2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen – First Look and Review
OK, class, please pay attention now. The new Golf SportWagen, which is known as the Golf Variant in its home market and the Golf Estate in the United Kingdom – and was previously called the Jetta SportWagen in the States – is now available for your driving pleasure. Got that?
Given how much fun the Golf is to drive, even lacking wood paneling, we were optimistic about the SportWagen and weren’t disappointed.
It comes with tons of cargo space, a fuel-sipping diesel engine, and is available with a manual transmission option.
As often reported in The Diesel Driver, 80% of buyers of the previous generation (the “Jetta” SportWagen in the United States) opted for the oil-burning version and 30% of all buyers chose to shift their gears manually, figures that don’t align with the typical U.S. buyer, who also doesn’t typically opt for what is generically called a station wagon.
We’ve reviewed the new Golf hatch several times, both in Euro spec and U.S. trim. The all-new SportWagen is based on the hatch, gaining 12” (305 mm) in length and over an inch (25 mm) in height). It also takes on roughly 120 pounds (54 kilograms).
From the front, it’s unmistakably a Golf, ignoring the D-pillar and the roof rails. From the rear, the wide rear window, wide, low tailgate, and the two-part taillights give it away.