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Volkswagen's array of performance-oriented Golfs keeps getting bigger and bigger. What started with the GTI has since grown to include the diesel GTD, the hybrid GTE and the most powerful Golf R. But the additions haven't all come down to powertain. There's been cabrio versions of the GTI and Golf R as well, but before all is said and done, there will be one more bodystyle to join the lineup.

That, according to these latest spy shots, would be the Golf R Variant. For those unfamiliar, Variant is what Volkswagen calls the wagon version of the Golf (in some markets, anyway). It offers the Golf Variant with a variety of engines, but as the spy shots reveal, it is now working on bringing the Golf Variant and the Golf R together into one high-powered, long-roofed model.

The VW Golf R Variant would in all likelihood pack the same 2.0-liter turbo four as the hatchback, splitting 290 horsepower between all four wheels. Only in the wagon, it would offer that extra bit of utility. Of course there's no guarantee that Volkswagen would offer the Golf R Variant in the North American market, but considering that the Golf R hatchback will soon be joined in American showrooms by the Golf SportWagen (as it's tipped to be called here) in place for the Jetta wagon, the possibility is definitely there.

Should Volkswagen offer a Golf R wagon in the US?
Yes! That's just what I want! 9026 (80.8%)
No. The Europeans can keep their fancy wagons. 1392 (12.5%)
I don't know, I guess I'd have to see it first. 749 (6.7%)


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      jasondonogh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes please. This is what I have been waiting for. Petrol or Diesel don't even care at this point anymore. FWD or AWD, also don't care at this point either. Just sell a hopped up .:R Variant and give me a panoramic sunroof option with a manual transmission. Don't really care what else since I cannot get a Seat Lean ST or Skoda Octavia Combi in the U.S. 3er variant is too expensive and an Allroad is too. Subaru isn't selling the Levorg here so, yes please. I would like it in Pacific blue if possible. $40 large, seems worth it. Just my .2 cents.
      dlopez1501
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is a rather handsome looking wagon. But alas they will never bring it to the states
      Number7
      • 1 Year Ago
      According to the poll, almost 80% would want one. The problem with wagons in the United States is that everyone wants one, just not enough to actually buy one.
      yonomo200
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hate the wheels but the body design is the kind of understated German elegance which BMW has totally forgotten. Give me matte aluminum wheels and I'd love the entire package.
        Fart Barfunkel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @yonomo200
        ... this isn't a production vehicle. Those are the Golf R wheels painted black to try to disguise the fact that this car has Golf R running gear. Don't worry, you'll get your silver wheels.
      Matt C
      • 1 Year Ago
      The wagon looks a little goofy so low slung. If they were to do this, by all means stiffen the suspension but keep it at the normal sportwagen height. Personally I'd more likely buy an GTD sportwagon with AWD/4-motion. In general VW would be able to pull off the sporty wagon concept better if the wheelbase was longer still. Keep the body length as-is but pull the rear axle back another 6 inches. It would look more like a sport hatch but w/ the practicality of a wagon.
      mr.vw
      • 1 Year Ago
      If this comes in TDI and VW doesn't tupper-warize the interior I'll be a buyer, this or the passat alltrack TDI or the Allroad TDI. The chattanooga Passat made me consider subaru...
      William
      • 1 Year Ago
      For get the wagon. How about a 2 (3) door Golf?
      Dasteknoviking
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would be interested in seeing if this new platform affords more rear seat room over the current wagon. I'm fine with its current proportions but a tad bit more leg room in the rear would be awesome. To all of you asking for a GTi wagon, they already made one of those back in 2009 and you never bought one. Its called a Jetta Sportwagen 2.0T SEL. Its based on the last year of the MKV platform, uses MKV electrics, TSi engine as in the GTi. GTI front brakes are standard on these along with 6MT or 6spd DSG. Only thing missing is the GTi suspension... which can easily be changed. They made 3k units in DSG and 1.5K in manual, they are pretty rare cars. It took me a few months to find one in color, options I wanted. Awesome little car, especially when suspension is updated and no one ever leaves the 2.0Ts stock ;)
        trill.trill
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dasteknoviking
        We never bought one because we didn't know it existed. I'm a VW fan, own a MKV GTI, read car related crap all day (instead of working), and I had no idea this existed. Perhaps they should have put a GLI Sportwagen badge on it, and handed it to a few journalists.
        chlova05
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dasteknoviking
        Just what I was gonna say!
      Terry Actill
      • 1 Year Ago
      168 people down vote the idea. Are these the same crack pots who jizz their pants over an 18.5 ft long 6000lb bus called the Yukon Denali?
        PTC DAWG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Terry Actill
        I like both...see the benefits of both...right tool for the job and all.
      Yoggie
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really want to love this car, but I just cant. VW does not have the greatest track record when it comes to reliability. Because of that, my price range for this car tops out at $30k. The problem is that this car would probably go for at least $40k, and at that money there are a lot of other cars that I would rather have.
        Vinuuz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Yoggie
        If they can sell the Golf R hatch for 35k and the wagon for 40k, there would be not really a competition except if you consider the Outback - which is more of a CUV than a wagon. To get into any decently equipped 3 series wagon you are looking at 50k, and the TSX wagon is going to be dead soon. Then there are the Volvo's - they are the real competition to this one, I guess - the new T5 and T6 powertrains.
          Jorge
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Vinuuz
          Agreed, and then the Volvos start right under $40k. A power-equivalent AWD version of the V60 would be over $40k and the new T5 and T6 four cylinder versions are not available in AWD yet (The T6 is not even here as of now). The older T5 5 cylinder and T6 6 cylinder are available as AWD with a little better fuel economy than previous years, but carry over the Geartronic 6 speed slushbox. VW's DSG would be much better. I am seriously considering the V60 myself. It's gorgeous, but ticking all the option boxes, and with A-Plan Pricing, it's $45k-$48k for an AWD T5 or T6 (MSRP easily goes over $50k). The newer four-cylinder engines would probably be a better buy in AWD trim with the better fuel economy (with the 8 speed auto and start-stop system), but the reliability of the new engine and transmission is not well known. The older T5 and T6 have had their kinks ironed out for the most part.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Vinuuz
          the wagon usually is 1500 more so more like 37k
        Joe Liebig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Yoggie
        I don't know where these rumors about reliability issues are coming from. Is it the Mexico plant? Is it the US plant? Is it the customer base skipping oil service? Is it the fact that they recall more often (and before people die)? Why don't you just lease it then, for the duration of the warranty?
          Yoggie
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Joe Liebig
          Consumer Reports, JD Power, and the stories of owners all say that not only does VW have below average reliability, but they are also a lot more expensive to repair when the do break. A recommendation to sell a car when the warranty runs out is a clear indicator that this is not a car you should buy in the first place. Yes, the repairs might be free, but having your car in the shop all of the time is inconvenient to say the least.
      JaredN
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love it. Of course, they would sell 12 of these in the States if they brought it over (which they won't). Sigh. I don't know why we hate wagons so much.
        Susan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JaredN
        Because we associate wagons with the Leave it to Beaver 1960s generation, and to prove how much more sophisticated and individualistic we are, we buy "sporty" crossovers and CUVs. Those giant alloy wide wheels sure prove our sporty intentions.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would buy this tomorrow.
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