The ‘reasonably priced’ wagon is one thing of a dying breed – which solely makes us need it extra.

The cliche goes that motoring journalists are solely actually happy behind the wheel of a station wagon with a handbook transmission – and it’s not incorrect.

At CarAdvice, our wagon-loving methods take many varieties, however we are able to all agree on one factor: it’s the superior physique sort.

Whereas we are able to bemoan the rise of the SUV till we (and also you, expensive readers) are blue within the face, it does imply the shortage of the wagon on our roads simply ups its cool issue even additional.

Thus, truly discovering a brand new wagon for an affordable entry-level value is changing into an increasing number of difficult.

With even essentially the most compact of hatchbacks rising in value this 12 months (ahem, Toyota Yaris, we’re taking a look at you), the spacious wagon now comes at much more of a value premium.

Nonetheless, it’s attainable to get a brand new mannequin for underneath $40,000 – even for underneath $20,000 if you realize the place to look! Listed here are 5 wagons that will not break the financial institution (notably in case you can snag a tempting drive-away deal).


1. Skoda Fabia wagon

Australia’s most reasonably priced wagon is likely to be small, but it surely nonetheless provides extra cargo area than your common hatchback. Obtainable in front-wheel-drive solely, Fabia consumers have the selection of two powertrain set-ups: a 70kW/160Nm, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine paired to the five-speed handbook transmission, or a 81kW/200Nm, 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission. The Fabia wagon is roughly 4.26m lengthy and 1.7m broad, so contemplate it like a stretched Volkswagen Polo or Toyota Yaris.

Value vary: From $18,890 for the 70TSI handbook, as much as $25,490 for the Monte Carlo automated (earlier than on-road prices)
Present drive-away provides: From $18,990 drive-away for the 70TSI handbook, or from $21,990 for the 81TSI automated
Boot dimension: 530 litres (1395 litres with the rear seats folded)
ANCAP security ranking: 5 stars, examined in 2015
Guarantee: 5-year/limitless kilometre


2. Volkswagen Golf wagon

It might not be as well-known as its hatchback stablemate, however the property model of the favored Volkswagen Golf makes for a sublime – and surprisingly reasonably priced – wagon different. Followers of the punchy Golf powertrain can be happy with the 1.4-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and seven-speed automated making 110kW and 250Nm, however can up the ante with the R variant, which boasts a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine pumping out 213kW of energy and 380Nm of torque. Should you’re prepared to attend and see, there’s additionally an opportunity the recently-unveiled 2021 Golf Estate R-Line and Golf Alltrack wagons will quickly be accessible too – though each are but to be confirmed for a neighborhood launch.

Value vary: From $29,290 for the 110TSI Trendline automated, as much as $57,990 for the R AWD automated (earlier than on-road prices)
Present drive-away provides: N/A
Boot dimension: 605 litres (1620 litres with the rear seats folded)
ANCAP security ranking: 5 stars, examined in 2013 (excludes all-wheel drive variants that are untested)
Guarantee: 5-year/limitless kilometre


3. Skoda Octavia wagon

Should you want a bit extra room than the Fabia provides and have a bit extra cash to splurge, the Octavia wagon is a medium-sized passenger automotive with added practicality. Energy is courtesy of a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 110kW of energy and 250Nm of torque, paired to both a six-speed handbook or seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission (all variants are front-wheel drive). Higher but, the wagon is ready to get one other cargo enhance when the marginally bigger 2021 Octavia lands in native showrooms in early 2021. We’re additionally crossing our fingers that the high-riding Octavia Scout wagon (revealed in 2020) makes its strategy to Australia.

Value vary: From $29,490 for the 110TSI automated, as much as $49,090 for the RS245 automated (earlier than on-road prices)
Present drive-away provides: From $28,990 drive-away for the 110TSI handbook or from $31,490 drive-away for the 110TSI DSG automated
Boot dimension: 588 litres (1718 litres with rear seats folded)
ANCAP security ranking: 5 stars, examined in 2016 (applies to all front-wheel drive variants)
Guarantee: 5-year/limitless kilometre


4. Peugeot 308 wagon

The only wagon providing within the Peugeot 308 line-up, the Touring variant boasts a cavernous cargo space and a single powertrain alternative – a 1.2-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol engine producing 96kW and 230Nm and sending energy to the entrance wheels. The design provides a premium really feel however at a mid-range value level, whereas its cargo area is the choose of this bunch, with a whopping 625 litres available for when you want to match every little thing however the kitchen sink.

Value vary: From $32,499 for the Attract Touring automated (earlier than on-road prices)
Present drive-away provides: N/A
Boot dimension: 625 litres (1740 with the rear seats folded)
ANCAP security ranking: 5 stars, examined in 2014
Guarantee: 5-year/limitless kilometre


5. Mazda 6 wagon

The priciest providing on this checklist, the Mazda 6 wagon is an intriguing different to the Japanese model’s common SUV choices, with its elegant, understated strains and boot area to beat its CX-5 sibling. Priced at simply over $1000 greater than the sedan variants, it is accessible throughout 4 specification grades. Within the increased GT and Atenza grades, there’s loads of torque on faucet from the two.5-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which boasts a most 170kW and 420Nm from 2000rpm. In the meantime, the decrease Sport and Touring grades boast most outputs of 140kW and 252Nm. All variants obtain a six-speed automated transmission driving the entrance wheels solely.

Value vary: From $35,790 for the Sport automated, as much as $51,190 for the Atenza automated (earlier than on-road prices)
Present drive-away provides: N/A
Boot dimension: 506 litres (1648 with rear seats folded)
ANCAP security ranking: 5 stars, examined in 2018
Guarantee: 5-year/limitless kilometre


MODEL MINIMUM PRICE MAXIMUM PRICE
Skoda Fabia wagon $18,890 $25,490
Volkswagen Golf wagon $29,290 $57,990
Skoda Octavia wagon $29,490 $49,090
Peugeot 308 wagon $32,499 $32,499
Mazda 6 wagon $35,790 $51,190

Notice: All costs exclude on-road prices.