TOP 5 Wagons You Can Buy In the US Today

 

My list of the top 5 wagons you can buy in the US today. As some of you may know I grew up in Sweden. Sweden, or as some may know it as – Wagon country. We absolutely love wagons. 60, 70 percent of all cars in the 90s were wagons. I believe the accurate number was 98.2% with the occasional Volvo 240 sliding around in the snow, we had a lot of fun doing that by the way, good times.

Wagons are practical and convenient and still feel like regular cars to drive. You get the space of an SUV without the boring driving experience. And today, we have a few wagons that can even outperform a lot of exotics. What’s not to love?

If you can’t tell, wagons have a special place in my heart. However ever since I moved to the States 8 years ago, I’ve almost forgotten about them. Every time I see a Volvo V70 here it looks strange. I’ve gotten UNused to the shape of them. Not OK.

For some reason Americans don’t seem to like them and as a result, manufacturers are hesitant to ship their station wagons over here.

There are still a few of them being sold here in the US and in this video, I’m going to list my top 5 wagons on sale today in the US. I’m also going to list a few wagons I wish were sold here so that Americans could experience what they’re missing out on. Price is less of a factor in this list, instead I’m going to focus on something so much more vital – the design.

Volvo V90

Can you blame me? I grew up in wagon country. I don’t know the exact numbers but it felt like wagons were more popular than other cars. SUVs were nowhere to be seen in the 90s in Sweden. There are very, very few cars that look better in wagon form than they do as sedans. With the Volvo V90, the wagon in an absolute masterpiece. Sleek, simple, functional, dynamic, gorgeous Scandinavian design mixed with the Thors hammer lights in the front and a shoulder line that goes on for miles, to me it’s the best looking wagon on the market today.

With the Inscription trim level wheels in dark gray, it’s like an athlete dressed up for a press conference in a tailored suit. Elegant and graceful on the outside with a powerful, high performing inside. Now you can get the V90 with the R-design package with different bumpers and wheels but I don’t know, I think I prefer the Inscription trim level. It’s too clean and beautiful and don’t want anything extra added to it.

The Volvo V90 starts at $52,500 for the T5 R-design with a 250hp 4-cylinder and tops out at $60,500 for the T6 Inscription with 316hp. Still the same engine but in the T6 it’s both turbo and supercharged.

 

 

Audi RS6

This is the bodybuilder of the group. It’s angry, it doesn’t play around and it will leave many exotics behind not only in a straight line, but on the track as well. Audi to me has stepped up their design game lately. There was a decade or so where they were extremely boring looking, with every new car being a smaller or bigger version of an already existing one. Very predictable design that didn’t excite anyone. Now, Audi still have a very strong brand identity but they’re starting to get experimental with their approach, especially in the coming EV market.

When I think of Audi, I think of light design. They’ve always been in the forefront when it comes to lighting technology. The RS6 looks almost like it’s been sent to external tuning shop and been designed for the german DTM racing series. Personally, I prefer the blacked out trim compared to the silver details. I think it brings the car together more effectively graphically.

The Audi RS6 goes on sale this spring with a base price around $115,000. For that you get Audi's twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V8 engine, making 591 hp and 590 pound-feet of torque.

 

Mercedes Benz E63 AMG

The ultimate German autobahn cruiser. Endless torque, effortless 155mph pace for hours in total comfort. With it being an Estate, it’s perfect for long roadtrips and you can even bring the entire family along. This is not one of the rare wagons that looks better than its sedan counterpart. I’m not a huge fan of the rear end design. I think the rear lights sit too narrow to each other and it looks cramped. The rear end also has this constant slope to it. This continues all the way down to the exhaust pipes and never folds back in under the car, making it look like it has a severe underbite. But I’m still a fan of the E63 Estate and I respect Mercedes for bringing it to the American market even though the sales numbers are nowhere near that of the sedan.

The Mercedes E63 AMG Estate starts at around $113,000 and comes with one of the best sounding engines ever built - the 603-hp, 627 lbs of torque twin-turbo 4.0L V8.

 

 

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Ok I’m going to be completely honest here. I’ve never liked the fan of the Porsche Panamera. I think it looks like Mr Burns head from a side view. The design feels too reliant on the 911. As if it deep inside really wants to be a 911 but reluctantly forced to add another pair of doors. However, the Sport Turismo, as they call the wagon Panamera, kind of solves this problem.
The reason being with the wagon design, it takes a step further away from the 911 and becomes its own model. I feel this is what it should have been from the start. More defined in its own segment and not a stretched out 911. The Sport Turismo looks better than the regular Panamera but don’t get me wrong, it’s still the least attractive design in this field.

The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo starts at just under $100,000 but that can be doubled depending on what version you chose. All the way from the base 4 with 330hp up to the top level $193,000 Turbo S E-hybrid that puts out a massive 667 horses.

 

 

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

I have never seen this car our in the wild but I have to say, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake is a sleek looking wagon. It fits into the rare category of cars where it’s better looking than the sedan. The XF sedan to me looks too plain, too average to be a Jaguar. But the Sportbrake brings back the traditional combination of sporty elegance that Jaguar is known for. This model will not be around for long since they’ve announced they will take it off the US market in 2021. If you want one, now is the time to get it.

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake starts at $66,000 and is powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder making 296hp. You can also have it with a supercharged V6 with 380hp for an additional $7,000.

 

Top 3 Wagons I Wish Were Sold In the US

Audi RS4 Avant

Yes the Audi RS6 Avant is coming to the US as a 2020 model and that great. I’d love to see more performance wagons find their way over here to compete with the SUV madness that’s currently going on in the US. This brings me to the Audi RS4. Personally, I would chose this smaller version over the RS6. Audi has such a great history with smaller, high performance wagons starting with the legendary RS2 which was developed with Porsche. Hopefully the RS6 will sell well and make Audi change their minds about bringing the RS4 here too. But for now, it stays off American roads.

A shame.

 

 

BMW 3-series Touring

Over 1.7 million 3-series touring have been sold since its introduction in 1987. When car makers turn a sedan into a wagon, usually what gets lost is the sleek proportions of the car. In the case with the 2020 3-series touring, I think they did a great job. What I like about the rear end of this car is the concave space in the middle of it. The top line of the bumper is mirrored in the line of the integrated ducktail. This creates a nice tip in the body where the taillights sits. What I would really like to see is an M3 wagon because who doesn’t like more power and better performance? Great design and proportions. For the first time since the E46 of the 1990s, the 2020 3-series wagon won't come to the United States.

A shame.

 

 

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Estate

The C63 S is powered by the twin turbo, 503 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque 4.0-liter V8, an engine we’re familiar with in cars such cars as the AMG GT, E63, S63, and with different tuning in the Aston Martin Vantage. Mercedes still sells the E63 AMG Estate here in the US but have decided to not bring the smaller, more nimble sibling over the Atlantic.

A shame.

 

That’s my list of wagons currently for sale in the US. Let me know what your top 5 list is in the comments below! 

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