Volvo V60

WOW FACTOR: Named best large family car in the 2011 Euro-NCAP rating

Wagons are generally the librarians of cars: useful, clever and (usually) not sexy. They’re also often created with practicality in mind – the designers don’t give a hoot about a sporty design or exciting driving properties. Not with the V60. This sports wagon adores narrow, winding country roads where every bend brings a new challenge. Does this mean that it’s not practical? Nope. It’s a wonderfully comfortable family car, and the boot is a fair size too (430 litres).

PRICE: From R330 100