Sporty wag­ons have best of both worlds

Money Magazine Australia - - THIS MONTH -

SUVs have all but re­placed hum­ble sta­tion wag­ons as the de­fault fam­ily haulers of choice. But there’s still just enough de­mand for a few low-rid­ing, high-per­for­mance es­tates to hang on, to of­fer the best of both worlds in terms of driver en­joy­ment and prac­ti­cal­ity.

These range from top-end Euro­pean mod­els such as the Audi RS 6 Avant, Jaguar XF Sport­brake and Volvo V90

– all priced around $100,000 – to rel­a­tively af­ford­able mod­els like the Re­nault Me­gane GT, Skoda Oc­tavia RS, Subaru Levorg, Volk­swa­gen Golf and, of course, the out­go­ing Aussie-built Holden Com­modore SS-V Red­line Sport­wagon.

All of the wag­ons men­tioned are ar­guably more ele­gant than the sedans and hatches on which they’re based, and of­fer greater boot space with­out los­ing much in terms of per­for­mance and han­dling. And, per­haps more im­por­tantly, they of­fer an al­ter­na­tive for keen driv­ers who don't want to give up on pas­sion when prac­ti­cal­ity is top pri­or­ity.

DAVID BONNICI, WHICHCAR.COM.AU

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