Volkswagen's Golf SportWagen has a new name, same utility

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Hey, remember the New York Auto Show from a few weeks back? Well, Volkswagen showed off a car that it called a concept, but that was basically a production-ready vehicle. It was called the Golf TDI SportWagen Concept, and we didn't need to exercise our powers of deduction to figure out what car this thinly veiled concept was foreshadowing.

This is the production Golf SportWagen, and while it is the successor to the Jetta SportWagen, this is far more than a renaming of its predecessor. When it hits dealers early next year, it will be with a 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder under its hood. Diesel aficionados, meanwhile can get their fix with Volkswagen's popular TDI SportWagen. For model year 2015, it boasts a new, 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbodiesel that churns out 236 pound-feet of torque.

Six-speeds – manual or dual-clutch – will be standard on the TDI model, while the 170-hp 1.8 can be had with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed auto. It's not specifically called out in the press release, but based on the press photos, 4Motion all-wheel drive will be available on the TDI model. It's not clear if the 1.8T will get its own AWD system.

Riding on the Volkswagen's soon-to-be-ubiquitous MQB platform, the Golf SportWagen is wider and longer than the car it replaces. That means it packs more room than the old Jetta SportWagen, with up to ten percent more space when the backseats are folded down.

It's unclear as to how VW will price the new Golf SportWagen. The old Jetta-based, 2.5-liter model maintained a $1,000 premium over the base Jetta Sedan, while the Jetta TDI SportWagen was $1,395 more than its four-door counterpart. Whether VW will apply that pricing structure to the Golf-based models is an open question that we hope to have an answer to soon.

Take a look below for the official press release on the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen.
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May 12, 2014

The all-new version of VW's popular SportWagen model will be a bigger, more spacious, and more fuel-efficient replacement for the Jetta SportWagen

Thrifty TDI® Clean Diesel and 1.8-liter turbocharged TSI® Golf SportWagen models will be offered
Uses the new MQB modular architecture, like the 2015 Golf and Golf GTI
Golf SportWagen will go on sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2015
New SportWagen model is estimated to have fuel economy improvements of up to 17 percent
New Golf SportWagen offers increased cargo volume, matching compact SUVs for size and versatility

Herndon, VA – The all-new Golf SportWagen that goes on sale in early 2015 is based on the new MQB (modular transverse matrix) architecture. The new SportWagen will continue the trend introduced by the seventh-generation Golf whereby it is lighter, bigger, roomier, more fuel efficient and more powerful than the outgoing model.

Thanks to the extensive use of high- and ultra-high strength steels, the new SportWagen bodyshell is lighter than the current Jetta SportWagen and offers an enhanced crash structure. Throughout the car, incredible attention to detail has optimized components-such as the seats, air conditioning unit, and even the electrical architecture -to help save weight.

The Golf SportWagen is 1.1 inches longer and 0.7 inches wider than the current SportWagen model. It is also 0.9 inches lower, which benefits aerodynamic performance, fuel efficiency and the car's proportions: the CdA number has been reduced by almost 10 percent compared with the previous generation. The interior package has been optimized to give more rear-seat leg and shoulder room. Although the new SportWagen's overall height was lowered by nearly an inch, front and rear headroom has been improved by 0.4 inches.

The SportWagen has long been a top choice for customers who want a car that's fun-to-drive and offers a large cargo area that is truly versatile. This new SportWagen is even more appealing, offering nearly 10 percent more cargo room with the rear seats folded than the outgoing model. Essentially, the Golf SportWagen provides a sportier alternative to compact SUVs.

The new SportWagen will be offered with two powertrains. The first is a 170 horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder TSI® engine, mated to five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. Manufacturer highway fuel economy is estimated to have improved by as much as 17 percent compared to the 2.5-liter Jetta SportWagen.

The TDI Clean Diesel model will be powered by the new EA288 2.0-liter common-rail, turbocharged and direct-injection diesel engine that makes150 horsepower, an improvement of 10 hp over the current SportWagen model, and 236 pound-feet pf torque. The TDI model will have a choice of six-speed manual or DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmissions.


The design team, led by Walter de Silva (Group Design) and Klaus Bischoff (VW Brand Design), created a timeless and sophisticated new SportWagen, using the principles of Volkswagen's Design DNA. Thanks to the MQB architecture, which dictates a fixed relationship between the front wheel centerline and the pedals, the car's proportions have changed. The front wheels, for example, are now 1.7 inches further forward than on the current SportWagen design. This has created what Bischoff calls "'a cab backward impression.' That's what we call the proportions of premium-class vehicles, where the hood is long and the passenger compartment is a long way towards the back."

Compared with the previous generation SportWagen, the new car's front end looks completely different, thanks to the way that the hood slopes down into the front fenders instead of the fender peaks being higher than the hood. This new SportWagen features more angular horizontal design cues, with a slender radiator grille.

At the back, the clean surface around the VW badge, the wide rear window, and the geometric taillights are typical SportWagen features, even though the lines are completely different. The tailgate, for instance, allows for a lower load height than before, while the overall effect emphasizes the additional width of the new car.


Along the lines of the new Golf 7, the SportWagen will bring a number of available new features to market including a panoramic power tilt and slide sunroof, 12-way power driver's seat, Climatronic® automatic climate control, Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs and the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), Park Distance Control, and available 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

In addition, the new SportWagen features a new standard driver assistance system called the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (APCBS). This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact-the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking system addresses this by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 640 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.


This press release and images of the all-new Golf SportWagen are available at

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Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries. Where stated, fuel economy values are forecast manufacturer values for the USA; EPA estimates were not available at time of release. Mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

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