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.
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.