy: 67.3mpg
  • Insurance group: 24-36
  • Boot space: 476 litres (1,502 litres with the rear seats folded)
  • 0-62mph: 8.3 seconds

5. Volkswagen Golf R Estate

Prices from £10,999 (used)

The Volkswagen Golf R Estate is an affordable and practical choice of a sporty family estate car. Its 605 litres of boot space provides ample storage for luggage, while the four-wheel-drive provides grip and traction on the road – ideal for families who enjoy off-roading.

Best Features
  • Practical four-wheel-drive
  • Generous boot size
  • Affordable to buy and run
  • Fuel economy: 38.7-39.2mpg
  • Insurance group: 7-39
  • Boot space: 605 litres (1,260 litres with the rear seats folded)
  • 0-62mph: 4.9 seconds

6. Audi RS 4

Prices from £16,995 (used)

If you’re looking for maximum performance and minimal fuss, the Audi RS 4 is a decent candidate. Reaching top speeds of 174mph, this eight-speed auto, all-wheel-drive features 19-inch wheels as standard and promises decent handling and performance on the road.

Best Features
  • Practical and comfortable
  • Super-fast speeds
  • Stylish design with 19-inch wheels as standard
  • Fuel economy: 28.5-29.1mpg
  • Insurance group: 42
  • Boot space: 505 litres
  • 0-62mph: 4.1 seconds

7. Seat Leon Cupra

Prices from £2,495 (used)

With its spacious boot, the Seat Leon Cupra is a smart, practical choice of a sporty estate car. The door openings are wide and there’s enough rear head and legroom for comfort on long journeys. Offering great grip and agility, it’s also affordable to run with a decent economy.

Best Features
  • Comfortable and spacious
  • Economical to run
  • Great grip and agility
  • Fuel economy: 32.9mpg-35.8mpg
  • Insurance group: 32-35
  • Boot space: 587 litres (1,470 litres with the rear bench lowered)
  • 0-62mph: 4.7 seconds

8. Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo

Prices from £72,995 (used)

Reaching 62mph in 3.5 seconds, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo is one of the best fast estate cars. It’s not the most practical choice thanks to limited interior space and modest boot size, but its stylish design and top speeds of 192mph are something to write home about.

Best Features
  • Stylish, sporty design
  • Top speeds and acceleration
  • Electric option available
  • Fuel economy: 22.2mpg
  • Insurance group: 50
  • Boot space: 520 (1,390 litres with the rear seats folded)
  • 0-62mph: 3.5 seconds

9. Mercedes-Benz C Class

Prices from £4,055 (used)

Comfortable and classy, the Mercedes-Benz C Class is one of the most refined sporty estate cars for families. Reaching 62mph in a little over 6 seconds, this composed estate car boasts a soft suspension, spacious cabin and well-equipped interiors.

Best Features
  • Spacious cabin
  • Well-equipped interiors
  • Comfortable drive
  • Fuel economy: 50.4-57.6mpg
  • Insurance group: 26-42
  • Boot space: 455 litres
  • 0-62mph: 6.3 seconds

10. Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

Prices from £9,280 (used)

Packed with sporty tech, the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer is a refined sporty estate car that’s great for families. Not only is it economical to run, it promises a strong performance on the road with great agility and a choice of turbo engines.

Best Features
  • Affordable running costs
  • Great performance
  • Ample technology
  • Fuel economy: 67.3mpg
  • Insurance group: 6-21
  • Boot space: 540 litres
  • 0-62mph: 8.4 seconds

Now that you know more about good family estate cars that are both sporty and practical for growing households, you’ll hopefully feel more confident about what to look out for when you buy your next sporty family car.

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