A little more than a year after the arrival of the eighth generation of the Golf sedan, Volkswagen presented the station wagon versions, which as per tradition (alongside the hatchbacks from the third generation onwards) are called Variant and Alltrack. The first indicates the classic model, the second the all-wheel drive model with the more adventurous set-up. Compared to the car it replaces, the new Golf Variant is 66 mm longer, of which 38 mm is a wheelbase; a dimensional increase that has improved the space for the legs of the rear passengers (941 mm in total) and the maximum one for luggage, which reaches the value of 1,642 liters. But if for a station wagon attention to interior volume is a must, that to design is almost a novelty in Wolfsburg, understood not in an absolute sense, but as a willingness to dare.
The new Golf Variant, in fact, has a sportier profile than the previous one, with a tail that incorporates some of the canons of the so-called “shooting brake”, also improving the aerodynamic qualities. The latter, together with the new engines, have led to greater overall efficiency. Also on the new Volkswagen compact station wagon comes the 48-volt mild hybrid system coupled to the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. It is available on the 110, 130 and 150 bhp eTSI engines, in addition to the two 115 and 150 bhp 2-liter turbodiesels with twin SCR catalytic converters and twin dosing, the technology that transforms nitrogen oxides into water and nitrogen. Of the turbo petrol there are also the traditional versions (TSI) with the same power values, plus one with methane (1.5 TGI) of 130 HP. The most powerful engine is the 200 HP 2.0 TDI is reserved for the Golf Alltrack and is combined with the DSG gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive.
The cockpit resumes that of the Golf 8 sedan, with touch surfaces, touchsliders and digital screens that have taken the place of the classic buttons and analog displays, also supporting a new generation infotainment system. For the first time, the head-up display is available and there are advanced driving assistance systems such as Travel Assist, which combines adaptive cruise control and Lane Assist up to 210 km / h. Finally, speaking of prices, the Italian range starts at € 27,050 for the 1.0 TSI EVO Life, while the Diesel versions start at € 30,900 and the Alltrack rises to € 44,100.
Front Assist with City emergency braking and pedestrian recognition, the new turning assistant, the XDS electronic transverse locking device and the Car2X local warning system, in addition to digital instrumentation, online services are standard on all trim levels. We Connect Plus, automatic climate control, keyless starting system, front and rear parking sensors and LED headlights.