My Volkswagen Golf R estate has excellent performance and practicality and a reasonably comfortable ride. What are my other options? PM, Newquay
New Car Advice says: The Ford Focus ST estate isn’t as powerful, has a smaller boot and lacks the Golf’s four-wheel drive, but it’s still great fun to drive, just about still comfortable and is a few thousand pounds cheaper to buy than the Golf R. Or try the BMW 340i Touring. Again the boot is smaller, but you get a bit more power and a great soundtrack from the 3.0-litre straight-six engine, and provided you add the adaptive suspension the ride is OK too. You’ll need to add several thousand pounds to your budget, however – prices for the BMW start at £42,000.