Not-so-secret confession time: I love the Volkswagen Golf R. In fact, I always have. And now it seems that Volkswagen is sweetening the deal on its hottest hatch, with recent creations like the Golf R 400 concept (a showcar reportedly headed for production) and now this, a longroof Golf R Wagon, just caught testing on the Nürburgring.

This Golf takes everything I already adore about the normal R – a 300-horsepower turbo-four and a superb 4Motion all-wheel-drive system – and adds the family-and-stuff-friendly capability of the SportWagen bodystyle. Sure, this more capacious shape will likely add some heft to the R's curb weight, but I can't imagine it being anything short of hilariously good to drive.

Assuming this thing is headed for production, it's not totally likely that Volkswagen will bring the Golf R Wagon to our shores. But I can dream, right? Or, I can always hop a flight to Europe...


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      Hank Mardukas
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'd buy this. I'd replace my Audi with this, since Audi doesn't want to offer any enthusiast-oriented wagons in the US anymore.
        Klep
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Hank Mardukas
        My idea of a perfect car... bring back the RS wagons! :'(
      lpattis
      • 7 Months Ago
      Well, we've *got* the Volvo V60 now, here in the US...maybe VW will grow a pair and bring this to compete...
      doctrsnoop
      • 7 Months Ago
      This is so nifty that VW couldn't possibly bring it here. I think it's in their corporate by-laws.
      Ryan
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm in love. I will take off work and drive to the dealer tomorrow morning and put a deposit down, if that is what it would take to get this car. I, and maybe three other people, which is why I'll never get to own one.
      herrstreet
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'd have taken a long look at this if they'd sold it when I was shopping.
      Chumley
      • 7 Months Ago
      I love the idea of this type of vehicle but worry that this will be a $40k version of a $20k car.
      Durishin
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hmmm, Lots of power, AWD... May be better than a 6th Subaru for me...
      L1011
      • 7 Months Ago
      This is neat and all, but I'm much more interested in the Golf SportWagon TDI with AWD that VW is "thinking" about bringing to the US. I'm not sure what they need to think about as that car would be a big seller here, especially in the northern part of the US where we face snow six months out of the year.
        mr.vw
        • 6 Months Ago
        @L1011
        ditto here, I dream about the R wagon but I would be divorced after the first drive with the Mrs.VW. I highly doubt VW will bring anything substantial problaly the same ol' song dance from VW yaaaaawn and I'm a VW enthusiast... or was.
      Geekengineer
      • 7 Months Ago
      FFS... I want this thing, but damn, I am sooo tired of VW's sh!tty "quality." My '02 GTI 1.8T was awesome, except for everything falling apart. And my '08 R32 was effing sweet, except for everything falling apart. I would give someone else's left nut to own a 6-speed manual R wagon, but it would have to not turn to poop as soon as the warranty ran out. Seriously, as a mechanical engineer, I am embarrassed at the stupid materials and design choices VW has foisted upon us. When they work, they work great. When they don't, they cost a medium fortune to fix. VW, get yourselves a collective cranial rectumectomy and make cars that don't break. Please. (FFS, have you seen the orange "check engine light" VW owners put on their rear windows as some sort of badge of honor?)
      Rotation
      • 7 Months Ago
      Why are they calling a Jetta a Golf?
        atc98092
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        The current Jetta Sportswagen in the US is a Golf Sportswagen in the rest of the world. VW is finally going to call it a Golf here with the next update.
        Hank Mardukas
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        Along with everyone below me, I'll add some explanation: When the MkV Jetta SportWagen went on sale in the US, the Golf and Jetta were nearly identical and rode on the same chassis. The main difference was that Jetta had a trunk and the Golf was a hatchback. When the next generation appeared, the Jetta and Golf became separate cars on different chassis. The Jetta sedan was completely different than the Golf. However, the Mk6 Jetta SportWagen was (and is) still a MkV Golf underneath, but they updated the sheetmetal enough to make it look more like its sedan counterpart. So the Jetta SportWagen was a Golf underneath all along. VW USA is finally owning up to that fact and calling it what it is, a Golf SportWagen. Make sense now?
        jvagner
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Rotation
        the jetta wagon had a different rear treatment. this has a proper golf rear treatment. which is definitely the right way to go, as the jetta wagon looked pretty bad.
          Lachmund
          • 7 Months Ago
          @jvagner
          You have no clue what you are talking about. This car is based on a completely new platform and has nothing to do with the old Jetta. The front end is the one of the Golf R as well.
          Rotation
          • 7 Months Ago
          @jvagner
          I did notice the different rear end treatment. It's still a Jetta, as evidenced by the Jetta (and not Golf, let alone GTI) front end.
      Agent55
      • 7 Months Ago
      So it's basically a Jetta on the outside, an Audi underneath, but called a Golf. Got it.
        RGT881
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Agent55
        You are not getting anything. It rides on MQB, ok. Also Jetta name has primarily been an American affair, Bora notwithstanding. Golf on the other hand has been around for decades more and so it makes perfect sense to create a Golf family of vehicles and actually that has been the csse for a while, perhaps not in America where marketing people goofed up by renaming Golf to Rabbit for a generation. Anyway Golf family consists of Golf, Golf Plus, Cabrio, GTI and the Sport Wagon.
        montoym
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Agent55
        No, it's actually a Golf throughout. Blame it on VWoA for making you think it's a Jetta. Especially since the current US Jetta and the new Golf are on totally different platforms as well since VW wanted to "Americanize" the Jetta to better compete with other C-segment competitors. They share much less now than they ever have.
      • 7 Months Ago
      What a remarkable dishwasher!! Seriusoly US guys, over there you can have a proper muscle car for Golf's money, please don't make this mistake!!!!
        flychinook
        • 7 Months Ago
        It's funny, the people overseas pine for cheap muscle cars, and us Americans want practical, capable cars.
        Hello, Brian
        • 7 Months Ago
        It might be a bit of a challenge to haul five passengers and their belongings on a snow covered road in a "proper" muscle car. I love muscle cars, but there are things that they cannot do that this can.
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