They call it the best of both BMW worlds – a sporty grand touring station wagon loaded with luxury appointments, but tough enough to take home the soccer team. It comes in Sport Line trim with upgraded suspension and steering features to sharpen the handling, reduce roll and improve stability – as well as the best in class Sport Seats with adjustable knee, side, and lumbar supports (both front and rear seats are heated as well as, well, the steering wheel). The low center of gravity – and the car's wide, square wheelbase – plant it securely to the pavement and prepare it well for the open road. The 240 hp turbo engine has a dedicated sport mode to get the most out of the eight-speed gearbox and propels the car to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds (but please keep Traction Control on). This car loves the freeway, where its German autobahn roots come into focus. It also helps you feel unique on the road – while BMW 3rd Series Sedans are fairly ubiquitous, Wagons are not – in our SUV-loving times they account for only 4% of the model sales. As a BMW rep put it: "In spite of the relatively low numbers, we continue to offer them because we know these are customers who would generally not consider a BMW [SUV] as an alternative. People who have them love them." I guess I am one of those people.