There may not be too many of them, but what CarAndDriver call neo-wagons still exist and the three luxury wagons driven in their latest comparison test includes the Jaguar XF Sportbrake S, Mercedes-Benz E400 4Matic and Volvo V90 T6.
Numbers alone, Jaguar’s XF Sportbrake S AWD is in the lead. The last time North America saw a wagon from Jaguar was back when the X-Type mode was sold around a decade ago and it didn’t fair all that well. Perhaps the new supercharged V-6 engine and all-wheel drive will win over potential customers. With 380 horsepower, the XF Sportbrake S can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 5.2 seconds and its lively handling is nothing to sneeze at either. Where it could use some improvement is in the cabin noise area as there is excessive wind noise around the driver’s side at highway speeds. Still, not a bad choice for a MSRP of $71,445.
Runner up is the Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC wagon, a twin-turbocharged V-6 powered vehicle capable of producing 329 hp and hitting 60 mph in 5 seconds flat. It’s also the most fuel sipping model of the trio at 19 mpg. While some may be won over by the starting price of $64,045, all the optional features start adding up until you have a loaded model like CarAndDriver’s test model, which has a staggering $25,855 worth of extras.
Coming in this is the Volvo V90 T6 AWD at $58,945, making this the most affordable model of the bunch. Inside this “gorgeous all-wheel-drive wagon” is a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine cranking out 316 hp. Sure, it may be labelled as a dull four-banger, but Volvo did nail the design and a fully loaded model will only set you back $69,340.