Hands up if you like glass! The more windows the better, right?
For fellow lovers of 8 windows, this is for you – a quick celebration and justification for loving estate cars/wagons:
Years ago a good friend bought an Impreza wagon and claimed the 8 window version was better than the saloon. At the time I thought he was mental – half of the pure awesomeness of Imprezas is the huge spoilers stuck on their boots. In my mind, the wagon version was a poor relative.
He was a few years older though, looking at becoming a family man, so I put his temporary insanity down to this. But over the years I’ve either become slightly more unhinged too, or liking 8 windows is a right of passage into some kind of middle age-dom.
I now look at estate cars as the obvious option. Why not have the extra room at the back? It’s a whole lot more useful and in many cases they’re beginning to look better than the saloon versions. Audi A4 saloon or Audi A4 Avant – it’s Avant every time. Any Volvo saloon or the estate version, again, the estate wins on looks.
In the tuning world or car enthusiast world estate models have always been the ‘oddball’ choice unless it’s like the Audi RS2 – where estate was the only option. In an age where owning more than one car is becoming prohibitively more expensive though, perhaps the rise of the 8 window car is now; who didn’t like the idea of a Focus ST estate? Fast, easy to use, practical and better looking than the 5-door only hatchback – manufacturers may even be cottoning onto this.
And generally speaking, older ‘unloved’ estate models are cheaper than their coupe or saloon siblings which makes them even more appealing. You’re more likely to find a well kept Impreza wagon than a saloon, and you’ll probably pay less for it too. It doesn’t have the same cache, that’s something I’d happily admit, but if you don’t care too much what others think and want the space, a certain unique style and some added wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing kudos, 8 windows are the way forward.
Further proof to be found here: