In car rental, estate cars are medium to large sized and have an extended hatchback boot. They’re good for four to five people. Estate cars are especially useful if you have a lot of luggage with you or have something large to transport.
Rental companies change their fleet frequently, and they often don’t know precisely which cars will be available because some cars will need cleaning, servicing, repairing and replacing. This is why every rental car has ‘or similar’ next to the make and model you’re looking at. If you choose to rent an estate car, the ‘or similar’ options will be other estate cars.
Helping you compare: estate cars
Here are some examples of estate cars. They have slightly different specifications and look different on the surface, but they all have similarly sized engines, dimensions and luggage and passenger space. So any one of these – as well as other estate cars not shown – could be provided when you book any car in the estate group.
Because these cars can have different equipment levels, engine sizes, dimensions, passenger space and luggage space, they’re often placed into smaller subcategories such as a ‘Compact Estate’, ‘Full Size Estate’ or ‘Luxury Estate’. If what you’ve booked isn’t available, the company will try to supply an alternative from the same subcategory to fulfil your booking.
Some car rental companies have started placing MPVs and larger crossover cars into the ‘Estate’ category, so you may alternatively receive cars such as these: