Top 100 Cars 2016: Top 5 Mid-size Estates

Mid-size estates for mid-size families

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1 BMW 3-series Touring

BMW 3-series Touring:Winner of The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016 - Mid-size Estates

For many, the BMW 3-series is the ultimate drive: space, luxury, performance — it’s all the car you’ll ever need.  The entire 3-series has been updated with more efficient engines and  reworked interiors;  sat nav is standard across the range too.

The estate version is most practical — and it still looks  sleek. Fitted with four-wheel drive (or, in BMW-speak, xDrive), it handles with razor-sharp precision and should keep you motoring whenever winter weather arrives for real.

  • Price: £26,405 – £41,665
  • Our pick: BMW 320d xDrive Luxury, £33,970
  • Engine: 1995cc, 4 cylinders
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph: 7.5sec
  • Top speed: 145mph
  • Fuel | CO2: 59mpg | 126g/km

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2 Mercedes C-class Estate

Mercedes C-class estate: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016 - Top 5 Mid-size Estates

It’s arguably the most stylish estate on UK  roads —  plus one of the most comfortable —   and has a well-built cabin. The driving experience can be described in one word: smooth, whether you’re talking about the engine — petrol or diesel — ride or gearchanges.

You do pay for some of the swoopy style in boot space, but there’s  room for a holiday’s worth of suitcases. The boot is powered on every model in the range.

  • Price: £28,865 – £68,010
  • Our pick: Mercedes C220d auto SE, £32,875
  • Engine: 2143cc, 4 cylinders
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph: 7.4sec
  • Top speed: 145mph
  • Fuel | CO2: 66mpg | 109g/km

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3 Skoda Octavia Estate

Skoda Octavia estate: : The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016 - Top 5 Mid-size Estates

The  Octavia is one of the best family cars you can buy at any money. It’s got a spacious cabin and a  cavernous boot and it rides beautifully without getting all wallowing in the corners.

Under the bonnet are some of the most efficient engines around, for both petrol and diesel buyers, and  the automatic and  manual gearboxes are excellent.   You’ll notice that this write-up is straightforward, to the point and without frills. Much like the Skoda Octavia, in fact.

  • Price: £17,485 – £29,115
  • Our pick: Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi 150 SE, £22,985
  • Engine: 1968cc, 4 cylinders
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph: 8.5sec
  • Top speed: 135mph
  • Fuel | CO2: 71mpg | 106g/km

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4 Ford Focus Estate

Ford Focus estate: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016 - Top 5 Mid-size Estates

Whether it’s fitted with a tiny  1-litre engine or the growling 247bhp 2-litre block in the ST hot hatch, the Focus is great fun to drive – which helps to disguise the fact that the car is now six  years old and slowly being overtaken by rivals with superior comfort, better technology and more space.

The last of these attributes is why the Focus is best as an estate — buyers could find the hatchback’s boot a bit small. A midlife facelift has improved the cabin,  keeping the Ford in contention.

  • Price: £17,095 – 27,395
  • Our pick: Titanium 1.0T Ecoboost 125PS, £21,695
  • Engine: 999cc, 3-cylinders
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph: 11.2sec
  • Top speed: 120mph
  • Fuel | CO2: 58.9mpg | 110g/km

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5 Honda Civic Tourer

Honda Civic Tourer: : The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016 - Top 5 Mid-size Estates

It may look as if it has been half eroded, but the Civic is a solid buy for drivers who value  build quality, comfort and a warehouse-size boot  — at 1,668 litres, the Civic’s one is 168 litres bigger than the BMW’s.

The quirky two-level dashboard still seems to put form before function, but in all other respects this is an utterly practical car, which, when fitted with a diesel engine is so frugal that it has a theoretical range of  817 miles from its 50-litre fuel tank, and is exempt from road tax.

  • Price: £18,650-£26,370
  • Our pick: SE Plus Navi 1.6 i-DTEC, £22,180
  • Engine: 1597cc, 4-cylinders
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph: 10.3sec
  • Top speed: 121mph
  • Fuel | CO2: 74mpg | 99g/km

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Top 100 Cars 2016 contents
  1. Top 5 Sports Cars
  2. Top 5 Large 4x4s & SUVs
  3. Top 5 Luxury & Prestige Cars
  4. Top 5 Electric & Hybrid Cars
  5. Top 5 City Cars
  6. Top 5 Superminis
  7. Top 5 Hot Hatches
  8. Top 5 Two-seat Roadsters
  9. Top 5 Warm Hatches
  10. Top 5 Supercars
  11. Top 5 Family Convertibles
  12. Top 5 Coupés
  13. Top 5 Compact Crossovers
  14. Top 5 Large Crossovers
  15. Top 5 Five-seat MPVs
  16. Top 5 Seven-seat MPVs
  17. Top 5 Mid-size Estate Cars
  18. Top 5 Large Estate Cars
  19. Top 5 Mid-size Family Cars
  20. Top 5 Large Family Cars


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