Golf SportWagen will reach the US markets in April this year. The pricing begins at 1.8T S variant that comes for $ 21,395. The models are based on Modular Transverse Matrix architecture. The all- new SportWagen has been made lighter, more fuel efficient and mightier as well.
The car makers offer two powertrains. One is the EA888 four-cylinder 1.8-liter turbocharged that churns out 170 HP. This TSI® engine comes with direct injection and gives the buyers two choices for transmission – five-speed manual and six-speed automatic. The second powertrain is TDI®EA288 four-cylinder Clean Diesel that delivers 150 HP. This one too is offered with two options- six-speed manual transmission or DSG® six-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Just like the other seventh-generation models of Golf, the new SportWagen’s exterior too bears the same impressive sharp lines. The car is crafted from sheetmetal. The new design of the rear end, roof rails and D-pillar is what makes this model stand out and make it different from Golf hatchback. The front end boasts a beautifully sculpted hood that slopes gradually towards the front fenders. The hood’s design cues are angular horizontal and the radiator grille is slender looking. In the back, the car has taillights with two-part geometry. The car’s load height of only 24.8 inches and the aperture is 40.6 wide.
The length of this model amounts to 179.6 inches. Its width is 70.8 inches. When compared to the Jetta SportWagen, Golf SportWagen is 1.1 inches longer and 0.7 inches wider. The car is shorter by about 1.1 inches. The changes have altogether enhanced the aerodynamics. The car thus has greater fuel efficiency and sportier looks now.
The TSI S variant runs on 15-inch wheels of aluminum-alloy. TDI S comes with 16-inch wheels. The trim line SE offers 17-inch wheels in case of both TSI as well as TDI. The SEL trims get 18-inch alloy wheels. Except for S and SEL, The company offers panoramic sunroof as the standard feature on the all the trim models. S and SEL come with silver roof rails.
The SEL and SE feature fog lights and also package of standalone lighting. The package offers LED daytime running lights, Volkswagen Adaptive lighting for the front besides the Bi-Xenon headlights. Volkswagen Adaptive lighting is a system that turns the beam of main headlight by maximum 15% when the steering wheel rotates to light up the bends of the road. This operates at speeds greater than 6 mph.
V-tex leatherette has been used to wrap the seats. The car makers have incorporated a wide range of features to ensure that the occupants have the most comfortable journey. The Golf SportWagen comes with powered windows, mirrors & locks, steering wheel that is multifunctional and also Bluetooth. The infotainment system features a 5.8-inch touchscreen. The display uses the capacitive type touch sensor, the same tech that is present on devices like smartphones and tablets. This technology is better than the resistive technology that is common on other touchscreens – that need pressure. Users can thus enjoy features like pinch-zooming and swiping.
Infotainment system comes with SiriusXM® Satellite radio and navigation system as well. The display features the function of proximity sensing that detects the presence of a hand near the display. The device then alters the display to a layout that is more finger-friendly. MDI has been placed in the center stack. Slots for SD cards and CDs have been provided in the glovebox that is now larger.
The controls have been relocated to optimize usability as well as ergonomics. The company has fine-tuned shifter height, space between pedals and seat placement. The center stack has been angled in the direction on of the driver. The new design of the interior is thus driver-centric.