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One Part Golf, One Part Cargo Van

Editor Brandon Turkus tests a 2016 Volkswagen Golf TDI SportWagen while moving into his first home. It might not be a proper moving van, but it's definitely up to the task.

First Drive

Size Matters

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.

Review

Electrified Golf Is The EV We Could Live With

The 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf might just be our favorite electric vehicle yet. We spent a few days with one in southern California to experience the pros and cons of daily EV driving.

Second Drive

Grip It And Rip It

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

First Drive

Newest Golf Iteration Is Decidedly Better Than Par

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.

First Drive

Dear Old Friend Reinvents Itself, And Its Segment, Yet Again

The whine of the turbocharger. The gentle whoosh of the hatchback's hydraulic lift supports. The mechanical ratcheting and clack of the parking brake. The growling exhaust note with that occasional gurgle.

First Drive

The 911 Of Hot Hatches Takes The Compact Game To New Levels

Quick Spin

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 (

Wolfsburg Questions Its Own Wisdom With EV Golf

2011 Volkswagen Jetta – Click above for high-res image gallery