• Jan 19, 2007
Back in the olden days, the Volkswagen Variant was the Type III Squareback. The Type IIIs were some of the coolest VWs ever (I had one, I'm biased). Wagons since then have been referred to as Variants. The latest VW to get "Varied" is the Golf. We'll likely know it in the States as the Jetta Wagon; either way, it'll be a handy little roustabout for those of us who need to carry stuff and don't want an SUV. Power in the US will likely be the 2.0L FSI four cylinder; and if the fuel situation ever gets sorted out, we expect the TDI to return, at least in some states.
We're tickled by little wagons like this. They're eminently useful, a great size for whipping around urban areas, and return good fuel economy. The Golf Variant has a flexible interior with plenty of little nooks and crannies, a rear seat that folds, flops, flips and comes out. The interior will surely be up to Volkswagen's class leading standards for design, materials and fit and finish. It's a darn sight handsomer than the Tiguan and likely far more useful. Our guess is that if you're interested in the Tiguan, you're not the analytical, pragmatic, efficiency junkie that's likely to covet this car in diesel form. Some of us are already drooling, could be the WVO fumes.

[Source: WorldCarFans]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      So will this be the new Jetta wagon, or will they resurrect the Squareback name? I really don't care, just so long as they actually get this thing here. With the diesel.

      Wagons Uber Alles!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmmm, how does this relate to my Audi A3?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have an 03 Jetta Wagon Turbo and LOVE it (the car still makes me smile on a daily basis). The lease is up soon, and I have to tell you, even if the new wagon were available now, I would still elect to keep the car I have. I just can’t get over the new Jetta’s styling, and I have been trying. I thought the new *Corolla* Jetta was an ugly disappointment when it came out, and these spy photos have only make it look worse. Keeping my fingers crossed for the next generation, maybe VW will put things right.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Too bad that in Canada, for the same money, you could pick up a Mazda 6 wagon. Better drive, probably more reliable, and way bigger.

      I acknowledge that the fit and finish is likely better than in the 6, but for all around driving, the 6 would be in my driveway.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Eric B: I would agree with you, IF Mazda offered a diesel.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's old. And it's a photoshop.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Baby got Back!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be a Jetta Variant? Either way, get them to build an R36 version to go up against the Audi Avants and the Volvo R Wagons. Sign me up!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd be in.

      Dan, the type III's were great little cars both the hatch and fastback's owned each. Thanks for the memories.