What Is It?
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Concept
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Concept previews the bigger, more fuel-efficient replacement for the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. The concept features all-wheel drive and a diesel engine. A VW spokesman confirmed that this SportWagen is considered a concept, as it is equipped with all-wheel drive to gauge reaction to the idea. All-wheel drive is not yet a final decision for the upcoming production version.
When Does It Go On Sale?
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen will arrive at dealerships in early 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
Official pricing has not been announced, but the Golf SportWagen is expected to be priced similarly to the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. The base 2014 Jetta SportWagen starts at $21,815, including an $820 destination charge.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
Turbocharged and direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine; 170 horsepower; 199 pound-feet
Five-speed manual transmission standard; six-speed automatic transmission optional
Turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter diesel engine; 150 hp; 236 lb-ft
Six-speed manual standard; dual-clutch automatic transmission optional
The EPA has not posted official fuel economy numbers, but Volkswagen of America said these powertrains will offer high fuel economy that's improved by as much as 17 percent compared to the 2.5-liter Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.
The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen with a diesel engine and a manual transmission returns 30 mpg in city driving and 42 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA. The gasoline-version Jetta SportWagen with a manual transmission returns 23 mpg in city driving and 33 mpg on the highway.
How Is It Different From the Jetta SportWagen?
The Golf SportWagen is bigger, lighter, more spacious and more fuel-efficient than the Jetta Sportwagen. The Golf SportWagen is 1.1 inches longer and 0.7 inch wider than the current SportWagen model. It is also 0.9 inches lower, making it more aerodynamic. Passengers will get more rear-seat leg-and shoulder room, along with a bit more headroom. Volkswagen said there is also more cargo room with the rear seats folded than the outgoing model.
What Kind of New Optional Equipment Is Offered?
New features include a panoramic sunroof, 12-way power driver seat, automatic climate control system, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, park distance control and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
What Kind of Standard Safety Features Does It Have?
The Golf SportWagen features a new standard driver assistance system called the automatic post-collision braking system. This system automatically engages the vehicle's brakes after it is involved in a crash to help reduce secondary collisions and to help bring the vehicle to a stop.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Honda CR-V : Volkswagen said the Golf SportWagen is a sportier alternative to compact SUVs. It faces tough competition going up against the CR-V, which is a top choice among consumers because of its roomy cabin, fuel efficiency and family-friendly features. But you can't get a diesel engine in the CR-V.
Ford Focus Hatchback: This sharp handling four-door hatchback matches up well with the Golf in terms of size and features. For 2015, the Focus will also offer an extremely fuel-efficient 1.0-liter engine for those looking for maximum mileage.
Scion xB: The Scion xB is a capable, competent people mover and cargo hauler that's easily customized. But fuel economy is lackluster and you can't get a diesel engine.
Should You Wait for It?
There aren't many small station wagons offered in the U.S. so if your heart is set on one this Golf could be worth the wait. If all you need is a little extra cargo room in a compact package, however, there are many small SUVs and spacious hatchbacks that will also fulfill your needs.