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Ditch The SUV And Try One Of These Wagons Instead

Ditch The SUV And Try One Of These Wagons Instead

Ready to break away from the herd? One of these wagons might be the solution…

In case you haven’t noticed, American consumers are still enamored with the idea of driving around in a tall-bodied, relatively off-road capable SUV with loads of space to haul around many people and lots of things. Sales of such vehicles continue to rise, and automakers are responding by churning out new models by the truckload. But is there a better means to achieve similar ends? What if, for example, you want something with the capability, cargo space, and attitude of an SUV, but the maneuverability, ease of use, and comfort of a regular passenger car? Luckily, such a combo does exist, and we’ve got five of the best examples on the market lined up right here in this in-depth comparison article.

The five vehicles in question are (in alphabetical order) the Audi A4 Allroad, the Mini Clubman All4, the Subaru Outback, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, and the Volvo V60 Cross Country. That’s right folks – wagons, representing a diverse price range and wide array of tastes. Once the torchbearer of utility and practicality, the wagon body style has declined in popularity with the rise of the SUV. But just because something is trendy doesn’t mean it’s good, right? Read on to find out what makes these five vehicles fantastic alternatives to the SUV status quo. You rebel, you.

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New MINI gets a Five-Star NCAP rating

New MINI gets a Five-Star NCAP rating

The new MINI Cooper has received the highest-possible score of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP Crash Test. This latest achievement underlines superior safety, gutsy engines, razor-sharp steering and a finely-tuned chassis as key characteristics of the new MINI.
Outstanding results in head-on and side-on/pillar crash tests showed risk of injury to occupants to be minimal. The new MINI Cooper achieved 13 out of 16 points for deformation behaviour in a head-on collision, and 16 from 18 points in the (...)

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BMW Hams Hall Plant Produces One Millionth Engine

BMW Hams Hall Plant Produces One Millionth Engine

On 16 April, a 2.0-litre petrol engine ordered by a customer for a new three-door version of the BMW 1 Series was the one millionth engine to be produced at the Hams Hall plant since production started at the state-of-the-art West Midlands factory in January 2001. Breaking the one million barrier marks a major milestone in the plant’s development and underlines its growing importance in the international production network of the BMW Group as the centre of competence for four-cylinder engine (...)

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Mini at Auto Shanghai 2007

Mini at Auto Shanghai 2007

The new MINI continues its worldwide triumph. At the 12th International Automobile & Manufacturing Technology Exhibition - or Auto Shanghai 2007 for short - the new MINI Cooper will be the central focus of the brand’s presentation. The new generation of the MINI is now causing a stir in Asia’s growth markets, thus again confirming the global popularity of the fascinating brand MINI. In the Chinese business metropolis of Shanghai, MINI also presents another facet of its characteristic (...)

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Mini Cooper and Cooper S at New York Auto Show

Mini Cooper and Cooper S at New York Auto Show

The all-new second generation MINI Cooper and Cooper S hardtops will be featured at the New York International Auto Show, following their successful US debut and market launch last month. The new MINI Cooper and Cooper S hardtops build upon the design success of the first generation MINI models which offer a go-kart like reflexes and the ability for customers to individualize their car. The most successful premium small car in the world has been updated in a way that is evolutionary in (...)

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Mini at 2007 Geneva Motor Show

Mini at 2007 Geneva Motor Show

Small car, large variety: With the world premiere for two additional model variants, Mini will be presents at the 77th International Motor Show in Geneva. For the first time the public can see between 8th to the 18 March 2007 the new Mini One and the new Mini Cooper D on the Geneva.
Few months after the successful debut of the new Mini Cooper S and the new Mini Cooper four versions of the compact hatch will be available for buyers.
As a base variant, the new Mini One will be offered (...)

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2001 BMW Mini

2001 BMW Mini

2001

The Mini (from Latin "small") is the name of a small car produced from 1959 to 2000, and the name of its replacement (known as New MINI) launched in 2001.

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