• Feb 21st 2007 at 12:56PM
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This isn't officially official, but hearsay confirmation has the Jetta Wagon (Golf Variant) bowing at the Geneva show. The Jetta Wagon is expected to land in the US later this year, and we hope it'll drive a surge in wagon interest. We've seen a preview of the basic shape in the form of the Skoda Octavia Scout. We think the Jetta/Golf has a smoother, more attractive face, and without the heavy plastic cladding, the car looks much lighter on its feet. We wouldn't mind the addition of a GLI Wagon to the model range, either. That would make the MkV platform attractive to folks who want a little spice in their ride, but need even more cargo versatility.
Speaking of versatility, a Jetta Wagon is the perfect size for buyers currently opting for soft-roaders like the CR-V or RAV-4, though both of those have grown considerably in their last refresh. We're not sure where the wagon stigma came from, as some of our favorite cars are wagons (a Volvo Turbo wagon, for example, is a thing to behold), and they're far more useful and practical than the sedan versions of the same car. We await the arrival of the Jetta wagon and hope that it will appeal to the fuel-economy geeks among us with an available diesel powertrain, as well as lighting the fires of those who like to round corners quickly with a more sprightly version like the GLI. Combining the two would be a nice touch.

[Source: Carscoop]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      VW owns Skoda, and so shares platforms and probably other architecture between the 2 makes - Seat (Spain), too.

      For larger steel stampings, it makes sense to get the most out of them, such as for a body side or even a hatch. Even more so if the part is to be made from aluminum, tooling is even more expensive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This newest version of volkswagen jetta didn't satisfy the expectations of many of the VW fans. It must have had additional features on its volkswagen jetta parts - http://www.vdubpartsdirect.com/vw_jettaparts.html that can captivate the attention of the fans and prospective buyers...
      • 8 Years Ago
      If used prices are any indication, there's quite a bit of pent-up demand for a TDI Jetta Wagon. Better get in line now If I want one.

      And while I agree with geo.stewart that the new Jetta looks too Corolla, I disagree that most people buy it as a poor man's Audi. There's nothing poor man about VW, and most VW owners I know don't want an Audi. If they wanted an Audi, they'd buy one.

      Just because they are related doesn't mean they are interchangable. Would you have dated you wife's sister?

      • 8 Years Ago
      Current best looking wagons are the V50, 3-series, C320, and Outback in roughly that order. I am shopping for a small sporty wagon right now and the 4 above are on my list. There are other great candidates for wagons out there--Fusion, Camry, Accord all could spawn great wagons. I wish the Mazda3 hatch was a true wagon--V50 cargo space seems better.
      • 8 Years Ago

      I test drove both a M3 (Mazda that is) & V50 since they're both built off the same platform. The cargo space in the V50 wasn't that much better than the M3, and the non-turbo engine in the V50 is very unrefined & LOUD. For $10k less, the M3 was much better! So that's what I bought.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...why would you think the Skoda Octavia is a preview of the Jetta? 'basic shape'? you may as well say any small wagon is a preview - they all have the same basic shape, just a question of tailgate slope etc.....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wagons can be very fun. The Subaru WRX Wagon is proof. Hopefully the Jetta Wagon will have choices to suit tastes of different buyers such as the TDI diesel engine and GLI version as well as the basic version.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The current Jetta is an awesome car.
      Very popular worldwide.
      So the wagon version should add to this sucess.
      I want one ASAP.
      • 8 Years Ago
      and i must add that the wagon may be the version that doesnt look like a corolla. I have an 04 GLI (last gen) and i love it. The new one is too japanese. People buy VW because it is a poor mans audi, not because it is a rich man's toyota... But with the angles showing on the wagon, the front end may integrate much better.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Uh, the CR-V isn't any bigger than the previous generation. Wake up, Dan.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good, although I'm not a big fan of sharply sloping the rear of the cargo hold. I know it looks good, but it really pinches down the space available for tall objects or cramming the thing slam full. Don't try to hide the Wagonness of a wagon. It's what it is. It's what makes it useful.

      That said, a GLI model with DSG would send me scampering down to the VW man, cash in hand!

      -Wagons Rule!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I heard a future wagon is supposed to look very similar to the Dodge Magnum so I can not wait to see this in real form
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