In Canada it's called the Golf Wagon, in the United States, it's known as the Jetta Sportwagen, and in Europe, it's the Golf Estate. All different names for the same car: the Volkswagen Golf Wagon. The new edition is already being sold in Europe, and we will get our hands on it in early 2015.
This car is very interesting because it offers plenty of space, comes with a diesel version and now, offers a smaller silhouette with sporty accents. It's new front end was inspired by the regular Golf, sporting a much more dynamic appearance.
Two powertrains are on the schedule. First, a turbocharged four-cylinder 1.8 litre gasoline engine that can be paired to either a manual five-speed or a six-speed automatic, and delivers 170 horsepower. A diesel, the single one in this vehicle's category, gets 150 horses and is also equipped with a turbocharger. It's choice of transmissions is more advanced; a manual six-speed or a dual-clutch six-speed automatic. AWD could be offered as an option.
We don't know if all of this equipment will make it's way across the Atlantic, but the European Golf Estate offers a fatigue detector which warns the driver via visual or audible signals that he seems to be dozing and is exhibiting abnormal behaviour. An infotainment system is also available. It plays all kinds of media, conventional radio, and connects to devices through USB or AUX connections. There is even a slot for SD cards. Devices can also be paired through Bluetooth connectivity. Voice commands are also available.
Presumably, some equipment will continue to appear on the new model. The Golf Sportwagen could be equipped with an electronic sunroof, heated front seats and washer nozzles, heated mirrors, dual zone climate control and roof rails.
It's arrival in Canada is planned for early 2015, and while no pricing has been announced yet, the current model starts at $23,575.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca