Hell yes. A sports wagon. What more can a car enthusiast want? Don’t expect me to explain what makes an estate car just better than anything else, even I don’t really know. All I know is that there’s just something about it that makes it better. So then, is the Enemigo S Tourer better than its conventional coupe and sedan cousins?
Well it is essentially the same car, packing the same 2.0l Turbo i4 which knocks out 320 hp - as you’d expect from this area of the market. No surprises there, though the 8800 rpm red line is a nice feature, and this engine certainly knows how to scream at the upper echelons of the powerband. It’s a bit of a nuisance then that there isn’t more torque when you’re up high in the revs; the VVT/L kick is weak and you don’t get much more go than you do at the turbo spool, down at 3800 rpm. It certainly delivers power up high, but the same exciting lurch from the rear wheels isn’t quite there sadly.
Happily however, the 6 speed manual gearbox is nice, and it can really shift when you want it to. 0-60 in 5.1 seconds is on the mark for a RWD car with this sort of power, and the well spaced ratios make it very satisfying to accelerate. Better still, it’s reliable power; wheelspin is only there on loose surfaces, and it suits the high-rev bias of the power from the engine.
Cornering is nice too. The better weight distribution that comes from wagons is very much present here, and it feels predictable on the limit as a result. The suspension is a tad too soft for my taste, as the body roll is fairly noticeable. The low weight doesn’t make this as much of a problem as it might be on other cars - and it is low, coming in with a curb weight of 1471kg - though the stiff front sway bars feel off, feeling too hard for a car with this weight. The result is that it understeers and gives in a little too early for its own good. I found myself wanting it to be a bit more pliable on the limit, though that didn’t stop it from being engaging at lower speeds.
I do, however, really like how it looks. It’s a bit overdesigned at both ends, and it certainly won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but there’s a cool aggresiveness in those headlights and a finesse in the thin design lines that gives a professional feel. The interior won’t meet everyone’s standard either given that it is on the basic side, but that is of course for weight loss measures, and something that I’d more than happy to sacrifice for the performance benefits. And, naturally, it’s very practical. It is a wagon after all.
For me though, it’s not exciting enough to quite hit the mark. It doesn’t reach the proper drivers car status of other performance wagons that this current generation will undoubtedly be compared to, but it doesn’t stop it being worth your consideration. This is easily the cheapest performance focused rear wheel drive wagon on the market, and on a good day, that would probably be enough for me to sway my opinion. It’s just not quite there though as a performance car, and there are similarly priced hot hatches that will offer a more exciting drive, especially on the limit.
- Gavin Anderson