I’ve always considered these two wagons, the Volvo 240 and the Volare/Aspen the best of their kind from each side of the Atlantic. They’re both a very good compromise between being roomy and yet not outsized, on the outside.
Of course, I’m omitting the Mercedes W123 T wagon, as it was mighty expensive. And of course the first year or two of the Mopar twins were to be avoided, and the DiNoc is not exactly my cup of wood. But other than that, they both had a lot to recommend.