I still mourn my 1992 Volvo 740 and 1995 turbo 850 wagons (but mostly the 740). You are right about the SUV (Stupid Useless Vanity) concept, combined with mini-vans, destroying the .fabulously utilitarian “family” station wagon. These were ideal for long boat loading hauling as well as for being able to sleep in the back and haul great volumes of stuff.
Interesting bit of Volvo trivia: I bought a lot of flat pack furniture and kitchen caninets from IKEA back when I had tge 740 and discovered that the dimemsions of IKEA packaging aligned in a modular way with the wagon interior — I could pack an entire kitchen worth of cabinetry and counter blanks in the 740 with barely an inch to spare all around.
Those blocky wagons also provided excellent 360 degree visibilty for the driver and the “brick” shape meant you always knew where your corners were and they were a breeze to parallel park.
If Volvo would resurrect the 740 in its original form (though with front wheel drive) and in a stick, I would buy one in a heartbeat.