Roadshow editors pick the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.
Volkswagen Golf SportWagen: Wood paneling not included (pictures)
Most US buyers may not appreciate station wagons, but for those that do, Volkswagen has the updated Golf SportWagen, a wagon with loads of cargo space, an economical diesel engine and even a manual transmission option.
To make room for the diesel exhaust clean-up system, Volkswagen uses a torsion bar rear suspension in the SportWagen TDI, while the gas engine version gets a more sophisticated multi-link rear suspension.
Whether diesel or gasoline engine, the Golf SportWagen can be had with six speed manual or six speed DSG automated manual transmission. The automated manual uses computer-controlled clutches for efficient gear changes, and can shift automatically.
This example of the Golf SportWagen shows it with a roof rack. Michael Klopotowski, Volkswagen’s product planner for the Golf family, noted that bicyclists can more easily reach the rack, which sits on the 5 foot high roof, as opposed to with a taller SUV.