In the United States, wagons aren’t really very popular. In fact, on the list of things American like more than wagons, things like the Plague and O.J. Simpson might be on there. However, across the pond, people love wagons. Europeans buy more wagons than saloons (sedans, here), and it’s very easy to see why. Wagons offer much extra practicality over their standard trunk-bearing siblings, without any penalty in performance or handling. The only downside to many wagons is that they simply don’t look as good as saloon cars or coupes. But Audi is the exception to that rule.
Most of the time, when looking at wagon versions of normal cars, if it looks good, it looks good for a wagon and not just for a car in general. But when looking at many of Audi’s wagons, they look downright fabulous. This is even more true for S and RS models, which look better in wagon “Avant” form than in traditional saloon form. BMW makes a pretty good looking 3 Series wagon and the new Mercedes-Benz C Class Estate is pretty nice as well. Even Volvo makes some very nice looking wagons. But neither of are as good looking wagons as the A4 or A6 Avant.
Plus, the fact that Audi makes S and RS Avants is an advantage for the Four-Ringed brand. Most other car companies don’t make wagons, nevermind hot wagons. BMW has never made a wagon version of its M3, though there was an M5 Touring wagon for a time. Mercedes-AMG makes Estates, but in very limited numbers. Audi pumps out RS Avants all day long. In fact, the upcoming RS4 is starting life out as an Avant, and will have a traditional saloon variant come later, as it’s the more popular model.
This is good news for European enthusiasts, as RS Avants are probably the most usable high-performance cars on the road. They offer supercar-killing performance (the current RS6 Avant can do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds) with the practicality of a crossover SUV. How can you not love that best-of-both-worlds nature. Audi RS Avants are pretty much the only performance cars that let you have your cake and eat it, too. Plus, they just look so damn fantastic.
The current Audi RS6 Avant is on a short list of cars that I’d give up a non-vital organ for, as it looks so menacing, but has an absolutely gorgeous cabin, insane power and performance and I can fit my dog in the back. It’s literally the perfect performance car. Sure, the same can be said for the Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate, but it doesn’t look half as good as the RS6 Avant.