Estate, station wagon, avant, variant – whatever you want to call it – everyone can appreciate a cool wagon. On a visit to this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, amongst the floods of hypercars, supercars and new releases, stood a number of these seriously cool (and seriously fast) ‘practical’ family cars.
Here’s a list of our top 5 wagons from this year’s Geneva International Motor Show;
TOP SPOT – Techart Grand GT Supreme
Not just my favourite wagon but also my favourite car of the whole show. Based on the top performance Porsche Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid Sport Turismo (try saying that after a few pints), this creation from Techart is more than just a pretty face. The Techart treatment includes not only the visual upgrades but a power boost taking this family estate to a massive 770bhp, so the school run shouldn’t be a problem!
2 – ABT Audi RS4+
Audi tuners ABT presented their latest adaptation of the RS4. After the success of their RS4-R which was limited to 50 units, ABT decided to create the RS4+, also limited to only 50 units – so the likelihood of you ever seeing one of these on the road are slim to none. If you are lucky enough to see one on the road, chances are it’s going to be overtaking you, with 510bhp this family-friendly estate is no slouch.
3 – Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo Touring
Alpina, a manufacturer who develop high performance & comfort versions of BMW models, brought along a selection of vehicles including this B5 Bi-Turbo Touring. Based on BMW’s 5 Series model, the Alpina B5 is powered by a tuned version of the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 from the BMW 750i. This means, this classy tourer comes with 600 horses under the bonnet and is capable of 200mph – more than enough for chewing up the autobahn for which this car is designed. The B5 is not designed for racing around the Nürburgring but instead for everyday use, so comfort is priority – it’s also stunning to look at whilst staying pretty subtle!
4 – Tesla Model S Shooting Brake
Ok there’s a lot of green going on in this list, but frankly I don’t care – green is well and truly back in fashion.
This coachbuilt shooting brake from Niels Van Roij is a work of art. Commissioned by a Dutch collector & shooting brake super fan, this variant of the Tesla Model S is one of the best-looking wagons I have ever seen. The company built this car as a one-off but have since opened orders for up to 20 to be built and plan on continuing to build bespoke variants of luxury vehicles in future. The interior of the car was also given a bit of a redesign, with new interior panels being made to suit the new body shape, as well as a retrim with green piping to match the custom paint colour. I’m excited to see what Neils Van Roij come up with next!
5 – Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake
Last but not green, the latest offering from Mercedes. A simple and elegant design based on the front-wheel-drive A-class platform. Though not as rare, powerful or expensive as the other cars in this list, this ‘compact’ estate is far more affordable and looks great. Available with either a 1.6-litre petrol or 2.1-litre diesel engine, the CLA makes a great everyday hatchback a little more practical. Though there is also the option of a CLA54 AMG version with 375bhp, we are yet to see this in it’s shooting brake guise – but we look forward to the day we do, at least we might get the opportunity to see this one out in the wild!
Which would you have?
Photography by Mike Scott