Originally Posted by tdo
It's not a bad question. Our 2002 wagon is more noisy than a comparable sedan, because sound bounces around back there.
I would definitely drive both, if I were you. Hatches seem to be more of a kid thing. So if your a kid, its more up your alley. Me I come from a time of Pinto hatches and have been turned off to hatches ever since.
This is a nice pdf that gives a lot of detail.
Your older wagon was also less refined than the newer models, and may not have had any sound absorbing materials in the rear wheel arches to quiet the car down where as a sedan doesn't need it as much usually with the seat up because it forms a bulkhead between the rear of the car and the interior of the cabin.
Despite being 6.9" longer the sedan has less cargo volume and is also not quite as rigid as the hatch.
I wouldn't quite view one or the other as being more attractive than younger people.