BMW 3-series sports wagon (2014 sales: 3687)
It's fitting that this list starts off with a station wagon. Like most enthusiasts, we love wagons with the same intensity with which the American car-buying public disdains them. With a lower center of gravity than an SUV or crossover, they have all the handling goodness of a sports sedan yet their expanded cargo hold adds an extra measure of practicality. Even when confronted with an example as excellent as the BMW 3-series Sports Wagon, U.S. shoppers stay away in droves, flocking instead to the X1 (which outsells the 3-series wagon by more than 5 to 1). BMW offers the longroof 3-series in two versions: gasoline-powered 328i and diesel-drinking 328d. Both add the xDrive appendage to their name, as they're sold with four driven wheels only. The 328i uses BMW's ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbo four, with 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft. Working with the eight-speed automatic (the only gearbox available), it hustles the little hauler to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds. The 328d uses a turbo-diesel of the same displacement; its forte is fuel economy, with EPA ratings of 31/43 mpg (we can vouch for the highway figure, based on our experience with our long-termer). Either way, this wagon is a winner-in every aspect except sales.
From what I've seen, the wagon prices are not too cheap. Consider a low mileage CPO Elite.My GF and I may be in the market for a 3 series wagon and wondering what kind of deals can be had. We would likely order, but if the dealer can put together a deal that beats a similarly equipped Volvo (roughly $5k cheaper MSRP), the GF may go for it. 3 years ago we looked at a 328it in the lot and the dealer blew me away with a lease offer. Way below my numbers. We couldn't make it work due to an issue selling her car back to the dealer, but this time around it could be worth a shot!
That's exactly what you get when you let people drive AND price fuel at 1.5 Euro/liter. It is normally quite a bit higher.The 3er in Germany sells nearly 60% as the touring (our sport wagon) version. And near the same percentages as diesel vs gas.