Cars come in different shapes and sizes, with each having some positive and negative aspects due to its shape and size. One of the models/shapes that have been around for a while is the station wagon or simply referred to as wagons/estate. Wagons are cars with a rear roof that is extended rearward without any separation of the cargo and passenger area, enabling ease of access to the cargo area while in the car. One of the major advantages of the wagons is their superior cargo area compared to sedans. In the rows below, we will take a look at several popular used station wagon car models that can be purchased for less than US $2000.
Subaru Legacy Touring Wagon ($1500~)
The Subaru Legacy Touring Wagon is a popular family car that combines performance excellence, a spacious interior, and an AWD grip to fit most people’s lifestyles.
The front looks of the Wagon feature an angular raked nose, projector headlights, with a large chrome-plated grille. The legacy is fitted with privacy glass at the rear and alloy wheels give the car a sporty look.
The Legacy has a very well-built and spacious interior. The binnacle has two large chrome-ringed meters with a black-and-white digital information screen in between.
The steering wheel consists of audio, cruise control, and Bluetooth phone connectivity buttons. Atop the dash, there is a small display that displays fuel economy information.
The front and rear seats are very comfortable with plenty of legroom. The rear center seating position is flat due to the absence of a transmission tunnel.
The Legacy wagon’s boot is 526 liters with seats up and 1,677 liters with seats folded.
The Standard engine of the Legacy Wagon is the 2.5-liter EJ25 that produces 165 HP. There are also other engine options depending on the year of manufacture and trim.
Toyota Succeed Wagon ($1700~)
Toyota Succeed is a 5-door 5-seat station wagon that is famous for its flexibility in carrying passengers and cargo. The Succeed was unveiled in 2002 as a commercial vehicle that can be for commercial use or passenger use.
The front seats of the Succeed come with a fixed headrest, offer enough legroom, and are comfortable enough for a car in this category, while the rear bench seat offers enough comfort for short commutes, and the legroom is not that good, but the absence of a central transmission tunnel makes it easy to accommodate three passengers at the back.
The Succeed has adequate storage compartments such as an open glove box, cup holders, and door pockets. The cargo area of the Succeed is 183cm with a capacity to carry 450kg.
The Succeed came with different engines but the most common were the 1.3-liter (2NZ-FE) and 1.5-liter (1NZ-FE) petrol engines. The output power of these engines was 87 HP and 109 HP respectively. The engines were mated with either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual, with 4WD as an option.
Toyota Probox Wagon ($1400~)
The Toyota Probox is a 5-door 5-seats car that is only available as a station wagon. In many parts, the Probox is used as a light commercial vehicle, whereby it is used for ferrying goods or passengers. This is made possible by the ample space that the Probox offers, with enough legroom for front and rear passengers, but legroom is not that good, especially if you are more than 6 feet tall.
Basic interior features of the Probox include a radio, A/C, power/manual windows. With regards to storage, you get cup holders, door pockets, an open glove box, and a tray under the steering. The cargo area is massive and the biggest selling point of the Probox, and this area can be increased by folding the rear seat to get the maximum cargo area.
The Probox is boxy, with large halogen headlights and a mid-size grille. As standard, the Probox comes fitted with 13-inch steel rims.
The Probox comes fitted with a 1.5-liter 1NZ engine that produces 109 HP with average fuel consumption of 23 KM/L as standard. This engine is mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, with 4WD as an option.
Volkswagen Golf Variant ($1000~)
The VW Golf Variant is a 5-door 5-seat useful and state-of-the-art station wagon. The Variants interior is a touch above the rest. The seats are so comfortable and supportive with enough legroom and headroom. The dashboard is well designed with useful buttons within reach and user-friendly. Its 8-inch infotainment system features a DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, USB connection, and VW’s Think Blue trip computer.
The Variant is not short of storage, it offers a glove compartment, a deep bin between the front seats, door pockets, front seat jacket pockets, and cup holders. The Variant has a 605-liters boot that can be increased to 1620-liters with the rear seats folded.
The Variant depending on the year of manufacture comes with a 1.2-liter to 1.4-liter engine that produces 74 HP to 148 HP. The engines are mated with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
The exterior looks of the Variant are restrained and simple featuring a well-designed grille at the front with headlamps that include LED daytime running lamps and LED tail-lights at the rear. All models come fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels.
Audi A4 ($1000~)
The Audi A4 Wagon (Avant) is a 5-door 5-seat car with a spacious interior. There is a lot of space at the front, while at the rear, due to the presence of the transmission tunnel only two adults or three children can sit comfortably. There are three ISOFIX child-seat mounts, two on the back seats and one on the front passenger seat.
There’s plenty of storage areas around the interior, with good-sized door pockets, a deep cubbyhole between the front seats, two front cup-holders, and a glovebox. The A4 Wagon has 495-liters of boot space with the rear seats in place and 1495-liters with rear seats folded.
Under the hood, the A4 has utilized several engines that are all very good; with great power ranging from 100 HP to 190 HP, great efficiency, and impressive refinement. These engines are mated with a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, with 4WD as an option.
The biggest selling point of station wagons is their cargo-carrying capacity, but apart from that, it’s their versatility. So whenever the need arises for a car that has a large cargo capacity but can also accommodate passengers, go no further and consider these. Please visit BE FORWARD and find your next car.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya