New car shopping and have narrowed down to these quite different vehicles. Still keeping our 2002 Saab 95 wagon, but need a second car now. Looking to purchase and tend to keep cars forever.
I really like the idea of the Subaru, especially the space, ground clearance, safety features, reasonable price, and lower maintenance costs. Wife and daughter don't care for Subaru styling, particularly the plastic cladding. Also, no panoramic sunroof, which is a nice feature. Test drive was fine, but nothing magical. Worried about it being underpowered. (My base Saab 4 cylinder isn't the most powerful, but the turbo makes it feel quick enough. Even compared to all the new car test drives, the Saab also is a really nice-driving, roomy, functional car.) Around low $30Ks equipped as we want.
I hadn't thought I would like the BMW, but we really fell for the car. It is a pleasure to drive, even with the rougher diesel, the controls seem intuitive and clear, I like the interior and exterior design, and it has thoughtful features like a center pass-through, an opening rear window, panoramic sunroof, and hybrid-like gas mileage in diesel. Concerns are smaller size, price, and long-term, post-warranty maintenance costs. Equipped as we want, around $53K.
Other cars we looked at and eliminated: Audi Allroad (didn't care for complicated radio, etc. controls and just preferred the feel of the BMW better), Volvo V60 (too small, busy dash with too many buttons), VW Golf TDI wagon (I really liked this car, especially in the stick, but want AWD and leather; also strangely doesn't have USB ports). Prefer wagon to crossover/SUV, but also looked at Audi Q5, Subaru Forester, and Mazda CX-5.