2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Will Not Have AWD – Yet

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
2015 volkswagen golf sportwagen will not have awd yet

Volkswagen officially announced their new 2015 Golf Sportwagen (nee Jetta Sportwagen) for the US market. And they’re still unclear about whether it will get 4Motion AWD.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Volkswagen told TTAC that they are still “investigating AWD”. For now, FWD will be the only option, along with a 1.8T gas engine (with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed auto) or a 2.0 TDI with either 6-speed manual or DSG gearboxes. VW says that cargo space will rival many small SUVs, and now it’s up to all of you to buy them, rather than just let the internet know how great wagons are.

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  • Short Bus Short Bus on May 14, 2014

    I always liked these, but they've been in need of a decent bump in efficiency ratings. The old 2.5 was a good engine, but too thirsty these days.

  • Nutbags Nutbags on May 14, 2014

    Having had a 2009 Sportwagon 2.5 with a 5-speed which my family loved and never had a problem with. The 2.5 provided enough oomph but mileage was not as good as expected. I look forward to replacing my 2012 GLI 6-speed with the new model. A 1.8T with 5-speed sounds good but why no 6-speed manual? Curious about pricing on leases and what trim levels there will be.

    • 30-mile fetch 30-mile fetch on May 14, 2014

      A number of reviews of the 1.8t stated the broad torque curve made a sixth gear unnecessary. It's the 5-cylinder that needed a 6-speed. It runs 3000rpm at 70mph in fifth, and while that ensures you don't need to downshift to overtake someone or climb steep grades, I'm sure it is costing a few miles per gallon.

  • Dusterdude @El scotto , I'm aware of the history, I have been in the "working world" for close to 40 years with many of them being in automotive. We have to look at situation in the "big picture". Did UAW make concessions in past ? - yes. Do they deserve an increase now ? -yes . Is their pay increase reasonable given their current compensation package ? Not at all ! By the way - are the automotive CEO's overpaid - definitely! (That is the case in many industries, and a separate topic). As the auto industry slowly but surely moves to EV's , the "big 3" will need to be producing top quality competitive vehicles or they will not survive.
  • Art_Vandelay “We skipped it because we didn’t think anyone would want to steal these things”-Hyundai
  • El scotto Huge lumbering SUV? Check. Unknown name soon to be made popular by Tiktok ilk? Check. Scads of these showing up in school drop-off lines? Check. The only real over/under is if these will have as much cachet as Land Rovers themselves? A bespoken item had to be new at one time. Bonus "accepted by the right kind of people" points if EBFlex or Tassos disapproves.
  • El scotto No, "brothers and sisters" are the core strength of the union. So you'll take less money and less benefits because "my company really needs helped out"? The UAW already did that with two-tier employees and concessions on their last contract.The Big 3 have never, ever locked out the UAW. The Big 3 have agreed to every collective bargaining agreement since WWII. Neither side will change.
  • El scotto Never mind that that F-1 is a bigger circus than EBFlex and Tassos shopping together for their new BDSM outfits and personal lubricants. Also, the F1 rumor mill churns more than EBFlex's mind choosing a new Sharpie to make his next "Free Candy" sign for his white Ram work van. GM will spend a year or two learning how things work in F1. By the third or fourth year GM will have a competitive "F-1 LS" engine. After they win a race or two Ferrari will protest to highest F-1 authorities. Something not mentioned: Will GM get tens of millions of dollars from F-1? Ferrari gets 30 million a year as a participation trophy.