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What is an ‘estate' car in car rental?

What is an ‘estate' car in car rental?

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.

four rental cars
Top row, left to right: Ford Focus Estate, Volkswagen Passat Estate 
Bottom row, left to right: BMW 5 Series Estate, Volvo V70 Estate
picture of four cars
Top row, left to right: Audi A4 Estate, Seat Leon ST 
Bottom row, left to right: Kia ceed Estate Sportswagon, Skoda Octavia Estate

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:

picture of four estate cars
Top row, left to right: Toyota RAV4, Ford Galaxy
Bottom row, left to right: Citroen C4 Picasso, Vauxhall Zafira

To find out more about rental car categories, see:
What is a 'compact' car in car rental?
What is an 'economy' car in car rental?
What is an 'intermediate' car in car rental?
What is a 'mini' car in car rental?
What is a 'people carrier' in car rental?
What is a 'standard' car in car rental?
What is an 'SUV' in car rental?

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