Sporty wagons have best of both worlds
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