In the wake of VW's diesel scandal, we test one of the automaker's other fuel-sippers, the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid that's (currently) only available in Europe.
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The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen takes everything we like about the already fun and functional Golf and stretches it into an even more useful wagon configuration. Here, we test a pair of diesel-equipped examples in Texas Hill Country.
Volkswagen hired a photographer to come shoot the handful of journalists that it brought to drive the 2015 Golf R at Buttonwillow Raceway north of Los Angeles. This fact, though unremarkable in and of itself, was something I hadn't noticed until I was well into my track time – probably ten laps deep on a day that would see me run twice that number. In any event, I noticed the intrepid shooter as he was sprinting from one side of the track to the other somewhere before Turn 2, while I was b
Contrary to what you may have assumed, the Volkswagen Golf was not named after the sport. Rather, when the car was being developed as the successor to the Beetle, "Golf," which is German for "Gulf," was meant to pay homage to the Gulf Stream, a powerful and swift Atlantic Ocean current.
We're something of a broken record on Volkswagen's TDI family of diesels – torquey and efficient, they're really well-suited to the way Americans drive. We put that sentiment to a year-long test with a Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition not long ago, and enjoyed our time in what was basically an oil-burning GTI with a trunk. That is, until an unsolved catastrophic engine failure saw VW yank it away after just eight months. They subsequently replaced our Cup Street with a bog-standard Jetta TDI (
2011 Volkswagen Jetta – Click above for high-res image gallery
2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI – click above for high-res image gallery