159 Estate - any good as a long term drive?
I am looking to get rid of my Audi A6 saloon as it is now impractical for my hobby and family (triathlon needs bike space, and roof bars ruin the audi roof with a scuffed footprint, and need an estate for the new dog).
I have had a quick look over ebay and autotrader at what 159 estates are available, and am a little fuzzy over what to look at/for.
The car would be used to get me around the country as a consultant engineer (visit clients about 1-2 per month) so would be doing around 15-18k miles per year (so started with the 19 & 2.4 diesels).
Obviously, modern diesels come at a price (egr, dpf, etc), but what sort of reliability, economy, performance would I expect from either? WOuld the 2.4 be up over £250/year road tax?
What are they like for bodywork & similar, any "standard" failings to watch out for?
was looking to spend around £5k, but could squeeze up to £8k if something really nice were to be available. any pointers from you knowledgeable lot would be very much appreciated.
Also looking at volvo v50/70, merc c or e estate, audi a6 estate, mitsubishi outlander