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by David Zalstein

Starting at $25,540, the new Volkswagen Golf wagon has joined its hatch sibling in local showrooms.

Matching the line-up of the all-new Mk7 Golf on which it is based, except without manual transmission availability, the Volkswagen Golf wagon teams three trim specification levels with three turbocharged four-cylinder engines – two 1.4-litre petrols and one 2.0-litre diesel.

The entry-level 90kW/200Nm 90TSI costs $1550 more than its hatch equivalent, while an identically powered mid-spec 90TSI Comfortline (above) asks $29,290, up $1550 on the hatch. First-time premium models the 103kW/250Nm 103TSI Highline ($33,840) and 110kW/320Nm 110TDI Highline ($36,340 – below) both rise by $1850 over their Golf hatch equivalents.

Unlike the hatch, however, all Golf wagon variants are paired with a dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission – with six ratios on the diesel unit and seven on both petrols.

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Fuel consumption is claimed at 5.3 litres per 100km for the 90TSI, 5.2L/100km for the 103TSI and 4.7L/100km for the 110TDI – figures that equal or better their hatch equivalents.

The 103TSI and 110TDI share the fastest acceleration time, with both wagons reaching 100km/h in a claimed 8.9 seconds, or a mere 0.5sec and 0.3sec off their respective hatch near-twins.

Other than the wagon’s additional black roof rails, standard equipment on the entry-level 90TSI hatchback is largely carried over from the hatch and includes a 5.8-inch multimedia touchscreen and eight-speaker audio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, cloth seats, cruise control, regular air conditioning and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A set of 15-inch alloy wheels also replace the hatch’s identically sized steel items.

The 90TSI Comfortline adds a rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels and chrome roof rails.

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The 103TSI and 110TDI Highline models further add front fog lights, satellite navigation, Alcantara and cloth trim, comfort sports front seats, LED reading lights, LED ambient lighting, 17-inch alloy wheels and chrome window surrounds.

Metallic paint costs $500 extra, while sat-nav adds $950 to the Comfortline.

Optional on Highline are a panoramic electric glass sunroof ($1850), bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime driving lights ($2150) and leather appointed upholstery ($2950).

On Comfortline and Highline models, a driver assistance package is available across the range for $1300, comprising adaptive cruise control, front assist with city emergency brake, proactive occupant protection and a four-mode driving profile selection system that allows drivers to choose from ‘Eco’, ‘Sport’, ‘Normal’, or ‘Individual’ set ups. The latest generation of Volkswagen’s park assist technology is also included in the package and now aids in not only parallel parking but also reverse parking at right angles to the road and in exiting parking spaces.

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An alarm also asks $600 extra on each grade.

The first of its kind to sit on the Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, the 1312kg Volkswagen Golf wagon is 165kg lighter than its predecessor and provides 100 litres more boot space – 605L versus 505L.

Total capacity is also up 125L to 1620L with the 60/40 split-fold rear seats folded flat (a task now made easier with new remote unlatching levers located in the boot side wall). Both cargo space figures far exceed the Golf hatch’s 380L and 1270L numbers.

Developed in tandem with, and not derived from, its hatch stablemate, the new Golf wagon is 4657mm long, 1799mm wide and 1496mm high making it 26mm longer, 18mm wider and 28mm lower than its predecessor. Its 2620mm wheelbase is also a gain of 46mm over the outgoing car.




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