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Most Economical Estate Cars

Our guide to the most economical and lowest emission estate cars on sale in the UK today. We list our top green diesel, petrol and hybrid estate cars as ranked by the GCG team after intensive road-testing and comparisons of the fuel economy and emission specifications. All reviews are independent and follow the same testing regime. We update these lists every quarter to ensure that the vehicles you see are the best-in-class throughout the year. Estate cars may be larger than average, but with modern technology manufacturers are producing more economical models very year with lower CO2 emissions and better fuel efficiency, so we are sure you will find here a car that suits your needs that is still environmentally-friendly.

 

Diesel Estate Cars

First place

Peugeot 308 SW Active 1.6 BlueHDI 120 S&S 88.3 mpg

The Peugeot 308 SW offers space, efficiency, and is even decent to drive. Just make sure you can see the controversially placed instrument binnacle, you have been warned!

Second place

vauxhall-astra-sports-tourer-80x50Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTi 110PS ecoFLEX 83.1 mpg

The Astra Sports Tourer is a good bet if you are on a budget and need maximum fuel efficiency.

 

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Ford Focus Estate Style ECOnetic 1.5 TDCi 105PS (s/s) 83.1 mpg

The Focus Estate combines the rare qualities of being very efficient and fun to drive. As long as you can live with the smallish boot, it’s a great buy.

 

Petrol and Hybrid Estate Cars

First place

l-estate-cars-petrol-toyota-auris-touring-sports-80x53.jpg Toyota Auris Touring Sports  80.7 mpg

The Toyota Auris Touring Sports looks good, is very economical if you drive carefully, and even has a decent boot capacity.

Second place

Peugeot 308 SW Access 1.2 PureTech 110 S&S 67.3 mpg

The Peugeot 308 SW is an impressive all rounder. Picking between diesel and petrol variants will largely come down to annual mileage and load lugging requirements. Unless you plan to do a lot of either, the 1.2 petrol unit makes more sense than the extremely efficient but more expensive diesel.

Third place

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Design 1.0 (105 PS) Turbo S/S ecoFLEX 62.8 mpg

Keenly priced with a sensible boot and the option of 4G connectivity, the Astra Sports Tourer does have merit. Unfortunately it still doesn’t offer anything for keen drivers.

Plug-in Hybrid Estate Cars

First place

KIA Optima Sportswagen PHEV 201.8 mpg

The KIA Sportswagen is a good option if you often cover less than 30 miles between plugin opportunities, need an estate car, and want the option to cover longer journeys with the convenience of petrol. It isn’t the most engaging car to drive but if driving dynamics aren’t top of your list it is worth a look.

Second place

volkswagen-passat-gte-estate Volkswagen Passat Estate GTE 156.9 mpg

Volkswagen’s big estate combines a good electric range of up to 31 miles with a fuel efficient turbo petrol engine that delivers excellent fuel consumption in hybrid mode.

Third place

l-estate-cars-plug-in-hybrid-volvo-v60-plug-in-hybrid-80x53.jpg Volvo V60 D5 Twin Engine SE Nav  155.2 mpg

The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid offers a ridiculously high fuel economy figure, incredibly low emissions, all-wheel drive, and a 2.4-litre, 5-cylinder diesel engine. What’s not to like?

Fourth place

Mercedes-Benz C 350 e Sport Estate Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate 350e  134.5 mpg

The C-Class Estate is a class act, but the batteries do eat into the boot space and the electric range is limited so it isn’t perfect.