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2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Concept Debut

The 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen Concept previews the automaker's newest wagon, due in America early next year.

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What's New

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Concept previews the latest iteration of the vehicle previously known as the Jetta Sportwagen in America. The Sportwagen has always been built on Golf architecture, but for some odd reason, was given the Jetta moniker. Now aptly named, this latest version is also lighter, bigger, roomier, more fuel efficient, and more powerful than the old Sportwagen. The "Concept" features the Wolfsburg, Germany automaker's all-wheel drive system, known as 4Motion. VW hasn't confirmed if this will be on the production model that we'll see on this continent early next year. What we do know is it will feature TDI diesel engines with improved fuel economy, built on the latest MQB architecture. The new Golf Sportwagen will also feature 10 percent more cargo room with the seats folded, in addition to more rear-passenger leg room.

Who It's For

With its generous cargo room, relative sporty attributes, and excellent TDI diesel fuel economy, the 2015 Golf Sportwagen will appeal to young families or those shopping the compact crossover and CUV market. Buyers looking at, say, a Subaru Outback, will benefit from the TDI's superior fuel economy, while those shopping wagons from Acura, or premium German makes will pony up significantly more to get behind the wheel. The 1.8-liter turbocharged diesel engine will also offer greater levels of performance and fun, for those looking for a little more in their family hauler.

Key Features

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen previews the latest iteration of the automaker's versatile wagon, previously known in America as the Jetta Sportwagen.
  • Engines: a choice of two fuel efficient diesel engines, including a sportier turbocharged TDI
  • Fuel Economy: already good fuel efficiency gets up to a 17 percent boost
  • Versatility: sporty nature and as much cargo space as some CUVs
  • Concept previews a production model: expected to arrive in the U.S. early 2015

What We Think

The 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen Concept improves on the previous Jetta Sportwagen in every key area, making it more appealing than ever. The wagon market is not what it once was in the U.S., and the rise of the compact crossover and CUV has jeopardized the segment further. But there is still room and a desire for sporty wagons, and with even added fuel efficiency of the Golf Sportwagen's diesel engines, the model should do a good job filling a niche for the automaker.

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