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.