Toronto Star

Best new small cars under $21,000

Volkswagen Sportwagon


Fun and sophistica­ted.

Base price: $22,795

Price as tested: $24,195 Many families are choosing SUVs and crossovers rather than risk being seen behind the wheel of the dreaded minivan. But Europeans, with people and stuff to cart around, have known for years that the station wagon is the way to go. With an entry price in the low Twenties and 6.1 L/100 km fuel economy on the highway, the little VW wagon is a great value.

We like: Sleek European styling wraps up a comfortabl­e, modern interior with seating for five and real-world cargo space. Engine: 1.8-litre 4-cylinder

Power/torque: 170 hp/185 lb-ft Fuel consumptio­n (L/100 km): 9.9 city, 6.1 hwy.

What’s best: A car that offers more utility than many SUVs, while still being fun to drive.

What’s worst: There isn’t much not to like, but the addition of an all-wheel-drive option would be fantastic.

Value for money: More affordable to buy and operate than many larger crossovers while still offering a fun driving experience.

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