2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
One of the things Volkswagen did to make the latest Golf lineup broader and more complete is to rename the replacement for the Jetta station wagon. Meet the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, promising ever more room with just as much driving fun.
After all, the Golf SportWagen is quite literally a wagon version of the MK VII Golf modular chassis that we love. You do get 12 inches added length, and a slight bump in height. Yet, wheelbase actually shrinks a fraction of an inch, with width staying the same.
All leading to 66.5 cubic feet of total cargo room; just under 14 more than the already cavernous hatchback. Passenger room increases too, though only slightly.
So the SportWagen is more for hauling more things than people. But behind the wheel, we came away very pleased with the two available powertrains.
TSI models sport the 1.8 liter turbo I4, good for 170 horsepower, and it can be had with a 5 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic.
But our eyes lit up at the TDI model, where the 2.0 liter turbo diesel I4 and its 150 horsepower come mated to a 6 speed DSG dual clutch, or a six speed manual.
PATRICK LUCAS: “…yes, this is a manual, diesel, Golf SportWagen. And those three ingredients always equal fun, and it’s no exception here. Now it’s not nearly as powerful as you’d want it to be, but the tradeoff is fuel economy; you’re getting really good fuel economy…and if anything the ride is actually a little smoother. The extra weight from that stretched chassis doesn’t equate to an uncomfortable characteristic. It actually feels a little more planted; it actually feels a little more stable on the road.”
JOHN DAVIS: TDI models are rated at 43 MPG highway with the manual, and the TSI at 36.
Inside, things are nearly identical to the hatchback; and we’ll call it simple and clean. This panoramic sunroof however, is an exclusive option.
On sale now, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen starts around $22,000.
Engine: 1.8 liter/ 2.0 liter turbo diesel I4
Horsepower: 170/ 150
Price: Starts around $22,000