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

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.


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.

Second place

Volkswagen Golf Estate Volkswagen Golf Estate 80.7 mpg

The Volkswagen Golf Estate combines excellent official fuel consumption with plenty of load lugging potential.


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

l-estate-cars-diesel-seat-ibiza-st-80x53.jpg SEAT Ibiza ST SE 1.0 EcoTSI 95PS 67.3 mpg

The SEAT Ibiza ST offers impressive economy, with reasonably good looks on the outside, but a somewhat bland interior.

Third place

l-estate-cars-diesel-ford-focus-estate-80x53.jpg Ford Focus Estate 1.0 EcoBoost 100 PS (Start-Stop) Style  58.9 mpg

The Ford Focus Estate has just a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, but it’s quiet, smooth, refined and lightweight.


Plug-in Hybrid Estate Cars

First 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?