I can’t, and will never, abandon hope for station wagons. In Europe, in some luxury car categories, they still represent a 50% take rate. Yes, 1 out 2 buyers of the BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E Class spring for the extended roof and hatch.
And, as we well know, Europeans are cool! So be cool all of you and buy more WAGONS!
The following Top 10, listed in no particular order (because I love all wagons) holds my favourite current wagons.
Audi A4 2.0T Allroad
The Audi A4 Avant is dead. Long live the Allroad! The Allroad is just as utilitarian as the Avant, only now it comes with a little more attitude.
Monday, 7 07:52:00
A4 allroad, Outback and XC70 are all ugly SUV-ized versions of much more attractive wagons. I would have considered any of those wagons previously, but will never consider these ersatz SUVs. If I want something styled to look like a Jeep or a Land Rover (which I don't). I'd just get the real thing. Except perhaps the Audi, they all probably drive similarly. Why no Legacy GT wagon or V70R for Canada?
Monday, 7 01:55:00
Nope, still can't stand wagons, they typically don't have the ground clearance or the higher up commanding view of SUVs and they don't look as elegant as sedans/coupes especially as luxury vehicles.
Tuesday, 8 03:16:00
I would add an Audi RS6+ (or RS4, AS6 or AS4, for example). By the way, the Mini Countryman is fun car, but it is a hatchback, not a wagon.
@Mitchell: you may fail to see that both SUVs ('Sport' UVs) and Allroad-wagons are not 'original' or 'the real thing'. SUVs served a demand for more road-going or car-like versions of 'real' terrain vehicles or 4x4s (like the Willy, Defender, Gelaende-wagen, Landcruiser), while these Allroad-wagons serve the purpose of more offroad-going or terrain-like versions of cars/wagons. So, SUVs are car-like 4x4s, and Allroad-wagons are 4x4-like cars, so to speak. Both are somewhere in the middle, or 'cross over' (like the Forester, who switched from Allroad-wagon to SUV with their current model, and lost a large part of their customers because of that).
@Too American: the Outback has a higher(!) ground-clearance with 22cm than most small and medium SUVs, and also has better terrain capabilities than most of them (partially because of their better driveline too).
Saturday, 12 02:18:00
Wagons are much better and logical than SUV's. Also much less American. When I see a guy driving an SUV, I already know he is an idiot just for buying one. Unless it is a Land Rover or something non-American, therefore good.