Wonderfully styled, hugely enjoyable to drive, strong diesel engines
Not especially practical, less boot space than the saloon, reliability issues
The 156 Sportwagon is a 'lifestyle estate', which in short means that it's trendy, respectable to have on the drive, but lacks the interior space of a traditional load-lugger. Its subtle and pure styling may give it the edge over rivals like the BMW 3-Series as the choice of a design-led individual, but it's neither as solidly built nor as spacious as its German rivals.
It gives a lot of driving pleasure even with the smaller engines, and it's also much cheaper to buy.