Small & medium finalist: KIA CEE’D SPORTSWAGON
Never mind the lower case ‘c’ and silly apostrophe in its name, everything else about the cee’d Sportswagon is top notch.
It combines well-designed practicality and excellent driving calibre in an attractive package.
This is the friendly face of medium size estate car motoring, with a cushioned ride and tidy cling-on handling that makes it a real pleasure to drive.
Unusually for an estate car of its size, it has fully independent suspension all round, and you notice the benefit in a better than typical ride quality.
Good equipment levels and lots of thoughtful stowage spaces enhance what is already the best estate car in its class.
Commended: Ford Focus Estate
Large finalist: MAZDA6 TOURER
Any estate car needs a good foundation underpinning it, and the Mazda6 Tourer certainly has that as the long-back brother of Mazda’s leading family member.
It has the same strong muscular look as the saloon, plus the cool style and added versatility of a commodious transporter.
The handling is taut and tidy, the driving experience is engaging, and the road behaviour is mannerly.
It also has the bonus of a great big boot and blissful freedom from the creaks and flexes that undermine inferior estate cars.
It looks good, is well priced, capacious and drives with panache.
Commended: Skoda Superb Estate
Premium finalist: JAGUAR XF SPORTBRAKE
This is where estate car motoring moves up a gear and into the premium class.
Jaguar’s XF Sportbrake is a load-carrier that doesn’t look like one.
With its sculpted lines and fastback styling, it exudes chic confidence and top-notch engineering competence.
What a good job Jaguar’s design team did in translating the XF body shape into sporty estate mode.
The car is packed with must-have technology and has a cabin that rates very highly on the satisfaction scale.
Best of all is the way the XF Sportbrake drives, with the same lithe animal confidence that makes the XF saloon so pleasing.
Commended: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
And the winner is…
KIA CEE’D SPORTSWAGON
|Prices||£16,895 to £24,795|
|Engines||1.4 (89bhp), 1.6 (126bhp)|
|Trim Levels||1, 2, 3, 4, 4 Tech|