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A clin­i­cal Teu­tonic at­ti­tude to haul­ing mid-size loads, one of the world’s best plat­forms ... this wagon will turn you off SUVs. Satnav, 17-inch al­loys and eight-speaker audio team with su­perb fuel econ­omy and lots of space. Capped-price ser­vic­ing is $1246 for three years (also the term of the war­ranty) but it in­cludes road­side as­sist. Re­sale is a high 56 per cent.


No-fuss lines blur the wagon’s ex­tra length over the hatch. The re­sult is a pretty ad­di­tion to your drive­way. Com­fort­able four-adult seat­ing on cloth and al­can­tara up­hol­stery com­ple­ments soft-touch dash with ex­cel­lent build qual­ity. Boot is 605L and rear seats fold flat. Rated to tow 1500kg.


The 1.4-litre turbo (103kW/250Nm) is one of Volk­swa­gen’s new en­gines and one of its best. It claims 5.2L/100km but needs 95 RON and drives a seven-cog dual-clutch gear­box. The plat­form is a stretched ver­sion of the Golf MkVII.


Five stars, seven airbags, brake emer­gency dis­play, driver at­ten­tion de­tec­tion, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor, front and rear park sen­sors with rev­ers­ing cam­era are all there. There are also heated mir­rors and space-saver space (though a full-size will fit).


This feels noth­ing like a wagon and is streets ahead of most SUVs in ride com­fort, han­dling, power de­liv­ery and fun. The en­gine sparkles and even though there’s still some an­noy­ing off-the-mark gear­box lag, you for­give it be­cause it’s so flex­i­ble and easy on fuel. Ex­cel­lent switch and gauge de­sign and place­ment. Wagon space takes a moun­tain bike and the flex­i­ble boot floor cre­ates var­i­ous par­ti­tions.

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