Volkswagen Golf Wagon 90TSI … $29,490 plus on-road and dealer costs. 1.4-litre turbo 4-cyl; 90kW/200Nm; 7-speed dual-clutch auto; 6.2L/100km and 144g/km CO2; FWD.
Value No alloy wheels, no cruise, eight-speaker stereo with optional iPod connectivity and Bluetooth. Three-year, 100,000-kilometre warranty.
Safety Hatch gets five-star EuroNCAP rating. Six airbags, stability control. Parking sensors, reversing camera extra.
Inside Stylish and spacious. More rear legroom than Golf hatch and rear seats fold down for 1495 litres of cargo room.
Engine 1.4-litre turbo engine wants premium unleaded but gives good performance and economy. DSG auto can hesitate off the line.
How it drives Loves corners (despite slight body roll), rides well
Verdict $2000 price premium over hatch makes the wagon a pricey proposition but attention to detail wins.