Our earlier entry into Purchase/Drive/Burn requested which brougham private luxurious coupe you’d select from the Huge Three for the 1980 mannequin yr. At the moment we’ve acquired a special Massive Three — two Germans and a Swede. (Learn floor guidelines right here.)
All of them provided luxurious wagons with all-wheel drive across the flip of the century, and we hone in on 2004 in the present day. Which one will you drive as much as the Alps after which set on hearth?
Audi A6 Allroad
Earlier than the CUV craze began, Audi utilized some cladding to its A6 Avant, jacked up the suspension, and elevated the price to create the A6 Allroad for 1999. Obtainable with both a 2.7-liter biturbo engine or the full-fats four.2-liter V8 (a superb engine), the Allroad bought in comparatively low numbers in North America till it was cancelled after the 2005 mannequin yr.
Very similar to the Audi, Volvo added cladding and experience peak to the all-wheel drive potion to create the tough and prepared XC70. First out there for 1998, the V70 XC (or Cross Nation), identify swapped to XC70 in 2003, halfway by way of the second era. No inline-six in 2004; we had a 2.5-liter I5. The XC70 acquired a 3rd era, surviving via 2015 earlier than its alternative by the bigger (and stylish) V90 Cross Nation.
Mercedes-Benz E320 4MATIC
For the extra conventional, cladding-free luxurious buyer, Mercedes-Benz held onto a standard wagon format (and nonetheless does), whereas providing its 4Matic system to energy all 4 wheels. Model new in 2004 (the DaimlerChrysler period), the W211 E320 wagon sported revised however conservative styling that was just like its predecessor. It’s powered by the standard three.2-liter V6, as a result of this was a time when the numbers on the again matched the engine’s displacement.
Three totally different wagons offering the identical type of luxurious expertise and maintenance alternatives. Which one goes residence with you as you velocity away from an arson occasion?
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