Forbidden grocery getters that make us jealous

The days when station wagons were a thing in the United States are long gone. Not only do U.S. carmakers refuse to make wagons, but European and Japanese companies stopped bringing almost all of their long-roofed vehicles to North America too. With more and more buyers opting for crossovers instead, station wagon offerings have been reduced to a handful of offerings. And, it’s a shame, because U.S. buyers are missing out on a significant amount of cool stations wagons.

Volkswagen Passat Variant

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As if getting an older Passat here in the States isn’t enough, we’re not getting the wagon version either. And because of this, we’re missing out on cool limited-edition models like the Passat Variant R-Line Edition. A decidedly sportier version of the familiar midsize car, the R-Line Edition borrows heavily from the iconic Golf R. It features a dark gray paint, blacked-out trim, darker lights, and bespoke black wheels.

The cabin looks cool as well, featuring black leather upholstery on the seats, brushed steel pedals, and stainless steel door sills.

The 9.2-inch infotainment display is included as standard. The R-Line edition is big on power too. Volkswagen offers a 272-horsepower gasoline engine and a 240-horsepower diesel mill. Only 2,000 will be built, and we’re not getting a single one of them in the United States.

Volkswagen Passat Variant drivetrain specifications
Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Power: 272 horsepower
Torque: 258 pound-feet
0-60 mph: 5.5 seconds
Top speed: 140 mph
Trunk space: Up to 62.9 cubic feet

Read our full review on the 2019 Volkswagen Passat Variant

BMW 5 Series Touring

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BMW used to offer wagons in the United States a few years ago, but it’s no longer the case. The fact that the 5 Series Touring is no longer crossing the pond is rather strange though, as Mercedes-Benz is offering a wagon version of the E-Class. Volvo is also selling the V90 wagon here, so BMW would actually need the 5 Series Touring here. S

adly, there's no official explanation as to why this premium wagon isn't coming to North America, and it's a bit frustrating.

Not only an excellent looking hauler, but the 5 Series Touring also packs as much technology as its sedan counterpart. It has powerful engines too, and it would make one hell of a performance wagon with an "M5" badge. Why, BMW, why?

BMW 5 Series Touring drivetrain specifications
Engine: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Power: 340 horsepower
Torque: 332 pound-feet
0-60 mph: 5.0 seconds
Top speed: 155 mph
Trunk space: Up to 60 cubic feet

Read our full review on the 2019 BMW 5 Series Touring

Ford Focus ST Estate

Once You Realize What the 2019 Ford Focus ST Wagon Offers, You'll Be Sad That It Won't Be Sold in the U.S.
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Ford recently decided to discontinue all cars except for the Mustang in the U.S., so we’ll no longer have access to cool hatchbacks like the Focus ST and Focus RS. Sadly, this means that we won’t get the Focus ST Wagon either.

Essentially a stretched version of the hatchback model, the ST Wagon comes with all the cool styling features seen on the regular ST, including a pair of powerful engines.

This grocery getter features a Mustang-sourced 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine with 276 horsepower and a whopping 310 pound-feet of torque or a 2.0-liter diesel rated at 187 horsepower.

Ford Focus ST Estate drivetrain specifications
Engine: 2.3-liter EcoBoost
Power: 276 horsepower
Torque: 310 pound-feet
0-60 mph: 6.0 seconds
Top speed: 155 mph
Trunk space: Up to 58.3 cubic feet

Read our full review on the 2019 Ford Focus ST Estate

Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate

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While I can give Mercedes-Benz credit for offering wagon versions of the E-Class in the U.S., I’m pretty upset that we’re missing out on the Class Wagon, especially the AMG version.

Smaller and more agile, the AMG C63 S Estate is powerful too thanks to a beefed-up 4.0-liter V-8 that cranks out 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.

Sadly, Mercedes-Benz stopped offering wagon versions of the C-Class many years ago, despite BMW having the 3 Series Sportswagon around until recently. The AMG C63’s absence from the U.S. market also reminds me that the high-performance wagon segment is now smaller than ever.

Mercedes-AMG C63S Estate drivetrain specifications
Engine: 4.0-liter V-8
Power: 503 horsepower
Torque: 516 pound-feet
0-60 mph: 4.0 seconds
Top speed: 155 mph
Trunk space: Up to 53.3 cubic feet

Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate

Audi RS4 Avant

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Although it offers an Allroad version of the A4 — its only wagon in the U.S. for that matter — Audi dropped the ball in the performance department, much like Mercedes-Benz did. This aggressive looking grocery getter is both practical and fast. While Audi dropped the old 4.2-liter V-8, the new 2.9-liter V-6 is nothing to sneeze at.

The turbocharged mill cranks out 450 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque and sends the wagon flying from 0 to 60 mph in around four seconds.

Its top speed is limited to 155 mph, but you can raise that limit to hit 174 mph with the RS Dynamic package.

Audi RS4 Avant drivetrain specifications
Engine: 2.9-liter V-6
Power: 450 horsepower
Torque: 443 pound-feet
0-60 mph: 4.0 seconds
Top speed: 174 mph
Trunk space: Up to 53.3 cubic feet

Read our full review on the 2019 Audi RS4 Avant

Audi S6 Avant

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Essentially a bigger version of the RS4 Avant, the S6 Avant is just as cool styling-wise. It has sportier front and rear fascias, black detailing, and a sleek look overall. Although it’s doesn’t have an "RS" badge, the S6 is no slouch. Its 3.0-liter V-6 engine delivers a robust 349 horsepower and a whopping 516 pound-feet of torque.

And here's the cool thing: the engine is a diesel, and the system also includes a 48-volt starter-generator system.

Granted, diesels are far from popular in the U.S., but it would be an exotic competitor for the wagon version of the Mercedes-AMG E63.

Audi S6 Avant drivetrain specifications
Engine: 3.0-liter V-6 diesel
Power: 349 horsepower
Torque: 516 pound-feet
0-60 mph: 5.1 seconds
Top speed: 155 mph
Trunk space: Up to 59.3 cubic feet

Read our full review on the 2019 Audi S6 Avant

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

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While the previous-generation 3 Series Sports Wagon stood proud as the only offering in this premium segment, the new-generation model won’t return to the U.S.

The German sedan has yet to spawn a wagon version as of June 2019, but word has BMW isn't planning on shipping it Stateside.

This decision means that you will no longer be able to buy a compact premium wagon. Mercedes-Benz isn’t selling the C-Class Wagon here, while the A4 Avant is only available in its off-road-oriented Allroad variant. That’s a big shame, as the new M340i trim is a cool sporty vehicle thanks to a 3.0-liter inline-six turbo engine that delivers 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon drivetrain specifications
Engine: 3.0-liter inline-six
Power: 382 horsepower
Torque: 369 pound-feet
0-60 mph: 4.5 seconds
Top speed: 155 mph
Trunk space: Up to 53 cubic feet

Read our full review on the 2018 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake mixes style and space in Geneva
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While CLS Shooting Brake was discontinued for the new generation, Mercedes-Benz unveiled a brand-new CLA Shooting Brake at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Unfortunately, it won’t make it to the U.S. The sleek wagon was launched in 250 trim, which means that it features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 221 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. Of course, hotter AMG CLA35 and AMG CLA45 versions will follow, a thought that makes us even more jealous of European customers.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake drivetrain specifications
Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Power: 221 horsepower
Torque: 258 pound-feet
0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds
Top speed: 130 mph
Trunk space: not yet available

Read our full review on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake

Mazda6 Tourer

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The Mazda6 might not be as luxurious as a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz, but it’s definitely a looker. Its sleek, coupe-like profile, sporty front fascia, and elegant rear end make it into one of the hottest looking sedans on the planet. And surprisingly enough, the Tourer model looks equally exciting.

Unfortunately, while the sedan is available in the United States, the station wagon isn't. And it doesn't seem like Mazda will change its mind anytime soon.

The only downside is that the Mazda6 Tourer isn’t awfully powerful. It’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generates 145 horsepower and 157 pound-feet of torque, so it’s not the quickest station wagon out there.

Mazda6 Tourer drivetrain specifications
Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Power: 145 horsepower
Torque: 157 pound-feet
0-60 mph: 10 seconds
Top speed: 128 mph
Trunk space: Up to 58.2 cubic feet

Read our full review on the 2018 Mazda6 Tourer

Volkswagen Golf R SportWagen

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We saw it coming via spy shots, and here it is: the Golf R Variant. Oddly enough, it’s debuting at the 2014 LA Auto Show but all signs still point to it being a Europe-only model.

Although the Golf R hatchback is offered in the U.S., its longer variant, the SportWagen, isn’t. This is somewhat weird since Volkswagen offered the raised, all-road version of the station wagon. And, of course, it’s frustrating that we’re forbidden to enjoy yet another high-performance grocery getter. Essentially a longer Golf R, the SportWagen features the same beefed-up four-cylinder engine that generates 296 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

This wagon is able to sprint to 60 mph in only five seconds, and it tops out at 155 mph, a figure that puts it on par with the premium offerings.
Volkswagen Golf R Sportwagen drivetrain specifications
Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Power: 296 horsepower
Torque: 280 pound-feet
0-60 mph: 5.0 seconds
Top speed: 155 mph
Trunk space: Up to 57.2 cubic feet

Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R SportWagen

Skoda Octavia vRS Estate

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The Octavia vRS Estates takes us into seriously uncharted territory. That’s because the Skoda brand isn’t even present in the U.S. So while the vehicles above are missing from an U.S.-available brand’s lineup, there’s no way you can get a Skoda over here and that won’t change anytime soon. Famous for being the Volkswagen Group’s most affordable carmaker, Skoda made serious progress in recent years, and its cars now have nicer interiors, more appealing exteriors, and more powerful drivetrains.

The wagon in question is actually powered by the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine found in the Volkswagen Golf GTI, but a diesel variant is also available.

Go with the gasoline model, and it comes with 242 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque on tap. Not bad for an affordable but appealing grocery getter.

Skoda Octavia vRS Estate drivetrain specifications
Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Power: 242 horsepower
Torque: 258 pound-feet
0-60 mph: 6.5 seconds
Top speed: 140 mph
Trunk space: Up to 61.4 cubic feet

Read our full review on the 2018 Skoda Octavia vRS Estate

Subaru Levorg STI Sport

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Unlike other vehicles in this list, the Levorg STI Sport is limited to the Japanese market. So Europe doesn’t get it either. The Levorg name might sound exotic, but this car is actually very related to the Legacy.

In this case, the wagon shares many features with the Legacy Touring. But the really cool thing about it is the STI package.

Modded by Subaru’s motorsport division, the Levorg STI is a true-blue high-performance wagon. The 2.0-liter flat-four engine from the WRX delivers an astounding 296 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, while the interior features a pair of Recaro front seats and upholstery from leather and Alcantara. The only downside is that it comes with a CVT transmission only, but it remains fast and practical.

Subaru Levorg STI Sport drivetrain specifications
Engine: 2.0-liter flat-four
Power: 296 horsepower
Torque: 258 pound-feet
0-60 mph: 6.6 seconds
Top speed: 150 mph
Trunk space: Up to 51 cubic feet

Read our full review on the 2018 Subaru Levorg STI Sport

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