For years, estate cars had a reputation for being boxy, boring and dull to drive but their purpose has changed.
Modern estate cars blend their large boots with a bit more style.
They are lower to the ground, which means they are usually more agile and exciting to drive than taller sport utility vehicles (SUVs).
Why are estate cars called estates?
Name. Reflecting the original purpose of transporting people and luggage between country estates and train stations, the body style is called an “estate car” or “estate” in the United Kingdom, and “station wagon” in American, Canadian, New Zealand, Australian and African English.
What is an estate car in Europe?
An estate car is a car with a long body, a door at the rear, and space behind the back seats. [British]regional note: in AM, use station wagon.
Are estate cars good?
Here are the best estate cars on sale today. The Skoda Superb is a fantastic estate car that’s enormously practical, cheap to run and very well built. There’s room in both the front and back seats for tall adults to get comfortable and the 660-litre boot is bigger than almost any other estate car on sale.
What is the best used estate car?
Need loads of luggage space for a reasonable price? These are the used estate cars that best fit the bill
- Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer.
- Skoda Superb Estate.
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate.
- Honda Civic Tourer.
- BMW 5 Series Touring.
- Seat Leon ST.
- Volkswagen Passat Estate.
- Volkswagen Golf Estate.
What is the most reliable used estate car?
What Are The Best Used Estate Cars?
- Audi A4 Avant (2008-2015)
- Citroen C5 Tourer (2008-2016)
- Skoda Superb Estate (2008-2015)
- BMW 3 Series Touring (2012-)
- VW Passat Estate (2011-2014)
- Mondeo Estate (2014)
- Skoda Fabia Estate (2008-2014)
Why is an estate car called a shooting brake?
Historically, the term comes from the vehicle that shooting parties would use on hunts. The vehicle had to be practical to hold the rifles, marksmen and shooting game while out and about. It’s called a ‘brake’ because this described the carriage used to train and break in young horses.
How many seats does an estate car have?
In many seven-seat MPVs, the load area is only marginal with the third row of seats in place and you may need to remove two heavy, bulky rows of seats to match the total carrying capacity of an estate. Another big advantage an estate car has over a cumbersome SUV or MPV is the way it drives.
Why do British call sedans saloons?
Why does British English prefer saloon over sedan, is because it sounds like Satan just because the British had contributed to Puritanism? The term saloon had been used to refer to cars before we began to use the term sedan. It derives from the French word Salon (gathering) that refers to a gathering of people.
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