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5 spacious family estates to suit every budget

You fit the kids, the bags, the dog and the kitchen sink into these roomy models.

THE CRAZE FOR crossovers and SUVs isn’t going away anytime soon, but Ireland still has something of a love affair with the classic estate.

For those who need a very spacious car to carry multiple passengers, lots of luggage, dogs, golf clubs and the kitchen sink, estates are often a smart alternative to tall crossovers or SUVs.

Here are five available to buy on DoneDeal right now, at a range of prices…

Under €61k

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, €60,950

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The swanky Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate has a nifty trick around the back. Within the luggage area is a backwards-facing rear seat.

This seat can be folded open to fit two small children (up to 1.15 metres tall), but the seat then folds away into the floor when not in use. This move essentially turns the car into a seven-seat estate.

Under €54k

2018 Audi A6 Avant, €53,950

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The A6 Avant (Audi-speak for estate) is a very good-looking car. This Audi A6 is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine, with a 565-litre boot that expands to 1,680 litres with the rear seats tumbled. That’s a lot of space for one car.

Under €40k

2018 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, €38,411

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The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is a spacious, fine-driving compact people carrier. The 40/20/40 split rear seats slide and fold to expand the 468-litre boot to 1,510 litres.

Speaking of the boot, its smart shape makes it easy to load items in and out. It also has a very handy automatic opening tailgate.

Under €32k

2018 Kia Optima Sportswagon, €31,200

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The Kia Optima Sportswagon is an impressive medium-size family estate that does everything well, has plenty of space and comes with lots of equipment. It has a massive boot holding 552 litres of luggage – and expanding to 1,686 litres with the rear seats folded.

Under €18k

2018 Dacia Logan MCV Stepway, €17,565

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The Dacia Logan MCV (Maximum Capacity Vehicle) Stepway is a cheap, practical and sensible family wagon. It has a spacious cabin and a large boot that can hold 573 litres of luggage with the rear seats in place and a massive 1,518 litres with the rear seats down.

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Melanie May  / https://www.melaniemay.com

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