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Two Ger­man wag­ons with SUV ca­pac­ity and sports sedan han­dling bat­tle it out for supremacy

It’s your salary to sac­ri­fice. Th­ese Euro wag­ons have SUV util­ity and sedan han­dling, says

VALUE Stan­dard kit in­cludes 8-speed auto, au­to­matic tail­gate, dual-zone cli­mate-con­trol, cruise con­trol with brak­ing, Blue­tooth, pow­er­ad­justable front seats, auto-dim­ming cen­tre mir­ror, run­flats on 17in al­loys, a sports leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel and up­graded in­te­rior light­ing pack­age.

STU­ART MARTIN

TECH­NOL­OGY A 2.0-litre di­rect-in­jec­tion twin-scroll turbo four pro­vides 135kW and 270Nm get­ting you to 100km/h in 7.5 sec­onds. It’s also got stop-start, which helps keep fuel use to a claimed 6.2l/100km. Plus brake en­ergy re­cov­ery and a green-driv­ing mode to help the driver keep fuel use down.

DE­SIGN Wagon is un­mis­tak­ablyBMWin styling with more cargo space than the model it re­places. You have 495 litres of cargo space or three times that when only two are on board and it’s eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble via the open­ing-glass pane or the elec­tric hands-free tail­gate.

SAFETY Five NCAP stars adorn the sedan, so ex­pect good grades for the wagon. A re­vers­ing cam­era, sen­sors front and rear, airbags num­ber­ing six, as well as sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol head­ing a list of ac­tive elec­tronic driver aids. No spare.

DRIVE The di­rect-in­jec­tion turbo four has some charm and en­thu­si­asm, work­ing well with the auto, hes­i­tat­ing only a lit­tle on cor­ner-exit. It’s a well-bal­anced and com­posed load-lug­ger. The cargo space is use­ful and there’s just enough room for a nu­clear fam­ily.

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