The Performance Wagon
An insight into the world of performance wagons. Which are our favorites and why?
Performance estate cars are undoubtedly growing in popularity. They offer all the performance of a high end sports car with the usefulness and practicality of a swiss army knife. In the last 5 years more and more car makers have started to offer a estate models, of their already very desirable cars, and we love it! Not only are they practical but they look absolutely epic. So which ones will I be taking a look at today?
Audi RS6 Avant (2017)
Perhaps the daddy of all current performance wagons, and for many, the one that springs to mind when we think of a fast estate car. This is for good reason, as the RS6 Avant has proved itself to be a performance car muncher. The statistics speak for themselves here: a 4.0L, twin turbocharged V8 producing just over 550BHP and a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds and all the way to a limited top speed of 155MPH. The best thing is that all of this is possible, even if you want to have 3 children and a grand piano in the back of the car! Aesthetically the RS6 is also brilliant in my opinion. It has an aggressive wide stance and a menacing exhaust note to match, shame about those fake exhaust tips then...especially when the base model will set you back £80,000.
VW Golf R estate
Now I know that to some people this sounds like some sort of dark and twisted fantasy. I mean the Golf is by far the most successful hatchback in history and the GTI is the greatest hot hatch ever produced, hence the thought of an estate actually causing some people to vomit profusely. However, hopefully once they see the VW Golf R estate, the violent state of throwing up will subside and be replaced by one of delight. This is because this brilliant estate has not lost any of the magic from the original Golf R. Granted it may be a little less agile due to the slightly longer wheel base, but that is just physics and not even VW, with all the money in the world, can compete with science. Speed has not been drastically effected either, as this estate version weighs just 80KG more than the original Golf R! That's like having me sitting in the passenger seat all the time...unfortunately that is an optional extra. The VW Golf R estate is the opposite end of the performance wagon spectrum when pitched against the RS6, however the Audi does not walk all over this little gem. Prices start at just £34,000 (Less than half of the RS6) and for that you get a nippy estate which can do 0-60MPH in 5.1 seconds (4.6 with the DSG box) , thanks to a 310BHP pokey 2.0L turbocharged engine. The VW also offers a four wheels drive system and a claimed 39MPG! Whats not to like?
Mercedes AMG C63 S estate
So it seems even Mercedes are getting in on the action when it comes to performance estate cars. This is great news as now we will see unmatched levels of opulence, which we now expect from Mercedes, as well as famous AMG performance, all in a car that is more than happy to transport a couple of muddy terriers and a slobbering Great Dane. The Mercedes sits comfortably somewhere in between the Audi and the VW in terms of performance and damage to the bank account. The car will cost around the £60,000 mark for a base model, however it uses a very similar powertrain set-up to the Audi, also using a twin turbo V8 but instead it produces 504BHP and 700NM of torque, still enough to deposit a hooligan like amount of rubber down a British B road.
Performance wagons then seem to be the answer to many people's prayers. It gives the opportunity for Dad to do the school run at obscene speed, so that he still has time to go and collect his mother in laws antique furniture collection. The range of options is now even bigger than ever, with companies like Porsche and Ford also getting involved in this sector of the market. I love these performance estates and cant wait to see what the future holds for them.
Hector Lopez-Valido #Thespoolingturbo