The station wagon (or estate car) has evolved from its early use as a specialized vehicle to carry people and luggage to and from a train station. There aren’t many station wagons on the market today, having fallen by the wayside due to the popularity of minivans, SUVs and now crossovers. The reviewer here claims he has spent lots of time in and have owned a number of these vehicle-types. However, he always missed the car-like ride and easy of entry, exit and loading of a true station wagon.
Admittedly, I’ve been smitten with the Mercedes Benz E-class station wagon through many of its generations. Other station wagon offerings on the market today come mostly from European brands—they are extremely popular in Europe, and there is also the relatively new Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon. The CTS Sport Wagon and the Audi A6 Avant are the closest in size to the E350, with the E’s one slight advantage being the rear-facing third seat making it a 7-passenger. full review