By on April 11, 2014

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This is Volkswagen’s Golf SportWagen concept, which the automaker will be bringing to New York’s Auto Show. The “concept” shown here is what we can expect when the car goes on sale in early 2015, save for two key details.

The upcoming Golf SportWagen is confirmed for the corporate 1.8T gasoline four-cylinder engine. This concept has a 2.0L TDI engine and all-wheel drive, satisfying the wishes of the Internet Product Planning Brigade by saving them from the horrific ignominy of having a front-drive, diesel wagon. And yes, it will have a manual gearbox and a DSG option.

Both the 1.8T and a front-drive TDI SportWagen seem like done deals. The prospect of an AWD version has been a long-standing rumor, with VW apparently looking at it as an alternative to the Subaru Outback.

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72 Comments on “Volkswagen Delivers The Holy Grail With Golf SportWagen 4Motion TDI...”


  • avatar
    pourspeller

    Not available in brown? Fail.

  • avatar
    ChesterChi

    If they offered this in brown for less than $18k I would pretend to “seriously consider” it before buying a used Saab 9-3. If not, I will proclaim my outrage at fascist oppression.

    • 0 avatar
      alsorl

      A 1.8t sportwagon should go for around $20k. Also consider the free maintenance for 2 years and 34mpg hwy. Is it getting hard to find part for Saab’s ?

      • 0 avatar
        LeMansteve

        Keep dreaming. The current 2.5L non-turbo FWD SportWagen starts at 21k. The FWD TDI starts at $26.5.

        • 0 avatar
          alsorl

          I can get a 2014 sportwagon 2.5l base for under $19k in Florida.

          • 0 avatar
            Lorenzo

            Sounds like a dealer got stuck with a model he can’t sell in his area and is giving it away. And it’s probably not brown. That’s how my cousin snapped up a ’73 AMC Gremlin with Levi’s interior!

          • 0 avatar
            alsorl

            I have an aunt up in Michigan with the same Levi gremlin. My cousin is restoring it this summer.
            Actually they had about 16 of.them for around $18600

    • 0 avatar
      Sigivald

      Brown is for Imperialist Wreckers.

      True followers of the Group of Seventeen know that Correct Thought demands a wagon be Reed Green.

      (I… actually really like reed green. And brown. But don’t want a manual.)

  • avatar

    Needs the 2.0L turbo from the GTI. Better yet, offer it with the motor from the TT-RS and I will be in line to consider one for myself.

  • avatar
    sirwired

    I wonder if we’ll actually get this car in the US, or if they’ll “Outback” it and only give us some ugly-ass jacked up plasticized thing, like the allroad replacement for the A4 Avant.

  • avatar
    brettc

    I saw a brown Sportwagen in a grocery store parking lot at lunchtime. And it had a temp plate on it, so someone else just became a member of the BCAS!

    Would love to see an AWD version of the wagon available in gas and/or diesel from VW. The choices are basically Subaru or VW if you want an actual wagon and not a wagon on stilts. Maybe it would help VW’s sales since Subaru is perpetually beating them even with such a small model lineup.

  • avatar

    Until the market it directly on Craiglist with 118k miles on a clock and aged accordingly, I refuse to purchase! /MREURO.

  • avatar
    alsorl

    Subaru who ? Great if the 4motion TDI can sell for under $30k. But the fwd 1.8t is one heck if an engine. Revs nicely and feels like it has way more then 180hp.

    • 0 avatar
      TrailerTrash

      why is everybody comparing this to any Subaru? The Subes I look at…with turbo…all start at 30K.
      And isn’t this going to be smaller than even the Passat pr Jetta wagons? Both of which have a turbo diesel or gas.
      Maybe I missed somehting…but it IS a Golf, right?

      • 0 avatar

        Yes and no.

        Everywhere else besides America, the Jetta Sportwagen is called the Golf Sportwagen (including Canada, interestingly) because in the US the Jetta has better name recognition. So they are one in the same, you are looking at the next Jetta wagon.

      • 0 avatar
        Jimal

        This would be going squarely at Subaru, which has been 1) knocking it out of the park, particularly on the coasts and 2) conquesting VW better than anyone.

  • avatar
    onyxtape

    If this MSRPs for around $25k, I’m handing in the keys to my Outback. I don’t even need manual or brown color.

    The $8k or so I’ll get for my Outback on Craigslist I’ll set aside to put my trusty independent VW mechanic on retainer, so I’m covered for a little while at least.

  • avatar
    arj9084

    Forester touring has more everything for 31K. When VW “gives away maintenance for 3 years” they mean “we’ll rotate the tires once and do up to two oil changes.

    Unlike subaru, plastic bits will still be engineered to completely disintegrate at 37 months, as will probably the diesel exhaust system pieces that aren’t under a 10/100K warranty.

    Still, probably faster than the pending cruze hatch diesel.

    • 0 avatar
      raresleeper

      A little birdie flew down to my window pane and told me that Subies aren’t as reliable as they claim to be.

      Set down that ice cold glass of Kool-Aid.

      Oh yeah!!!!!!

    • 0 avatar
      alsorl

      Subaru does make some great cars. But there is still image of driving a Subaru. When you see two women driving a Subaru, you just know there is no shaving going on up in that.

      • 0 avatar
        raresleeper

        Deodorant?

        Well… what’s that?

      • 0 avatar
        gtrslngr

        alsori ; And what exactly kind of opinions do you think driving a VW engenders ?

        Like a little taste ?

        Too uninformed to know about VW-Audis abysmal reliability and customer service

        Wishes he/she could of afforded a BMW / Mercedes but cant so bought a VW to at least have the pretense of driving German [ even though its made in Mexico ]

        The ” Other Teams ” ( Seinfeld reference ) car of choice before the Subaru took over so the guy/gal driving the VW must not be keeping up with current trends

        et al … ad infinitum !

        And err …. btw my stereotype infused little wingnut ! Subaru is also THE car of choice for ; Skiers [ both Alpine & Nordic ] Ivy Tower professors – Architects – Outdoorsman not needing an SUV – Bicyclists – Well Educated and well heeled MD’s – New England , Colorado , New Mexico , Washington , Oregon et al upper middle class . Which is why if yer payin attention Subaru is the rising sales star while everyone elses falls of the 2010s . They appeal across the board !

        Now seriously alsori … grow a real pair and drop the ignorant , insular , xenophobic stereotypes . Cause all bets are …. you no doubt fall into one or more yourself

        • 0 avatar
          raresleeper

          What about the transient pot heads in Colorado?

          They may reside in national parks, BUT, they want to be included just like everybody else, gtrslnger.

        • 0 avatar
          alsorl

          Damn you whine a lot. Fact is check out the females driving subaru’s. Then check out the females driving VW’s. There is a world of difference. Or just look for a rainbow sticker next to the Obama care sticker and you will find a Subaru. Excluding wrx models. And dude you need to try spell check.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            My wife has a Subaru (turbo Forester, no less) and she’s hotter than any female who’s talked to you this year.

            Oh, and (unlike me) she’s a Republican who’s no fan of Obama.

            Time for some better stereotypes.

          • 0 avatar
            alsorl

            There is always the exception to the Subaru stereotypes. But I bet there some Melissa Etheridge or Indigo Girls playing at some point in your little Subaru. Hey, Subaru makes great cars and the XT Crosstrek might be in the tunning for our next auto. And if Subaru ever gets the balls to send their diesel to the states, there will one if not two little liberal autos in my driveway as well.

        • 0 avatar
          seth1065

          I have a TDI wagon, would never buy a bimmer not my type of car, people buy TDI wagons bc the need room want a car not an cuv , and want very good resale and great range to a tank and great mpg. No snob appeal with a VW but that is fine with me. If I wanted snob appeal I would have bought the Audi A3 TDI wagon with the same engine and tranny

        • 0 avatar
          alsorl

          Actually..gtrsl…… most BMW and MB come off being narcissistic and complete tools. This not a jealous thing as you love to protray. Its more of a knowledge in issue. Knowing you will be hanging out 2 to 3 weeks a year at your local BMW dealer and still needing that vehicle for security. Reliability is probably the last quality people are looking for in a BMW.

  • avatar
    deanst

    The more important question is whether VW will give this car the stupid 5-speed manual they put on most of their cars in North America, or will it get a 6-speed.

  • avatar
    gtrslngr

    OK …. any bets gentlemen ? Here it is ;

    Everyone here will wax on poetic … singing VW’s praises for bringing over a wagon of any kind … and especially a Diesel wagon .

    Yet …. once the cars hit the showroom floors … well … languish there forever they will with VW down the road needing to offer deep discounts just to get them off the lots .

    Any takers ?

    Because in truth … everybody says they want a wagon . But when it comes to parting with their money … they all buy something else .

    • 0 avatar
      alsorl

      … your mother is calling you for dinner.

    • 0 avatar
      fredtal

      Well I put my money where my mouth is and bought a TSX SW. I looked at the VW but it reminded my too much of my beloved A3 and I wanted something different.

      • 0 avatar
        raresleeper

        I’ll be damned… you were just talking about that the other day.

        Nice choice. Reliability meets utility with Acura refinement. Good looking wagon, to boot.

        Okay performance for a four… but they used to only come with automatic. Are they available with manual shift now for ’14?

    • 0 avatar
      seth1065

      Oops I put my cash down , but do not worry next time I will let you advise me with your keen insight on what I should buy, to be fair I also will need norm’s insight as well

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      Funny, I have bought two new station wagons in the past five years. About $75K worth.

      No shortage of wagons here in New England, in fact. VW dealers can’t keep them in stock. An AWD TDI wagon would sell like hotcakes. Baffles me it has taken this long.

      And gtrslngr, please change your avatar. Your “prose” is causing Setright to spin in his grave like a F1 engine.

    • 0 avatar
      redav

      Please, lay off the ellipses.

    • 0 avatar
      Carrera

      No, the diesel wagon concept will sell Gtrslngr. The reason why this particular one, or won’t sell in significant numbers is because it is a VW. A lot of people are afraid of exploding HPFPs and turbos. Anyone who goes to TDI forum knows what I am talking about. Unfortunately the Japanese are not into diesel wagons so…it will not catch on in significant numbers. Not enough to make a dent in CUVs anyway.

      • 0 avatar
        krhodes1

        What’s significant numbers? VW will sell every one they bother to import, probably at or above MSRP in New England. Maybe you could get a little discount on one down South, if you can find one. Every piece of this car is already being sold here, the marginal cost to offer it has to be peanuts compared to what the profit premium will be.

        It isn’t going to sell like the Camry certainly.

    • 0 avatar
      Jimal

      Mark my words. A Diesel AWD wagon will sell.

      • 0 avatar
        bomberpete

        Only M-B has been successful with that concept. Maybe BMW but I don’t know current 3-series diesel wagon figures. At $50K though, it’s a different market.

  • avatar
    mike1dog

    I think to get the proper college professor vibe, this car must be offered with MB Tex like vinyl seats that feel like ice cubes in winter, and leave permanent burn scars in summer, a radio that can barely pick up a station, even if you’re parked in the stations parking lot, steel wheels that turn black with brake dust after the first day of ownership, and a quirk such as refusing to go into reverse without warming up for ten minutes. Then and only then would it be an adequate replacement for the VW Dasher diesel wagon my uncle, the college professor, owned in the early eighties.

    • 0 avatar
      EchoChamberJDM

      Former Dasher Diesel wagon owner here…yup, that summed it up, although I had my tranny rebuilt once and it shifted a little better. However, I LOVED getting 50mpg as a starving poor college student! Never could tell if it would start in sub zero weather though. sometimes yes, sometimes no.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    This is only the holy grail if:

    1) Comes in brown

    2) Gets 60 MPG and can go to 0 to 60 in under 5 seconds

    3) Costs $12,000 sticker, with a $2001 rebate, and comes already lightly used with 30K miles put on it by a little old lady that did all of the service at the dealer with full records, and is CPO for no additional cost

    4) Made out of 100% UPS truck brown unobtanium

  • avatar
    3800FAN

    What vw doesn’t realize about internet fanboys is THEY DO NOT BUY NEW CARS. They wait for the used ones to hit the market and nobody buys them new so fail..ie Subaru brz.

    Maybe if they jack it up a little, put on some body cladding and call it the vw Sahara or Congo or something people will buy it lol

  • avatar
    ajla

    Wheels are too big.

    NO SALE VOLKSWAGEN!

  • avatar
    natrat

    vw dude said awd “under consideration” BS company speak for fu it’s not coming pay the extra 10k for a cheesy audi sedan

  • avatar
    SoCalMikester

    whats the difference between this and a jetta wagon?

  • avatar
    Chetter

    I had a 2010 Sportwagen TDI. Hopefully they improved the driver legroom and seating comfort. Both were the worst I’ve ever experienced.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      I currently have a 2010 Sportwagen. Driver legroom is fine for a compact car and the front seats are absolutely awesome. Seat comfort really is a matter of personal taste.

  • avatar
    FJ60LandCruiser

    Don’t care about diesel, makes no damn difference in a small car.

    Would like the AWD option, living in the Front Range.

    The Audi Allroad is too expensive, this would be a nice, cheaper option. If not, there’s the new Outback coming out this fall.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    The Jetta TDI SportWagon comes in Toffee Brown Metallic $26,565.00

  • avatar
    natrat

    People buy cu/ suvs for the space and 4×4, even if they don’t use those 2 attributes. VW sells the jetta wagon w/out the 4×4 because it does not want to break through with volume and apparently wants to stay a perpetual cripple in this market. Subaru cleans up as it sells what people want. Sad story that i just don’t understand.

  • avatar
    matador

    When can we get the Passat or Audi A6 Avant again?

  • avatar
    gglockster

    The only way a sane person would buy one of these is with a lifetime bumper to bumper warranty, and even then is it worth the hassle of dealing with the incompetent (and that is being kind) VW service. VW is notorious for being expensive to keep on the road, surly service, and slimy corporate oversight.


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