Don’t be fooled by the frumpy face and stretched wheelbase, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Sportwagen ain’t no Jetta, but it’s close to the perfect car. With ample utility, plenty of torque, and hybrid-rivaling fuel economy, the Golf TDI Sportwagen concept is just the latest expansion of Volkswagen’s MQB platform.
The new long-roof version of the 2015 Golf is like a gift from the car gods to every auto writer out there; an affordable, diesel station wagon with an available manual transmission. Sure, it’s just a concept, but Volkswagen is already planning on bringing the Sportwagen to America in much the same form, with wiether a 2.0 liter TDI or 1.8 liter turbo gas engine. According to Volkswagen, the Golf Sportwagen will be up to 17% more efficient than the Jetta Sportwagen it takes after.
Alas, the one feature that makes this concept a cut above the rest, its all-wheel drive system, may not make the cut when it comes time for production next year. I’m sure all my fellow New Englanders are sad to hear that, though the inclusion of a manual transmission option means even better MPGs. As it stands, the 2014 Jetta TDI Sportwagen is rated at 30 MPG in the city and 42 MPG on the highway. If Vdub’s predictions are true, the Golf Sportwagen should be good for close to 34 MPG around town, and close to 50 MPG on the highway.
A 50 MPG turbodiesel station wagon with an available manual transmission? I’ve died and gone to car guy heaven. The only way it could be better is with rear-wheel drive, but as the Rolling Stones once sang, you can’t always get what you want. For now, the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Sportwagen is close-enough to perfect for me to want one for myself.