Hot mama wagons

2013-05-15 13:42

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Bespoke seats, TVs, rear-view cameras… We look at what works for busy moms.

Practical player Volvo V60 T6

Volvo’s top-end V60 T6 is not just one of the safest cars on the road, it’s also one of the most practical.

With enough boot space to fit school bags, gym bags, a laptop bag and a few boxes of shoes, the V60 is quite the Jill of all trades.

Thanks to the standard all-wheel-drive system, the grip is as sticky as lipstick – useful for those slippery winter roads.

Equipped with comfortable leather seats, there’s also a raft of interior features to please any mama – the 12-speaker radio/CD/USB MP3 player, parking sensors that beep louder as you get closer to an obstacle, the electronically adjustable front seats and the trip computer that tells you how far you can drive with your current petrol level.

Quick stats

Engine 3.0-litre T6

Power 224kW

Torque 440Nm

0-100km/h 6.2 seconds

Fuel consumption 10.2 L/100km

CO2 emissions 237g/km

Price From R474 700

Stylin’ station Audi RS 4 Avant

Audi has long made stylish station wagons of all sizes.

The RS 4 Avant is a bold mixture of something beautiful yet lethal – and it makes its intentions quite clear as soon as the start button is pushed.

But the soccer mom isn’t just interested in what this beast sounds like – she wants to know if her bespoke sport seat fits snuggly (which it does) and if her favourite CD plays easily (which it does, through the multimedia interface system).

She’ll appreciate the steering wheel that can be adjusted for height by pushing a button. Even the handbrake is a button.

The boot space is ample and there are eight cupholders.

Dual climate control means passengers have their own fans and temperatures.

Quick stats

Engine 4.2-litre V8

Power 331kW

Torque 430Nm

0-100km/h 4.7 seconds

Fuel consumption 10.7 L/100km

CO2 emissions 249g/km

Price From R893 000

Pimped out Mercedes-Benz CLS shooting brake 63 AMG

A station wagon of a different kind, the CLS Shooting Brake certainly has presence.

Slick, large and subtly pimped out, it comes standard with multi-adjustable seats and a long list of other luxuries.

Optional features include seat warmers and DVD/TV screens for the youngsters at the back.

The satellite navigation is up to date, as is the interior Wi-Fi that connects the car to the internet – how neat! Besides being capable of performing like a race car, this particular model can also swallow up the family, including the St Bernard.

Plus, with its rear-view camera, you almost have eyes in the back of your head.

Quick stats

Engine 5.5-litre Biturbo V8

Power 386kW

Torque 700Nm

0-100km/h 4.3 seconds

Fuel consumption 10.1 L/100km

CO2 emissions 235g/km

Price R1 370 168

Star appeal

Isidingo actress Kgomotso Christopher tells us what she wants from a family drive.

‘Space is definitely a top priority. Apart from that I’m looking at safety, comfort and fuel economy. I also like special features such as TVs in the back, food trays and foldable rear seats that create more space for storage. The TVs are particularly useful to keep the kids occupied and entertained on long trips. Finally, I prefer fuel economy over high performance.’

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