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Posh Practicality: The 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

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On: Mon, May 19, 2014 at 1:24PM | By: Teddy Field

Posh Practicality: The 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen

When Volkswagen unveiled the mainstreamed redesigned Jetta in 2010, their loyal customer base had a collective cow. The new car felt cheap, and it lacked the overall refinement that long-time Jetta owners had come to expect. To avoid an outright revolt, VW decided to leave the old Mk6 Jetta Sportwagen in its lineup. It offered lots of space, a properly Teutonic interior, and the option of a manual-shift / diesel drivetrain. This hipster-speciale appeased the Jetta faithful, and it sold nearly as many copies per year as the Golf. But it's finally time to say goodbye to the trusty VW Jetta Sportwagen, and hello to its replacement, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen!

Based on VW's new MQB platform, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is nearly an inch longer, lower and wider than the Jetta Wagon. It's also lighter too, thanks to the extensive use of stronger lightweight steels and lighter components (like the seats). The additional length and girth allows for more rear legroom and 10% more cargo room. With the seats folded, we estimate the cargo area to be around 73 cu-ft. Or, enough room to go to Pier 1 and drag home a Lexford Chest, a Coastal Shells Wreath, and an Elegant Dangles Lamp.

The front of the cabin ain’t too shabby either, and it fits with the premium image that previous Jetta owners want. The design is uber-modern, with classy metal and dark wood trim, finely textured plastics, soft-touch points, and switchgear that goes 'click'. A huge panoramic sunroof will be offered as an option, along with push-button ignition, and the Haldex 4Motion AWD system. VW hasn't actually stated that AWD will be offered, but the pictures that came with the press kit show a 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen wearing 4Motion badges and Michigan plates. If they do, the venerable Subaru Outback might finally have some competition.

Like the Jetta Sportwagen, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen allows you to choose either gasoline or diesel propulsion. The gas engine is a direct-injected 1.8L turbo-4 which produces 170hp, and is said to get 17% better highway fuel economy than the Jetta's 2.5L (36–38 mpg est.). Transmission choices are a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. If you go the uber-cool diesel route, you'll get VW's 2.0L TDI, which now makes 150hp/236 lb-ft. Like the Jetta, the Golf Sportwagen TDI offers a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG. Volkswagen hasn't said anything about the TDI's fuel economy, but with less weight and 10% less wind drag, the new Golf TDI Wagon could eclipse the Jetta's 30 city/42 hwy (some Jetta Sportwagen TDI owners have actually reported as much as 50 mpg).

Official EPA figures and pricing will be released before the car is launched early next year.

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