If you want a practical car for a big family or an all-round load-lugger with performance and driving dynamics, you’re not limited to SUVs and people carriers.

Mostly German, there’s a whole convoy of blisteringly fast estate cars on the market from less than £30,000, right up to £120,000.

We’ve sifted through the brochures to select 20 of the fastest station wagons out there. As you will see, acceleration is probably the best performance indicator because many have their top speed electronically limited to 155mph…

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