Estate Cars

TIME was when Volvos were big square load luggers. Whole families with dogs, cats and granny would pack themselves into these massive boxy...

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WHO said estate cars have to be boring?It's the last adjective I would apply to the Vauxhall Insignia GSi Sports Tourer that I am driving....

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IT'S old news that Volvo estates are no longer the territory of pipe-smoking, Labrador-owning middle-class accountants.But the idea that a...

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WITH the family car market currently dominated by SUVs and crossovers it would be easy to think that the estate has been consigned to...

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IN a motoring world now dominated by the demand for SUV models Audi's A4 allroad offers an impressive alternative.It's a nice halfway house...

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GENUINE bargains are few and far between in the world of new cars - with a sprinkling of notable exceptions.One of them is the Logan MCV, a...

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SPACE is a confusing place and it's not been helped by the Skoda Rapid Spaceback landing.The Rapid hatchback neatly filled a gap in the...

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THE Mazda6 has undergone a transformation this year.Announced in July, the new Mazda6 series is radically different and upgraded to the...

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VOLVO'S estate-making heritage goes back a long way and a succession of estate cars have had a reputation for toughness, reliability,...

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PUMPING up an estate car may not be the most original move - but it still offers a string of benefits.While sales of SUVs continue to go...

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IN a world well and truly conquered by crossovers of all shapes and sizes it's sometimes easy to forget the vehicles that were once the...

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THE last company car I ran was a 2.0-litre diesel Vauxhall Insignia hatchback and it provided reliable, comfortable transport for almost...

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IT might seem strange now but 40 or more years ago there weren't many ‘premium' estate cars.The accepted wisdom of the time was that...

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THE current tsunami of SUV and crossover vehicles tends to obscure the fact there are some excellent motors on the market that do not boast...

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WAY back in 1967, my first test car as a motoring journalist was a bright red Vauxhall Brabham Viva.In truth it was a sparkler of a car,...

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SOME years ago Subaru marketed an estate named Legacy which became a highly rated choice among those who loved the throaty Boxer engine of...

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THE Audi RS 4 has come of age and matured into a stunning model in its latest semi-estate or Avant versionRS4 production has been on and...

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DON'T be fooled by the rakish profile and muscular body creases of the SEAT Leon ST - this is really a practical estate car that can soak...

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MODEST blue badging, a telltale twin exhuast system and huge tyres are the clues to an estate car that performs somewhere between a hot...

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GIVEN the sheer numbers of them on our roads these days, at times it can seem as if the current craze for SUVs has totally consumed the...

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KIA has added another string to its hybrid bow with the arrival of the Optima PHEV Sportswagon.It is a sister to the saloon version...

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AT one time there was just a single word that left no one in any doubt - Estate.The workmanlike model was for families who needed...

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BOASTING sharp elegant styling, a raft of techno treats, all the storage space you could possibly wish for and a smooth yet punchy diesel...

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THERE is no doubt that Subaru has no intention of overcomplicating issues when it comes to the Levorg.No entry level, mid range or range...

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