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The 6 greatest wagons ever made

Debatable? Yes. Undeniably cool? Yes!

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Drivetribe's bustling community rarely agrees on something, but generally they tend to agree on one thing in particular: Wagons are awesome. We think the rest of the world feels the same way, but clearly not. Recently Mercedes came out saying that the future of their wagons was in jeopardy, with lapping up the water of demand, leaving very little for the humble wagon.

"This market is under pressure as more and more customers move to SUVs, and there are just a few markets left for estates and station wagons." Mercedes Chief Operating Officer Markus Schäfer told Autocar.

Wagon, Estate, Station Wagon, call them what you want. These are the 6 greatest wagons ever made.

6: Audi RS2

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You know something seriously good is going to happen when rally legend Audi and racing legend Porsche team up. Case in point, the RS2 combined the practicality of a wagon, with the performance of a supercar, and it did it in a style very few could replicate. A 2.2L Turbocharged I5 gave the RS2 311hp, and thanks to the 6 speed manual gearbox, it can hit 100kph in just 4.8 seconds, with a top speed of over 160mph. The RS2 is a fast car even by todays standards, making it a legend in the wagon world.

5: Cadillac CTSV

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Spawned from an already powerful Cadillac CTSV sedan, the CTSV wagon posed as a sporty family wagon, but was so much more than that. It was a mile eating, Nurburgring record beating speed machine. Sharing the 6.2L V8 from the sedan, it has 556hp and a 0-100 time of just 4 seconds! Best of all, it has a top speed of 190mph, making it one of the fastest wagons of all time. Shame they only sold 2,139 over its 4 year production run.

4: BMW E39 TOURING

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While this particular car may not be the one in question, the E39 5 Series Touring is undoubtedly one of the greatest BMW estates of the 2000s, and for one very good reason. BMW never made an official M version of the touring, so many owners took it upon themselves to convert theirs into an "M5 Touring" of sorts. This actually worked, since the Touring was offered with a similar 4.4L V8 to the M5, and although it was tuned down to around 286hp, it still left room for opportunity. It quickly became a tuners dream, and in recent years has also become relatively cheap. As a result, videos all over youtube depict people converting their 5 Series Touring to an M5 Touring, such as this one. Aside from typical electrical faults, this car is a brilliant example of the capabilities and opportunities that arise when given a wagon.

3: HSV Clubsport R8

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Hailing from down under, HSV is the home of insanity on wheels for Australians, and the Clubsport R8 turns it up to 11... In the form of a wagon. A crazy one at that, using a 6.2L V8, it boasts a whopping 550hp, and a 0-100 time of around 4.6 seconds.. What's not to love? And best of all, its far cheaper than the competition; the Audi RS6 and Mercedes C63 cost in excess of $185,000, whereas you can pick one of these up for as little as $53,000 on carsales.com.au, albeit a somewhat older one, but nevertheless even the most expensive one on the website is $160,000, a discount from the Mercs and Audis that you might not want to overlook.. if you live down under that is.

2: AUDI RS6

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Audi Media

With the RS2 and V10 RS6 under their belt, it's safe to say Audi knows a thing or two about making fast wagons, and this is no exception. The 4.0L V8 produces over 590hp, and giving the RS6 a top speed of 305kph (190mph). With menacing looks like these, and a price tag like this, do you think its worth it? Post your opinion in the comments below.

1: Volvo 850 T-5R / 850R

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Unequivocally brilliant, the 850R put the "fun" back into "functional", with one of the first high performance estate cars from Europe. With a superb sounding 2.3L Turbo I5 it managed to produce 240-250hp, and gave it a 0-100kph time of just 6.7 seconds; fast for a sports car of the time, let alone a family estate. But it was so much more than just that. Volvo understood the success of the 850 T-5R, and ensured that the 850R brought even more to the stage, with Alcantara inserts, and a heavy duty 6 speed manual, just in case you wanted to stop by Spa on the way to school. It wasn't only a success on the road however, it was entered into the 1994 and 1995 BTCC races, and performed well despite the fact it was an estate.

Overall, the 850R was and still is, the best estate ever made, and it will take a lot to beat it.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

If the future of estates is bleak, it's possible the value of classics will shoot up in the coming years, so it can be considered an investment to some extent. Generally, if a major car manufacturer does something, many follow. If Mercedes is saying they are considering saying goodbye to their estates, consider it a threat to the entire industry. Where it goes from here, I do not know. For all we know, the next few years could see a spike in estate sales, leading to the creation of more and more. But for now, let's just wait and see.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT! THE 6 BEST ESTATES OF ALL TIME (IN MY OPINION)

THANKS FOR READING

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Google Search, Google, www.google.com/search?q=ctsv%2Bwagon%2Btop%2Bspeed&rlz=1C5CHFA_enAU955AU961&oq=ctsv%2Bwagon%2Btop%2Bspeed&aqs=chrome..69i57j0i10j0i22i30l2.2562j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8.

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Comments (69)

  • Where is any BMW Touring? 😕 🤔

      24 days ago
  • Although this one is inspired by the Hurst / Olds, you can't go wrong with a Vista Cruiser.

      22 days ago
  • The best thing was that you could get a CTS-V wagon with a six speed manual

      24 days ago
  • 156 GTA Sportwagon.

      22 days ago
  • Agree with all these except the Holden. While it’s not a bad car at all, I’d replace it with either the 3 or 5 series wagon. Also the Subaru WRX deserves a place as well

      24 days ago
    • Yeah, definetly - If I made this again I possibly wouldn't include the R36, and swap it for an E39 Wagon

        24 days ago
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