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by Tim Beissmann

Hot on the heels of Volkswagen’s unveiling of the new Passat earlier this afternoon comes another all-new model line for Australia – the Volkswagen Golf Wagon.

Standing at 4.63m (around 430mm longer than the hatch), rear storage volume is 505-litres up to the load sill at window height, 690-litres above the sill, and 1495-litres with the rear bench seat folded down.

With the rear bench folded, the continuous flat cargo area from the driver’s backrest measures 1.7m (1.07m with the seat up), while additional storage space can be found beneath the cargo floor and in the side panelling.

Stopping your load from sliding around is a standard cargo partition net which functions with the rear bench up or down, four fold-away tie-down eyes and additional bag hooks in the side panelling.

Another feature unique to the Wagon is the optional panoramic sunroof which spans 1.36m down the length and 0.87m across the width of the ceiling. It consists of two halves, with the front section able to be raised or fully opened, and can be closed completely thanks to the electrically-powered sunshade.

Like the current hatch range, the Golf Wagon is available in both Trendline and Comfortline specifications and comes with two petrol and two diesel power plants with the same three transmission options.

The 77TDI uses 4.7 litres/100km with the five-speed manual (5.2 with the seven-speed DSG), which actually outperforms the hatch in manual form (4.9 litres/100km). CO2 emissions are also lower at 124g/km (manual) and 135 (DSG), compared to 150 and 144 respectively.

The 103TDI loses the manual option of the hatch and is available only with the six-speed DSG. It uses 5.7 litres/100km and emits 149g/km CO2.

The 90TSI base petrol option comes as a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG. Combined economy is 6.7 litres/100km (manual) and 6.2 (DSG) with CO2 up to 156g/km and 144 respectively.

The 118TSI Comfortline also loses its manual option and burns through 6.3 litres/100km and 148g/km CO2 in seven-speed DSG form.

Safety-wise, the wagon misses out on the driver’s knee airbag of the hatch, but still does well with dual front, side and curtains.

Park assist, which automatically reverse parallel parks the car, and a rear view camera are available as options on the Wagon.

The 2010 Volkswagen Golf Wagon range is now available at the following manufacturer’s list prices:

  • 90TSI Trendline – $26,990 ($29,490 DSG)
  • 77TDI Trendline – $29,490 ($31,990 DSG)
  • 118TSI Comfortline – $33,990
  • 103TDI Comfortline – $36,490

 

Stay tuned for the 2010 Volkswagen Golf Wagon First Steer which will be online soon.




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