Best used estate cars 2013

Best used estate car less than £6000

Ford Focus estate
Ford Focus Estate 1.6 Zetec Climate ('07/07)
Dealer price £5100
Private price £4500
Official fuel economy 42.8mpg
CO2 emissions 149g/km
Annual road tax £140
Insurance group 10
Euro NCAP rating Pre-2009 test gave five stars for adults, four for children
The Ford Focus Estate is a great solution if you need space on a budget. While rivals such as the Vauxhall Astra Estate may match the Focus on price, the Ford's broader skill set makes it the better choice. 
Its roomy boot is usefully square with very little intrusion from the car's wheel arches, and, like the Focus hatchback, it's genuinely enjoyable to drive. The higher-powered 113bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine offers the best value on the used market, and Zetec trim gives you all you need and more, namely alloy wheels, a CD player, air-con and curtain airbags. 

Best used estate car more than £6000 – and category winner

Mazda 6 estate
Mazda 6 Estate 2.2D 163 TS2 ('10/10)
Dealer price £11,500
Private price £10,800
Official fuel economy 52.3mpg
CO2 emissions 149g/km
Annual road tax £140
Insurance group 26
Euro NCAP rating Five stars, with 77% for adults and 81% for children
The best estate cars not only offer an impressive boot and a spacious cabin, but are affordable to buy and run, too – and the Mazda 6 does all this, and more. Its 519-litre boot has a wide opening and a useful square shape so you can make the most of the available space, though should you need more the rear seats can be folded down using levers on both side of the boot. The huge cabin allows a family of four to sit comfortably on long journeys. 
Mazda introduced this 2.2-litre diesel engine in 2010, and it's great. It develops 160bhp and 266lb ft of pulling power, which is perfect for when all that boot and cabin space has been filled. Best of all, it'll do 52.3mpg. 
Choose TS2 trim and there's plenty of equipment, including cruise control, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, Bluetooth and a CD multi-changer as standard. 
The Mazda's fantastic reliability record was the decider for the judges. Of all the 6s in What Car?'s 2013 reliability survey, only 11% failed, the most common problems concerning the engine. Thankfully, the repair bills are pretty reasonable, averaging around £330. 


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