Why buy a fast estate car?
Estate cars are similar to saloons and hatchbacks but with an extended and more spacious rear end.
There is something cool about an estate car that can gather speed like a sports car, and in some cases, leave the sports car driver for dust.
We have therefore compiled a list of our favourite practical rocket ships to show that stereotypes are merely just that.
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- Porsche Panamera Turbo 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
- MINI Clubman JCW
- BMW 5 Series M550i xDrive
- Volvo V60 Polestar
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class combines elegance, refinement, class, practicality, and excellent performance all in one vehicle.
This iconic model offers a spacious and versatile interior, with a luxurious finish that can be felt by the touch. The body style is suitable to various lifestyles but makes a statement as an executive car.
You can choose from two engines (petrol and diesel) but if you are in the market for an electric car, you can find plug-in-hybrids E-Class models.
With 0 to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds, fast is almost an understatement when talking about the Mercedes-AMG E63 S.
This range-topping E-Class comes with a supercar-smashing 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 producing an unbelievable 604bhp. That means this practical estate has more power than a McLaren 600LT.
What's more, this Autobahn stormer can put all of its immense power down with serious ease thanks to Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive. Or maybe you're a keen driver, and a tad crazy, then you can send all the 600 odd ponies to the rear wheels.
And as it's an estate, you get 640 litres of boot space, which increases to a class-leading 1,820 litres with the rear seats folded.
Porsche Panamera Turbo 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
The Porsche Panamera Turbo 4S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is essentially an estate version of the Porsche Panamera Turbo, in the fastest specification possible.
With 552bhp, this is one incredibly quick estate car, taking just 3.7 seconds to reach 62mph from standstill, when equipped with the Sport Chrono Package. All-wheel drive ensures the power is utilised perfectly too and can reach a top speed of 182mph, where it is legal to do so of course, like a German Autobahn for example.
With 425 litres, boot space is very good and this increases to 1,390 litres with the rear seats folded. This means you get 20 litres more than the standard Panamera.
Finally, being a Porsche means it is a joy to drive, and material choice is excellent. It could be argued that it's also one of the unique looking estate cars too.
MINI Clubman JCW
The MINI Clubman John Cooper Works is the fastest accelerating MINI available, hitting 62mph from a standstill in just 4.9 seconds.
This is thanks to a 302bhp engine, also found in the BMW 1 Series M135i, which is also complemented with four-wheel drive, again mirroring the BMW M135i xDrive.
The boot offers 360 litres of space which can be increased to 1,250 litres with the rear seats folded. With 6-doors, the Clubman is not just the fastest accelerating MINI, but also the most unique looking estate in our list. It is a car for those who like to stand out, but also don't like to hang about.
BMW 5 Series M550i xDrive
Unlike a traditional BMW, the 550i xDrive comes with all-wheel drive (xDrive) meaning power can be distributed effectively, in any weather.
That makes it more than welcome in this league of fast estate cars. It's also wonderfully practical too with 530 litres of boot space, which increases to an impressive 1700 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
Volvo V60 Polestar
We conclude in the only way possible, as you simply cannot write an article on estate cars without mentioning Volvo.
This is perhaps where the stereotype came from, as old Volvo estates were extremely boxy, and quite slow. But recently, Volvo decided to push their Polestar sub brand, and give a V60 estate some serious power. 345bhp to be precise, good enough for the 62mph sprint in just 4.8 seconds. 500Nm of torque.
Boot space is good - it is a Volvo after all - and offers 529 litres, or 1,441 litres with the rear seats folded, proving Volvo still know a thing or two about estates.
Find your perfect used fast estate car
As you can see, the estate car does not have to be boring, and manufacturers are still ensuring their estates offer plenty of practicality, along with performance to give coupés and supercars a run for their money.
In a world where SUVs are highly regarded, it is always good to be reminded of the brilliantly capable fast estate car.
At Stratstone you can find a wide range of used estate cars that will be of your taste and needs. If you are looking for more advice on which cars to buy or how to maintain your vehicle properly, we recommend you to have a browse at our blog where you will be able to find up-to-date articles and guides.