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2014 Volkswagen Golf Variant Debut

The 2014 Volkswagen Golf Variant is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in Volkswagen's lineup.

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What's New

In Europe, they call it the Golf Variant. In the United States, we call it the Jetta Wagon. Regardless of the name, the all-new version of the wagon was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The Variant is up to 232 pounds lighter than previous editions. European versions will get a new 110 horsepower engine, making it the most fuel-efficient car in the Volkswagen lineup with a combined fuel economy of almost 60 mpg when equipped with a manual transmission; for the U.S., expect the usual choices of a five-cylinder or turbocharged four-cylinder, or a turbocharged diesel to be available. New features that combine safety and technology come standard, and other driver assistance technologies are also available. With more cargo space, great gas mileage, and a lighter frame, the new Golf Variant is definitely a car to keep your eye on.

Who It's For

The Volkswagen team has thought of it all for their new Golf Variant wagon. High tech features like the updated infotainment system and Stop/Start system and battery regeneration mode make this car stand out from the crowd. With a cargo area that's now 41.5 inches long, the Variant can handle almost any cargo need with ease. Whether that is taking the dogs to go hiking or stocking up at the grocery store, the new Golf Variant offers something for everyone. The Variant can go almost anywhere and handle different driving settings with its five different driving modes. It has been designed with the Golf hatchback in mind, but with subtle differences setting it apart from the rest of the Volkswagen lineup.

Key Features

The list of standard features on the Variant goes on for days, with safety, technology, and comfort blended together in a cohesive union. There are even three sizes of standard touchscreens to choose from. Standout available features include:
  • PreCrash preventive occupant protective system
  • ESC intervention
  • City Emergency Braking
  • Automatic Distance Control
  • ergoActive seats

What We Think

With sleek styling inside and out, what's not to like about the new Volkswagen Golf Variant? If and when this car comes to the U.S. as the next-generation Jetta wagon, it will no doubt be a hit. Great gas mileage alone would have made this car popular in the states, but when you factor in everything else, the five driving modes, the standard safety and technology features, extra cargo room, there doesn't seem to be anything forgotten on Volkswagen's part. All that's left to factor in is the price, which has yet to be released.

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