On the wagon
Station wagons used to label occupants as committed parents. But that’s history
model— itself a reskinned Volkswagen Golf GTI. Wagons also share the handling, agility and performance acumen of their sedan equivalents.
But the wagon has a more flexible load area and the ability to haul a range of awkward-sized cargo thanks to split and folddown rear seats. In comparison to an SUV, the wagon also retains the less cumbersome style of the sedan, in effect offering the best of both worlds.
Find a good sedan and if there’s a wagon equivalent, then generally it will share any of the sedan’s advantages and disadvantages. These three examples are very different in origins and execution. All are current models— though the Holden and Skoda are poised for replacement— and will have relatively low mileage. The Skoda is the sports model and is more expensive than its rivals, though has more equipment and has a turbocharged petrol engine with a dual-clutch automatic transmission— all quite expensive stuff.
Resale values are strong for the Hyundai (50 per cent retained after three years) and Skoda (49 per cent) but weak for the Holden (41 per cent), indicating that seeking a near-new used model can be more advantageous for the Holden buyer.