BEST PICKS FOR FERRYING THE FAMILY
I drive a Ford Territor y and am looking for smaller, fun car to drive. have two in mind, the VW Passat 206TSI R-Line and Skoda Superb Sportsline, both wagons with the same engine. Would you suggest something else?
The sporty wagon concept is much more popular in Europe than Australia, where we seem to have eyes only for SUVs, so our options here are limited.
Passat and Superb fit your brief. Smaller include Skoda Octavia RS wagon VW Tiguan 162TSI. Another two should fit the bill.
VW Passat 206TSI R-Line, from about $66,000 drive-away The is a class act and the R-Line has all latest driver assistance tech as well as punchy turbo engine. VW claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.7 seconds, which is seriously quick thanks to all-wheel drive grip and loads of low-down grunt. It’s reasonably frugal on the open road. VW claims 7.4L/100km but expect double digits around town. You’ll also pay roughly 15 per cent more for 98 RON premium. Comforts include three-zone aircon, satnav, smartphone integration and Nappa leather. Adaptive chassis control allows you to adjust the car for sportier driving.
Skoda Superb Sportsline, from $56,990 drive-away
The has a sizeable $9000 price advantage and doesn’t miss out on much compared with the Passat. Standard items include adaptive cruise control, auto emergency braking, nine airbags bi-xenon headlights that peer around corners. Inside, there’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three-zone aircon, satnav, premium audio, ambient lighting, suede-look seat trim
a big boot that can be opened by swiping your foot under the bumper. The engine and slick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch auto are shared with VW, so performance is comparable. A five-year warranty, compared with three years for the Volkswagen, makes it a compelling alternative. Subaru Levorg, from about $59,000 drive-away The Levorg is basically the wagon version of brand’s cult car, the WRX. Powered by
same 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo, it puts out 197kW/350Nm. Subaru claims a 0-100km/h sprint time 6.6 seconds. As with VW and Skoda, is all-wheel-drive the suspension slanted to sportiness, although it remains reasonably comfortable over potholes. It’s thirstier, claiming 8.7L/100km, and the continuously variable transmission can’t match its rivals for sporting feel. That said, it steers and corners well
when the engine is in sweet spot, it’s fun to drive. There are auto braking pedestrian/cyclist detection, while interior smart and well equipped, with leathertrimmed heated seats satnav but no smartphone mirroring. Servicing is $2253 for six visits over three years.
Holden Commodore Sportwagon, from about $64,000 drive-away Bragging rights come with its 6.2-litre V8 (304kW/570Nm). It lacks the AWD of the VW and Skoda, though 0-100km/h times would be similar. Thirst is a claimed 13.1L/100km. It makes
wonderful sound, though, will tow 2000kg-plus. Inside, clever tech includes head-up display, blind spot warning and auto parking. It’s not as upmarket but is more spacious, with a bigger boot. Warranty is only three years servicing much better value, at $717 over
compared with $1346 for the Superb and $1764
The Superb’s longer warranty, sharper price and clever interior make it the pick.