A backwards glance at the current state of the estate.
Who amongst our serried ranks of global carmakers currently makes a genuine estate car? By this I mean a recognisably car-like utility-ish vehicle with a useful, practical fully enclosed load bay which can be enlarged by folding the rear passenger seats; one that isn’t an MPV, some kind of glorified-shooting brake with vaguely sporting pretentions or heaven help us all, a crossover or SUV.
Times and tastes change, and we must all move with them, so the estate car some of us once knew has largely evolved into something else entirely in order to retain relevance. But are they really estates any more, and if not, how would we define a station wagon now?
In today’s reissue, DTW author Sean Patrick explores the ever-shifting semantics of the estate (station wagon or break), and even if he doesn’t necessarily arrive at any definitive conclusions, he makes up for it by ensuring the journey is both an entertaining and informative one – even from the confines of the loadbay. Enjoy your Sunday reading.