Sales of estate cars have declined slightly in recent years, largely due to the growing popularity of SUVs and compact crossovers. However, estate cars still offer incredible practicality and drivability and as more manufacturers are offering hybrid power we thought it was time to take a look at some of the best hybrid estate cars.
Why choose an estate?
With spacious cabins and sizeable boot capacities, estate cars are ideal for families and can compete with many SUVs when it comes to space. But they also make a fantastic option for dog owners as the low boot height of estate cars puts less strain on your dog’s limbs than high-riding SUVs when they jump in and out.
However, the area in which SUVs really can’t compete with estates is behind the wheel. Situated lower to the ground than SUVs, estates tend to be more agile through corners with higher levels of grip, and limited body lean. Plus by combining both a conventional engine with an electric motor you get extra performance right when you need it, with hybrids often offering the fastest models within a range.
So what is a hybrid?
A hybrid combines a conventional engine with an electric motor and battery. With standard hybrid models, the battery charges while on the move. Whereas Plug-in hybrid models usually have a larger battery which can be plugged in and charged.
So why choose a hybrid?
Hybrids offer greater fuel efficiency enabling you to drive further using less fuel and can manage short distances at low speeds solely on electric power.
Hybrids cars also emit lower carbon emissions than conventional models, so you can feel like you’re doing your bit for the environment without compromising on your drive. Plus lower emissions bring additional benefits to business owners, who can reap the benefits of lower compact car tax rates.
Volvo V60 Recharge
135mpg officially with CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and a real-world electric range of around 25-miles.
Volvo has a reputation for producing practical and safe family-friendly estate cars, so it won’t come as a surprise to find not one, but two within our rundown of the best hybrid estate cars.
First up is the smaller yet incredibly versatile Volvo V60 Recharge plug-in hybrid model. With the sports-car-like performance, the V60 allows you to enjoy a fun and more responsive ride-quality.
The two-litre 299bhp petrol engine comes with both a turbocharger and supercharger to boost capacity alongside an electric motor which adds a further 86bhp. This makes possible 0-62mph in under five seconds to deliver more pulse-racing performance than the average estate car. However, the V60 Recharge model is also capable of almost silent emission-free driving at steadier paces.
Boot space is not compromised by housing the hybrid workings, so the practical 529-litres offers room for plenty of luggage or your furry friends. Meanwhile, inside the cabin you benefit from Volvo’s pared-back luxury approach to design.
Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Estate
The 1.8-litre engine has WLTP CO2 emissions of 112 to 116 g/km with fuel economy ranging from 55.3 to 57.6 mpg
The 2.0-litre engine has WLTP CO2 emissions of 120 to 127 g/km with fuel economy between 50.4 to 53.2 mpg
As Toyota is one of the forerunners in hybrid technology, you can be confident that with the Corolla Touring Sports Estate, you are getting a system that has already proved its worth.
The bestselling Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Estate is available with two hybrid powertrains. The 1.8-litre engine version is combined with the same hybrid setup on the Prius. However, a more powerful two-litre engine is also available. This more powerful engine provides an extra boost to performance without having an impact on efficiency. But whichever you choose, the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Estate is one of the most affordable hybrids on the market.
The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports Estate car has a usable 598-litre boot making it a highly practical choice. Plus with extensive kit available and sharp styling you don’t have to compromise on any aspect of your journey to benefit from more efficient motoring.
Kia Ceed Sportswagon Estate
Up to 37 miles of electric driving with a claimed fuel consumption of 188mpg
With the Kia Ceed Sportswagon, you benefit from the same powertrain as the Kia Niro and Hyundai Ioniq and as a result, get reliable and impressive hybrid power that will keep you going.
The batteries eat into the boot space a little, reducing the usable space to just 427-litres, making it one of the smaller offerings in our list. However, what it lacks in boot capacity it more than makes up for in affordable running costs, making it a fantastic option for company car drivers.
As to be expected from Kia, the Ceed Sportswagon Estate comes well-equipped for the price and thanks to their incredible seven-year warranty Kia has built an enviable reputation for reliability.
Volvo V90 Recharge
Up to 36 miles pure electric range, with 104.6-134.5mpg and just 61-48g CO2 emissions g/km
The second Volvo on the list is the more expansive Volvo V90 Recharge model, which is ideal if the V60 leaves you needing a little more space. It delivers similar stylish, sophisticated looks as the V60 but in a larger more executive package.
Despite being bigger, the V90 Recharge model is still as quick as the V60 thanks to a combined 385bhp and offers a similar real-world electric range.
The larger 560-lite boot gives you additional room to pack in more luggage or will give your pooch extra space to stretch out. Meanwhile, the luxurious interior makes it the ideal place to spend longer journeys with seats renowned for their comfort.
What’s more, the Volvo V90 remains one of only a few large executive estate cars currently available with a hybrid engine.
Peugeot 508SW Hybrid
Fuel efficiency of up to 217mpg, CO2 emissions as low as 29g/km and capable of more than 30 miles of fully-electric driving
Peugeot has been stepping up its electrification strategy with some of its most popular models receiving the electric/hybrid treatment to add new appeal. So it will come as no surprise the 508SW Hybrid features in our rundown of the best hybrid estates.
The striking silhouette of the 508SW Hybrid is sure to get you noticed for all the right reasons. Likewise, the interior upgrade means you can benefit from Peugeot’s unique i-Cockpit design for a unique take on the estate driving experience.
As well as a 530-litre boot capacity the Peugeot 508SW Hybrid benefits from a flat boot floor ensuring loading is even easier. Plus thanks to a fantastic range of equipment it offers boosted on-board convenience and enhanced connectivity.
Ford Mondeo Estate Hybrid
Capable of 52.3mpg on average with CO2 emissions ranging from 98-103g/km
Ford has a reputation for affordable and reliable cars, so you can trust that the Mondeo Estate Hybrid won’t let you down. Plus with a low premium to pay to access the hybrid model over the conventional fuel model, it puts electric motoring in reach of the masses.
A two-litre engine is boosted by an electric motor fed by a 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery, which delivers almost imperceptible switches between petrol and electric power.
When it comes to practicality the Ford Mondeo Estate Hybrid has a 403-litre boot capacity which while the smallest in our list, still offers decent load space.
For those looking for something with a little more luxurious, the Ford Mondeo Vignale Estate Hybrid, allows you to access a higher specification model as well as benefitting from all the luxury treatment Vignale brings like VIP waiting rooms and a dedicated relationship manager.
We hope this list of the best hybrid estate cars will give you some food for thought when choosing your next vehicle. Don’t forget you can get in touch with your local Stoneacre showroom if you have any questions about the featured models