Comprising petrol and diesel units, power ranges from 63kW to 110kW.
Along with being up to 15 per cent more fuel efficient, all engines feature stop-start technology and battery regeneration as standard.
With power figures of 63kW, 77kW, 90kW and 103kW, the petrol TSI engine range sees a claimed best fuel consumption of 5.0L/100km. The 77kW, 81kW and 110kW diesel TDI range delivers a claimed best of 3.9L/100km when tied to a six-speed manual transmission.
Both five and six-speed manuals gearboxes are offered in the seventh-generation Golf hatch-based wagon, with six of the seven TSI and TDI engines available with a six- or seven-speed dual clutch DSG.
Volkswagen says two TDI engines will have the option of being teamed with the company’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system.
While an electronic differential lock features as a standard item for the first time, in another first, the new wagon can also be ordered with dynamic chassis control (DCC) and a driving profile selector that allows drivers to choose a more comfort- or sports-orientated setting. As an alternative to the DCC system, which lowers ride height by 10mm, a ‘classic’ sports suspension option will lower the car by 15mm.
Measuring 307mm longer than the hatch, the new Volkswagen Golf wagon offers 605 litres of boot space and a total capacity of 1620L with the split and folding rear seat backrests folded forward – 100L more luggage space and 125L greater total capacity over the model it replaces.
The new wagon also now gets a roll-up cargo cover with a two-stage automatic rolling feature and an adjustable – and entirely removable – boot floor.
Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and road sign recognition join further safety tech including an optional PreCrash occupant protection system, front assist with city emergency braking and automatic post-collision braking that will automatically apply the car’s brakes after an initial impact.
The new Volkswagen Golf wagon is due to reach local showrooms in early 2014, following the arrival of the new 163kW Golf GTI in the fourth quarter of 2013.