The Fast and The Feasible: Top 5 Estate Cars

by admin on November 25, 2014

fastest-estate-carsOffering both practicality and good performance, the appeal of the fast estate car is not to be underestimated, with many manufacturers now jumping on the bandwagon and claiming to offer exactly that. But which fast estates are the absolute best? In no particular order, we’re going make it slightly easier for you by highlighting the top five fast estates that money can buy:

Audi RS6 Avant

If you’re looking for a car that really packs a punch, consider the The 4-litre V8 Audi RS6 Avant. It’s tailor-made for performance, being the only car on our list that hasn’t been stretched out from a saloon version. The bi-turbo 553bhp powertrain allows for impressive speed, while the boot is more than enough for those with cargo on-board. With the Quattro four-wheel drive system, this car has excellent handling and is a pure joy to drive; you’ll almost forget you’re in an estate. The Audi one of the more expensive on this list, but worth every penny.

Cost: £77,005
Our Rating: 4.5 stars
Engine specs: 4-litre twin-turbo V8, with 553bhp
0-62mph: 3.9 seconds
Boot Space: 565 litres
Length: 4,979mm

Vauxhall Insignia VXR Supersport Sports Tourer (2.8)

From the pricey to the more affordable, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR delivers great looks and incredible performance and four-wheel drive for a very reasonable price tag at just over £30,000. It has all the versatility and reliability of an estate, but with can achieve speeds of 0-62mph in just 6.3 seconds. The only quibble we have about this one is that although it’s affordable, the costs do mount up in terms of fuel consumption and tax.

Cost: £31,124
Our Rating: 4 stars
Engine specs: 2.8-litre turbo-charged V6 petrol, 325bhp
0-62mph: 6.3 seconds
Boot Space: 540 litres
Length: 4,830mm

Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake

If you’re looking for British high performance, power and clever air suspension, the Jaguar is your best bet. Being the most expensive on our list, it’s a strong competitor for the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake. Its distinctive looks and versatile features makes this one of the top contenders, although the drive is a bit lacking compared to its German rivals.

Cost: £82,305
Our Rating: 4 stars
Engine specs: 5-litre supercharged V8, 550bhp
0-62mph: 4.8 seconds
Boot Space: 550 litres
Length: 4,966mm

Skoda Octavia vRS

The Skoda may be lacking in the looks department, but for families who want to get a taste of the performance estate car, it’s a good choice that offers a comfortable ride that isn’t too harsh on your bank balance. The turbo-charged 2-litre petrol engine also gives this car a nice sporty feel.

Cost: £24,560
Our Rating: 4.5 stars
Engine specs: 2-litre turbocharged petrol, 220bhp
0-62mph: 6.9 seconds
Boot Space: 610 litres
Length: 4,685mm

Mercedes C63 AMG 507 Edition

Famous for being the official Formula 1 medical car, last on our list is the Mercedes C63 AMG Estate. Coming in at around £10,000 on top of the standard version, it’s got a higher top speed but 50 extra horsepower. A great overall package, we’re looking at fantastic handling and plenty of space for the family. It is a bit on the pricey side, with high running costs making it not the most wallet-friendly of offerings. However, this is quite an exclusive, sexy car that’ll provide you with a great drive and lots of power.

Cost: £68,495
Our Rating: 4.5 stars
Engine specs: 6.2-litre V8, 507bhp
0-62mph: 4.6 seconds
Boot Space: 485 litres
Length: 4,606mm

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