May need a Sportwagon - 156 or 159?
Our family is getting bigger so I am toying with the idea of getting a Sportwagon (I currently run a 147) - the question is should I look at a late (say 55 reg) 156 or an early (say 56 reg) 159? The 159 is a bigger car, but it'll cost more and I don't seem to hear as much about it on the forums? The 156 has the touring car history and lots of praise heaped on it, but it will be older - is there much difference in the rear space between the two and what about the boot space?
In terms of performance, is it safe to assume that the newer model will have better economy and which is better in terms of reliability? What about the 4wd versions of these models, they seem pretty rare to come across... considering the winter we have just had are they worth hunting down?
Also which has the better handling?
I reckon in both instances I'd be after a diesel... any thoughts?