You can still buy a fast, practical car with a hatch on a budget.
The new Mercedes E63 is one of our favorite cars on the market, especially when ordered in the wagon body style. The E63 S is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 603 hp and 607 lb-ft of torque going out to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic. With all of this power, the E63 is easily the fastest wagon on the market. But there is a downside: it carries a base price of $106,950. If you want to buy a fast, practical car that has a liftback hatch, we've got you covered with five cheaper alternatives to the Mercedes E63 wagon.
The newest Panamera is a huge improvement over the old model, and Porsche even added a stunning wagon version called the Sport Turismo. The old Panamera never came as a wagon, but it did have a practical hatchback design. We didn't want to settle for a normal Panamera, so we filtered our search for the 500-hp Turbo model. We were staggered to find out that you can now find a Panamera Turbo from around 2010 to 2012 for around $40,000 to $50,000. It may be around 100 hp down on the Mercedes, but that isn't bad for a car that is half the price.
Similar to the old Panamera, Audi never sold the wagon variant of the RS6 in the US. Instead, we did receive a liftback hatchback sedan known as the RS7. We've always wanted to drive the RS6 in the US, but the RS7 is still a very practical car. We found a couple of 2014 model year RS7 models for around $60,000. That makes it the most expensive "cheap" alternative on the list, but it does come with the most power. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in the RS7 produces a healthy 560 hp, which can almost challenge the new E63 AMG.
Let's just say you absolutely want a fast AMG wagon, but can't afford the new E63. In that case a used one could be a really good alternative. We found a certified pre-owned 2012 model for around $60,000, but a non-warrantied model can be as little as around $45,000. The 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 in this generation E63 produced anywhere between 518 to 550 hp. Unlike the new car, this generation was also available with RWD, so it can perform burnouts much easier.
So far, all of the models on the list have been rather large. Some people prefer a smaller, more nimble wagon. And for them we propose the Volvo V60 Polestar. This limited edition wagon is arguably the best looking model on the list. The V60 Polestar either came with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six or a 2.0-liter twin-charged four-cylinder with 345 or 367 hp respectively. We found a few 2016 models with the inline-six for between $45,000 to $50,000. This is the newest car on the list, and is also one of the rarest.
The Subaru WRX STI is currently only available as a sedan, but Subaru used to sell an awesome hatchback version. It may be the least powerful model on the list, but the STI still produces 305 hp from a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four. The Subaru is also the cheapest model on the list, and can be found for well under $30,000.