SUV or station wagon – which is best?
SUVs have eclipsed station wagons, sedans and hatches as the go-to family car over the last decade, but are they the better option?
SUVs have been the clear body style of choice for Australians in 2023. Small, medium and large SUVs accounted for almost 60 per cent of new car sales in July 2023 according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). Three of the month's top five selling cars were SUVs: the MG ZS, Tesla Model Y, and Toyota RAV4. Passenger vehicles, meanwhile, represented less than 1 in 5 brand new cars sold.
As auto makers stop producing passenger cars such as hatches and wagons, there will be room for SUVs to capture even more market share. Recently, Volkswagen announced that they will no longer be producing station wagons, pulling the Golf, Passat and Arteon wagons in favour of more popular SUV models. They may be followed by the remaining small number of car manufacturers still selling station wagons in Australia.
This is big news, considering the station wagon's long history in Australia as a family hauler of choice. These days, however, fewer buyers consider purchasing a station wagon as their new car.
Are SUVs necessarily the better choice? Might it be worth considering a station wagon over an SUV? We’ve looked into the pros and cons of each style to help you make an informed car-buying decision.