Best Used Station Wagons 2022

Best Used Station Wagons 2022

Estate cars offer everything you need in terms of functionality, and there are also plenty of models that offer you so much more than that. Luckily, if you’re willing to buy used, you can find these cars for a bargain price, meaning you can get a great family car for much less than it would have cost new. But which models are the best? That’s where this list comes in handy.

We’ve listed some of our favorite used station wagon picks below. Each of these cars, by definition, has a large hatchback-style trunk that opens wide, and a large, flat cargo area. This means they are great for carrying lots of yard waste, dogs, groceries or holiday gear. The rear seats can also be folded down, providing even greater space for the occasional Christmas tree or surfboard.

SUVs are all the rage, and their hatchback boots are popular with customers — but what station wagons can bring is a nice low loading lip so they’re easier to load. They also often drive better than a comparable SUV – thanks to a lower center of gravity – more economical and cheaper. What more can you ask for?

Our used estate cars are also selected on other criteria – they must be good value for money, affordable to use and feel as fresh as a showroom model, even after a few years of use. Read on to find out which models we chose…

The best used station wagons to buy

  1. Skoda Octavia
  2. Volkswagen Passat
  3. Citroen C5
  4. Skoda Superb
  5. Opel Insignia
  6. BMW 3 Series
  7. Mazda 6
  8. Peugeot 308

1. Skoda Octavia (Mk3)

  • Our pick: 1.0 TSI SE tech (2018/18, 45k miles, £13,495)

If you’re looking to build value, look no further than the Octavia Estate. With its mix of family-friendly versatility, strikingly attractive prices and an enviable reputation for reliability, this spacious Skoda is one of the safest places for your used car money.

For most station wagon buyers, of course, carrying capacity is king, and the Czech machine does not disappoint. Open the large tailgate and you’ll discover a class-leading 610 liters of space, while lowering the rear seats using the convenient levers reveals a cavernous 1,740 litres. In fact, the Skoda’s trunk is packed with thoughtful details, such as hidden storage and load dividers to keep objects from moving.

Passengers are equally well looked after, with those in the back getting the kind of head and legroom normally reserved for much larger machines. And like all Octavia models, the estate is packed with standard equipment, with SE models having all the gadgets and gizmos you need. If you can stretch your money, it’s worth looking for a post-2017 facelift car, which gets much more advanced infotainment with a larger screen and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Still, the Octavia isn’t all work and no play. Quick steering, sharp handling and a controlled ride mean it’s satisfying to drive, and there’s a wide range of punchy, refined and fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines. There’s even a hot VRS model or, if you feel like going off the beaten track, a rugged Scout version with increased ride height and four-wheel drive.

However, the really good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot to buy one of the best estate cars in the business. You can buy a neat but well used early example for just £5,000. Spend around £14,000 and you’ll have a choice of low-mileage facelifted ones, powered by the enthusiastic 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine and in the desired SE Technology spec.

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Few cars offer so much space for such low monthly payments. This Skoda Octavia Estate represents great value on just £254 a month with a £3,000 deposit on a four year hire purchase contract.

This financial deal means you own the car at maturity for a total of £15,184. That’s a few pounds less than the cash price of even the most basic new Skoda Fabia.

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2. Volkswagen Passat (Mk7)

Handsome, easy to drive and with a large 650 liter boot (1,780 liters with the rear seats folded), the Passat is ideal for buyers looking for a rack with a touch of premium appeal – it’s comfortable, composed and beautifully built. The range includes the plug-in hybrid GTE, which combines strong performance with an electric range of approximately 50 kilometers.

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3. Citroen C5 (Mk2)

Citroën’s rich history of spacious estate cars ended when the C5 was released in 2018. Our left field pick, however, is that a stylish car is a great used buy, with robust quality and prices from just £1,000. Flagship models get a self-levelling hydropneumatic suspension, which keeps the car on an even keel, regardless of load.

View the latest used Citroën C5 prices on our sister site BuyaCar…

4. Skoda Superb (Mk3)

If you want to be the best in the space race, you have to take a big leap towards the Skoda Superb Estate. With its cavernous trunk and large interior packed with family-friendly features, the big Skoda offers more carrying capacity for your money than almost any other second-hand purchase.

Whatever your budget, you get the same large and well-shaped boot, which at 660 liters is 20 liters more than in a Mercedes E-Class. Handy levers in the cargo area allow you to quickly fold the rear seats down to a van-like 1,950 liter capacity. Passengers are equally well looked after, with rear passengers getting limousine-like levels of head and legroom.

The driver isn’t left out, thanks to the MQB chassis that delivers precise and agile handling, plus a cushioned ride and low noise levels that relieve stress on long journeys. And while diesel power isn’t as fashionable these days, the muscular and refined 148hp TDI is perfectly suited to the car’s versatile nature, delivering an easy 50mpg, being reliable and durable.

Taking into account a long list of standard equipment, including an intuitive touchscreen infotainment system with USB, Bluetooth and smartphone mirroring, the appeal of the big Skoda estate is easy to see. When it comes to used cars, rarely has a model earned its name as much as the Superb.

Check out the latest used Skoda Superb prices on our sister site BuyaCar…

5. Opel Insignia Sports Tourer (Mk2)

It’s not as roomy as the Skoda Superb, but the handsome Insignia will easily meet the needs of most growing families. It’s exciting to drive, efficient and packed with standard equipment. Due to the high depreciation when new, the model is a second-hand bargain, while both petrol and diesels are economical.

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6. BMW 3 Series Touring (Mk7)

If you want a family car that is practical but also great to drive, the BMW 3 Series Touring is an excellent choice. With a boot capacity of 495 litres, expandable to 1,500 litres, it’s far from the most spacious car here – but it’s by far the best to drive.

The 3 Series has a range of punchy yet fuel-efficient engines – the 320d being the best – and a fantastic chassis that is enjoyable yet comfortable, even on bumpy country roads. Every generation of the 3 Series Touring is fantastic, buy one that is five years old for a value estate that fits the whole family, but is also fun to drive.

You might even consider the great 335i model, which has a six-cylinder engine that is ultra-smooth and very fast, but not very fuel-efficient. It will hold its value better than a four-cylinder model.

Check out the latest used BMW 3 Series prices on our sister site BuyaCar…

7. Mazda 6 Tourer (Mk3)

The Mazda 6 Tourer is another slightly left-wing choice, but will really suit those who appreciate quality engineering. The 522 liter boot is small in the context of this list, but still big enough for most people’s needs, but what really stands out is the Mazda’s high-quality interior and sharp exterior styling.

It’s a fantastic station wagon that hasn’t aged so used models still look fresh. It’s also incredibly well built, so it should still feel fresh inside too. The 2.2-litre diesel engine is the one to go for (as long as you’re not just going on short trips), along with the wonderfully shifting manual gearbox.

The Mazda 6 is a driver’s car at heart, with responsive and satisfying controls and a great chassis – but it’s also comfortable and refined, so make a great car for everyday use.

Check out the latest used Mazda 6 prices on our sister site BuyaCar…

8. Peugeot 308 SW (Mk2)

The Peugeot 308 SW is a station wagon in the same vein as the Skoda Octavia – it is a relatively small car, but there is a huge amount of space inside. This means it’s easy to park and can fit through narrow streets, yet has plenty of room for anything and everything you could possibly need. There’s 660 liters of luggage space here, the same as in the Superb, which comes out to 1,775 liters with the seats folded down.

The Peugeot is a good used buy as it depreciated quite quickly, so even neat ones are really affordable. It’s a great way to get into a very roomy and well-equipped car for less than some of the other options on this list.

Okay, the riding position (with the dials over a small handlebar) won’t suit everyone, but you can get used to it – and for some it’s no problem at all.

View the latest used Peugeot 308 prices on our sister site BuyaCar…

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