If you're in the market for a wagonlike vehicle with sporting pretensions and can spend $30,000, there are some interesting choices outside of the 2008 Audi A3.
A traditional wagon such as the BMW 3-Series or the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen might not have all-wheel drive, but each has more cargo room than the more compact Audi A3--and in the Jetta's case, a coming diesel option.
Look to Japan and the Infiniti EX has all-wheel drive as an option, but the base car is a rear-driver spun from the hot-handling G35 sedan, one of our favorite luxury sport sedans.
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|18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I5||Gas I6||Gas V6|
|Small Station Wgn||Wagon||Compact||Small Station Wagon|
|4-Door HB Manual FrontTrak PZEV||4-Door Manual S PZEV||4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV||RWD 4-Door|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door HB||4 Door||4 Door Sedan||4 Door SUV|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual||Automatic w/OD|