The market speaks loudly, and there's no question as to what it's saying - SUVs and crossovers are the order of the month. But are they always right for you? Consider the downsides of an SUV - higher running costs than the equivalent hatchback, often ungainly looks, higher purchase price and the stigma of driving a Chelsea tractor.
Then consider an equivalent estate car. These long-roofed beauties offer all the practicality of their SUV cousins but with very few of the downsides. In fact, for almost everybody, an estate car is the better choice.
We've rounded up ten of the best on the market, from all sectors ranging from sub-£10k supermini-based wagons to the biggest and most luxurious models out there.
If you just want a massive estate car and aren't too fussy about the badge, Skoda has you covered. The Superb Estate is just about the most capacious car of its type on the market, and surprisingly is far from the poor man's choice. It benefits from a premium interior, range of efficient petrol and diesel engines and sharp-edged styling.
BMW 5 Series Touring
The 5 Series has long been one of the best sellers in the executive premium car market, and with good reason. The latest model moves the game on yet again, offering a fantastic ride, handling that hides the large size of the vehicle, and a brilliant interior packed full of technology.
Mercedes E-Class Estate
The Mercedes E-Class Estate is among the best on the market, thanks to strong badge appeal, high quality, good looks and no compromise on practicality. It comes in a ton of variants too, from efficient diesel engines to high-performance V8 beasts.
Hyundai i30 Tourer
If all you're looking for in an estate car is a big boot and a totally trouble-free ownership experience, the Hyundai i30 is a great choice. With a five-year warranty, brilliant reliability record and easy driving dynamics, it's brilliant if all you want from a car - is a car.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
The original Panamera was a frumpy mess, but the new one looks as classy as it should, given the price tag. The inside manages to feel cosy and spacious at the same time, while out on the motorway it's quiet and refined. Opt for the Turbo model, and it goes like a supercar, too.
Peugeot 308 SW
Older variants of the Peugeot 308 SW may not hold the best reputation for appeal and quality, but the French firm's push to head upmarket has resulted in a change of form for the model. It's handsome, well-built and genuinely attractive prospect — all while remaining practical.
If you're looking for an alternative to premium German brands, Volvo might have the answer. The V90 and its S90 saloon sister are good-looking and packed with tech in their oh-so-Scandinavian interiors. Seriously worthy of consideration.
Jaguar XF Sportbrake
There's just something inherently right about a Jaguar estate car. The XF Sportbrake is everything you could hope for from the iconic British brand - great to drive, fantastic to look at and as plush as a Piccadilly gentleman's club.
Audi A4 Avant
Audi's no stranger to building estate cars, which it badges as 'Avant' - and the latest A4 is the best yet. It's incredibly premium-feeling, good to drive and features a wide range of really efficient engines - plus the optional and legendary quattro four wheel drive system.
Dacia Logan MCV
The cheapest estate car on the market is surprisingly far from the worst. The Logan is based on the Sandero supermini and offers a cavernous load bay, inoffensive driving dynamics and rock-bottom costs from purchase to sale.