With the good news that Oppo is safe for now, let’s head back to our roots with a comparison between three Euro wagons. The ones featured today are all FWD and have generally more plebeian underpinnings in the form of the Opel Vectra, the Ford Focus, and the larger Ford Mondeo. However, the wagons themselves all compete as near-luxury models, thus the question is either which starting point was the best or which manufacturer has done the best job in hiding its foundations? That’s for you to decide; here are the options:

The first contestant: 2008 Saab 9-3 SportCombi 2.0T- $5995

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No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. This 146K mile 9-3 has none other than a manual 6 speed Saab F40 transmission behind its 2.o turbocharged Ecotec 4. Besides that, it looks in rather good condition, with clean leather as well as that extremely fetching Fusion Blue Metallic adorning the sleek facelifted lines which debuted in 2008. Is this orphaned Swede a nice price? Or do the Opel traits hidden beneath the Scandinavian shell betray your trust?

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The second contestant: 2005 Jaguar X-Type Wagon - $6995

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If the Saab 9-3 was a Vectra in disguise, the X-Type was akin to its competitor, the Mondeo. Here is a wagon version of the X-Type, an extremely rare variant which only sold in quadruple digits here in the states. Automatic only, of course, but with only 92K miles, do you prefer a Ford V6 over an Opel turbo four?

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The third contestant: 2005 Volvo V50 T5 - $7488

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Ok, so the V50 is a size smaller than the two others because of its Focus basis in comparison to the other two family cars. Still, this V50 carries the highest price tag with its 103K miles, but it does have a six speed mated to its completely Swedish turbo 5. Is this enough to complete the deal, or is the price simply too high for a glorified economy hatch?

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