Earlier this week we saw the new Volvo V90 and Kia Optima Sportswagon, estates that are both very handsome and rather cool.

We’ve always maintained that fast estates are cool, but it seems even base-spec diesel wagons are becoming better-looking, more desirable and indeed cooler than their hatchback/saloon siblings. The aforementioned V90 and Optima SW are perfect examples of the phenomenon.

But this is not a new phenomenon. Motoring history is littered with achingly cool estates. HereĀ is Only Motors’ top 12 cool estates.

Let us know what you think of our list and what cool estates you would add.

Images via Favcars.com

By Graham King