After an entire generation shunned them for fear of replicating National Lampoon’s reckless road adventures, station wagons are suddenly back in vogue. Need proof? Look no further than the Volkswagen Golf GTD Variant, a turbodiesel wagon that’s surprisingly sporty and perfectly practical. It’s an even better version of the Golf TDI SportWagen.
Using the same 2.0 liter turbodiesel as its hatchback cousin, the GTD Variant makes 181 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Alas, the extra heft cut into its 0 to 60 MPH time, taking it up to 7.9 seconds compared to 7.5 seconds for the hatchback version. The extra versatility of the wagon body style is well worth the slower acceleration if you ask me though.
Even with all that torque, the GTD Variant is still rated at about 53 MPG on the U.S. testing cycle, down 3 MPG from the hatchback but still more efficient than many cars, hybrid or otherwise, on the road.
The GTD also gets smoked taillights, model-specific bumpers and grille, as well as chrome-plated twin tailpipes. Make no mistake, this diesel wagon is a few steps above the famous Mercedes diesels of the 1980s, and probably a good bit more comfortable too. Best of all, the GTD Variant is more than just a concept; it’s actually on sale in Europe right now. Alas, it’s unlikely to ever make it to America, as despite Volkswagen’s supposed commitment to diesel vehicles, the GTD still remains unavailable over here.
Why do you tease me so, Vdub?