Despite the continued rise in popularity of the crossover SUV, the original family vehicle was the wagon. Designed to carry families and their associated paraphernalia, the wagon is a truly versatile body type. With wide-opening tailgates, a boxy shape and folding seats, these cars could be converted into van-like luggage carriers. With a standard ride height, cars are also much more suitable for our wagging friends, as they can just jump in the back.
While some wagons can be labeled dull and uninspired, the 10 on our list are some of the most beautiful ever made.
10 1994 Audi RS2
Built in collaboration with Porsche, many OEM Porsche parts were used in its construction. These Porsche parts make this one of the most beautiful wagons ever produced, from the alloy wheels to the door mirrors.
The RS2 was equipped with a 2.2-liter turbocharged 5-cylinder engine with a very respectable 311 hp. 0-60 mph could be reached in 5.3 seconds and the car could reach a top speed of 163 mph.
9 1996 Volvo V70 R
The Volvo V70 R has a modest appearance. The car is powered by a 2.4-liter inline-5 engine with an output of 269 hp. The 20-valve engine allows a 0-60 mph time of 7.4 seconds and a top speed of 152 mph.
The first generation Volvo V70 R, produced between 1996 and 2000, was available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and could be supplied with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.
8 2007 Mercedes C63
The 2007 Mercedes C63 is in many ways more of a supercar than a wagon. Powered by a massive 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8, this car is sadly a dying breed. Due to hybridization and turbocharging, an engine like this will never be used this way again.
The car has a huge appeal to gearboxes and fans of Formula 1 will love the C63 was used as a medical car. The C63 provided the medical team with rapid acceleration and ample cargo capacity for supplies. 0-62 mph only takes 4.6 seconds.
7 2011 Ferrari FF
While not strictly a wagon, the FF filled a disgruntled niche. The name stands for four-seater and four-wheel drive. The revolutionary FF offered Ferrari customers a unique proposition, a truly usable Grand Tourer that combined the performance of a supercar with functionality more akin to a daily driver.
The car was powered by a 660 hp, 6.3 liter V12. 0-62 mph took just 3.7 seconds and the car was able to reach a top speed of over 200 mph. The folding rear seats offered unparalleled payload in a vehicle of this type. The car was popular with ski enthusiasts because the four-wheel drive could handle the snow.
6 2013 Audi RS6
Audi’s third generation of the RS6, the C7, offered supercar-competitive performance with massive towing capacity. The car was equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that produced 560 hp. Using launch control, the car could go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds.
The car looked great, with an understated sporty design. The car was electronically limited to 255 mph as standard, but an optional “Dynamic Plus” package increased this to a barely believable 289 mph.
5 1962 Volvo P220 Amazon
The great looking Volvo P220 was produced between 1962 and 1969. The P220 was essentially a wagon version of the P120 and offered improved flexibility and family friendliness. A Range Rover style split tailgate further enhanced usability.
At launch, the car was equipped with a 4-cylinder 1.8-liter engine, which could be selected with a power of 75, 90 or 95 hp.
4 2022 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
Another slightly less conventional car, but one of the nicest on our list. The Panamera Sport Turismo combines the best of all worlds, supercar performance, everyday driver reliability and space for the family. The payload is a reasonable 520 litres.
One of the fastest models in the lineup is the Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo. This car is equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 620 hp. When selected with the Sport Chrono package, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 2.9 seconds and the car has a top speed of just under 200 km/h.
3 2017 Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Instantly recognizable as a Jaguar, the XF Sportbrake is a muscular and imposing car. The car is brutal, with a huge grille and F-Type-inspired taillights. The car offers a generous luggage space of 565 liters, which can be increased to 1700 liters with the rear seats folded down.
The car is great to drive too, standard self-levelling rear air suspension and optional adaptive dampers improve road holding and cornering flexibility.
2 2022 Skoda Octavia VRS
The Skoda Octavia VRS is closely related to the next car on our list, the Cupra Leon Sportstourer. Both vehicles share the same underpinnings and are essentially based on the Volkswagen Golf. The car can carry a generous 600 liters of luggage, which can be easily increased with lever-operated folding rear seats.
Black accents such as the grille and window frames give the car an aggressive look. As a hybrid version, the car delivers 245 hp.
1 Cupra Leon Sports Tourer 2021
The sporty and futuristic-looking Cupra Leon Sportstourer has many unique styling features. From an aggressive body kit to copper-colored badges and enlarged alloy wheels. The interior is also very nicely designed, with more copper details and a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
In addition to the same hybrid system that can be found in the Octavia VRS, this car is also available with a powerful petrol engine. With an output of 310 hp, mated to an all-wheel drive system, the 2.0-litre turbo engine can launch the car from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.
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