The Luxury Wagon (Canadian Market)
There’s a lot to appreciate with a wagon. The sleekness of a low slung, elongated vehicle gives it a prestigious look and all that space without sacrificing style. But they’re not for everyone. I look at some of the luxury wagons available to us in Canada that come from a few manufacturers. This is not a review of these cars, but rather a place to see them all and know what’s available.
The Compact Luxury Wagon
In the smaller, entry-level space we have vehicles from all the German manufacturers. Audi, BMW, and Mercedes. The Audi A4 Avant, currently only available as the Allroad Quattro, BMW 3-Series Touring and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon. Now with the new Volvo V60!
The new Volvo V60 is an important car for the Swedish manufacturer, showcasing their legendary ability in developing incredible wagons. The new V60 doesn’t fall short on this promise with class-leading passenger and cargo space. Masculine lines dress the V60 with an aggressive and competent look, while fabulous Scandinavian designed interiors coddle passengers in soft leather and materials you want to rub your cheek against.
BMW 3-Series Touring
The BMW 3-Series Touring is a safe bet at this level, with near the largest boot space and the nicest interior in my opinion. You get all the goodness of the venerable 3-Series and the practicality of a balanced and reliable wagon from BMW.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon
With the smallest boot space in the class and a heavily angled front windscreen that makes the cockpit feel a tad squished and cramped. The finishes on this model are rather delightful though, with subtle leathers and expansive portions of wood or steel lining the doors. The options on this car can push the price upwards of $60,000 which is about average for this class, the BMW reaches that price as well. I don’t love the way Mercedes has packaged options, however, requiring the inclusion of certain things like $2,000 leather just so I can have a heated steering wheel, what’s that about.
Audi A4 Avant Allroad Quattro
Good trunk space and legendary Audi Quattro make the Audi A4 Allroad Quattro a great selection if you can get past the stark, emotionless interior. The Allroad version of the A4 Avant offers increased ride height and the addition of plastic valances around the car to offer protection in those offroad situations (like you’re going to do that!). The styling and height mean an slightly higher seating position and better view out the front as well as a look that says “I have a gravel driveway”.
While I love this car on so many levels, I don’t find Audi interiors to be anything special. Overly clinical and in recent years, inferior materials in the lower models. The quality of Audi seems to be a la VW circa 2008.[easy-tweet tweet=”The quality of Audi in recent years seems to be a la VW circa 2008.” user=”tomaswilliamsa” hashtags=”audi, vw” url=”https://tomaswilliams.com/luxury-wagon-canadian-market/”]
|BMW 3-Series Touring||Mercedes-Benz C-Class Wagon||Audi A4 Avant Allroad Quattro||Volvo V60|
|Starting Price ($CAD)||$49,900||$46,000||$47,800||$unknown|
|Trunk Space (L) Seats Up/Down||495/1500||490/1510||505/1510||529/?|
|All-Wheel Drive||X-Drive||4MATIC||Quattro||All Wheel Drive|
|Engine||2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo||2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo||2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo||2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo|
|Fuel Economy (L/100Km)||10.5 City / 6.9 Highway||10.7 City / 8.0 Highway||12.3 City / 8.2 Highway||Unknown|
The Mid-Size Luxury Wagon
In Canada, when we enter mid-size luxury wagon world, we get fewer options. With only Mercedes-Benz and Porsche offering us anything at this level from the Germans, and Volvo with the new V90 and V90 Cross Country. From Mercedes-Benz, we have the E-Class Wagon, which is a class-leading winner no matter how you cut it. And interestingly, from Porsche, we have the Panamera Sport Turismo, which to some may just be a glorified Panamera, but it has a hatch and that makes it a wagon to me.
While the E-Class offers all the things in all the ways that make it great, I have trouble getting past the single screen stretching across half the vehicle’s interior.[easy-tweet tweet=”While the E-Class offers all the things in all the ways that make it great, I have trouble getting past the single screen stretching across half the vehicle’s interior.” user=”tomaswilliamsa” hashtags=”vw, audi” url=”https://tomaswilliams.com/luxury-wagon-canadian-market/”]
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon
Considered the ultimate wagon by many, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class interior comes in all the shades of popular pooch, so when your tiny Terrier loses fur you don’t even notice! What a delight. Room, power, luxury and refinement are all words you can use to describe the E-Class Wagon with its massive interior space and refined cabin comprised of high-quality materials and a cabin so full of tech you’ll lose yourself in features.
If you can manage the higher price this is a great place to start, but be careful, that price goes up, quickly and you’ll want the things that make the price go up.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
The most expensive model on the list and it only just starts there.While some may say it’s not a true wagon, I feel we need to include it here, mostly so we have more than the Mercedes and the Volvo. With it’s less than wagon rear, that steep decline of a rear window brings it closer to a 4-door coupe than a wagon. The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is an exquisite machine crafted to be both comfortable and fast.
Not for everyone, or even most people, this car is a signal of excess for most, but honestly, I can’t get over how sexy that slightly awkward shape is. I want it, and I’ll do anything to have it. Do you consider this a luxury wagon or just a luxury sedan?
Volvo V90 & V90 Cross Country
Possibly my personal favourite. The Volvo V90 and V90 Cross Country are Sweden personified on four wheels. The cool, nonchalant design says I’m sleek and sexy, but don’t need to scream about it, ahem, Porsche.
With a starting price lower than the rest, it comes up pretty quickly once you see the great options available to you from Volvo. By the time you’re done it’s about the same, so why get the Volvo you ask. It’s not more luxurious or better equipped and the name isn’t as big.
Well, it’s a Volvo, it’s minimalistic design means you’re not screaming for attention like an E63 AMG Wagon does, and it’s generous safety and tech features mean you don’t yearn for anything. It’s just simple and effective. For me, the Volvo V90 comes in first place in the luxury wagon race. It’s sexy, unique and dripping of style.
|Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon||Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo||Volvo V90 (Cross Country)|
|Starting Price ($CAD)||$ 74,000.00||$ 109,700.00||$ 58,900.00|
|Trunk Space (L) Seats Up/Down||640/1820||520/1390||560/1526|
|Engine||3.0L V6 bi-turbo||3.0L V6||2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo|
|Fuel Economy (L/100Km)||n/a||n/a||9.3 Combined|
The Sort-of Wagons
Somewhere between sedan and wagon, we have the four-door coupe. This started with the Mercedes-Benz CLS and has since grown into a healthy segment from many manufacturers.
- BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo
- BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo
- Audi A7
- Audi A5 Sportback
- Mercedes-Benz CLA
- Mercedes-Benz CLS
- BMW Group Press
- Diamler Global Media
- Volvo Cars Group Global Media
- Porsche Press Room USA
- Audi MediaCenter