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.