Sumary of RAY MASSEY : Family favourite estates get sleeker and more sporty:
- But, thankfully, there’s still a healthy market for traditional estate cars, which combine the sophistication of a saloon with the added practicality of an expansive boot.
- The estate car story started in the U.S. in about 1910, when the first station wagons were built by independent manufacturers producing wooden custom bodies for the Ford Model T chassis.
- Space for everyone: Volvo’s bestselling V60 estate (from £34,870) is a stylish alternative to a hulking great SUVAs a result of their distinctive wooden-framed rears, they became known as ‘woodies’.
- Companies focusing on the sportiest estates include newcomer Genesis, which just launched its G70 Shooting Brake model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
- In the name game, Germany’s BMW favours Touring, while Audi goes for Avant.
- The modern MINI estate continues under the stewardship of BMW in the form of the MINI Clubman — also with rear barn doors — priced from £21,200 up to £35,915 for the sporty John Cooper Works version.
- Toyota Corolla: The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports estate is priced from £26,230 for the Icon trim up to £29,620 for Design.
- BMW 3-series Touring: BMW’s 3 Series Touring accounts for a quarter of all ‘3’ sales.