The new member of the seventh generation of the Golf family, the Golf SportWagen. Volkswagen currently offers five Golf models in the US, the previous version sold as the Jetta SportWagen, although it was technically a Golf. The SportWagen employs the same engines as the Golf, but significantly stretches its new MQB(Modular Transversal Toolkit) architecture. The Gold SportWagen is offered with two powertrains the EA888 1.8 litre, 170hp turbocharged and direct injection four cylinder TDI clean diesel, fitted with a six speed manual or a six speed DSG dual clutch automatic transmission. The 1.8T model with manual transmission has EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 36mpg, while the TDI clean diesel model with the stick shift gets an impressive 43 highway mpg according to EPA estimates. In addition to a long list of standard amenities, several new comfort and convenience features will be available on the 2015 Golf SportWagen including the fender premium audio system, a 12 way power drivers seat and climatronic automatic air conditioning. Newly trending driver assistance features include the automatic post collision braking system, the forward collision warning system and front and rear park distance control. An available lighting package includes LED daytime running lights and the adaptive front lighting system.
The 2015 Golf SportWagen is treated to the same sharpened lines and updated proportions as the other seventh generation Golf models. The SportWagen is wrapped in sheet metal that is totally modern yet unmistakably part of the VW Golf DNA. The shape and design elements remain as defined and recognizable as ever, although distinctive elements such as the D-pillar, the roof rails and the unique rear design differentiate the SportWagen from the Golf hatchback. The front end features a hood that slopes down into the front fenders and sports angular horizontal design cues and a slender radiator grille. At the back, the wide rear window, geometric two part taillights and a wide, low tailgate that integrates the license plate area, pay homage to the outgoing Jetta SportWagen and solidify the new car's place in the Golf family. With a load height of just 14.8 inches and a wide aperture of 40.6 inches, the new Golf SportWagen is even more practical than its predecessor. The SportWagen's TSI S model is equipped with 15inch aluminum alloy wheels, while the base TDI S gets treated to 16inch wheels. The SE trimline has 17inch wheels for both TSI and TDI models, while the topline EL trims have 18inch alloys. A panoramic sunroof is standard equipment on all trim models except the S and the SEL has silver roof rails to set it apart from its S and SE brethren.
The EA888 engine line is a state-of-the-art design that uses intelligent downsizing to deliver comparable power and torque to the outgoing engine, while at the same time improving efficiency substantially. The engine produces 170hp at 4800rpm, the same maximum output as the 2.5litre unit it replaces, but its increased torque peak of 199lb ft. for automatic transmission models occurs much lower in the power band. The engine offers much better acceleration as well as helping to deliver better fuel economy and lower emissions than before. At just 290 pounds, the new engine is also lighter than the five cylinder unit, thanks to a combination of compact design, streamlined componentry and a focus on lightweight materials. The cast iron engine block uses a casting with a wall thickness of just 0.12 inches to reduce its weight to 72 pounds, while a lightweight polymer oilpan and aluminum alloy screws and fasteners also trim mass. Other changes that help the engine shed pounds include a reduction from eight to four counterweights on the crankshaft and the use of smaller diameter main bearings.
The upscale environment of the SportWagen cabin is largely shared with the Golf models upon which its based, but interior volume is increased because of the wagon body style. In addition to the expansive interior space, the driver controls are positioned for optimal ergonomics and usability. Seat placement, shifter height and even the spacing between the pedals have all been fine tuned as well. This new driver centric design focus is evident from the center stack, which is now angled towards the driver, a feature frequently seen in premium luxury or performance vehicles. While back lighting for the controls further highlights this upscale ambiance, as well as use of premium material throughout, such as the leather wrapped handbrake, shifter knob and steering wheel, the soft touch plastics and piano black trim. The SportWagen's touchscreen infotainment center, is standard on all models, is shared with the rest of the Golf family. The 5.8 inch touchscreen display utilizes a capacitive touch sensor rather than the more restrictive touchscreens that require pressure, enabling gesture controls like swiping and even pinch zooming.
The price starts at $21,395 for the 1.8T S model with manual transmission. The 2015 SportWagen carries on the Golf reputation as a fun, ergonomic and practical ride, only redefined with increased utility.
A versatile, compact SUV, fuel-efficient and fun to drive vehicle, a car for the smart individualist.
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