HD First Drive Review – 2015 VW Golf SportWagen TDI SE 6-Speed Manual

Listen to that TDI growl through the gears!


A first drive of VW’s new Golf Sportwagen TDI shows that this new vehicle brings all the Euro manners you could imagine — all at a great price.

What? About a Volkswagen!?

Yes, the VW Golf range is all pretty fantastic, but pricing can feel ambitious on the GTI and Golf R. At first sight, we worried the Golf Sportwagen would kill its appeal with a $38,000 price.

Nope. $28k base with $1000 lighting pack and $700 driver assist pack takes us to just $30,505.

True value-oriented pricing on the six-speed manualhas to be balanced over the incredible chassis and turbo-diesel powertrain. Almost a playful Euro-squirt of torque comes on smoothly but briefly, demanding eager rowing of the manual box — yet it comes away feeling special and playful up front. 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel in the Golf Sportwagen has EPA stats of 31-mpg city, 43-mpg highway with real-life cruising tallies in the high 50’s — as we confirm in the video here. (After some fumbling in menus during this one-take first drive.)

150-horsepower and 236-pound-feet of torque make this TDI more of an eco sell than for quickness, with the $1100 DSG automatic recommended for those living in cities. The stick is a joy, as mentioned, but needs attention to keep on boil.

The SE trim brings a big new touchscreen nav setup, huge moonroof and titan black leatherette seating. It sounds chinsy, feels good and techy and durable as a fabric. Seat adjustment and range in the driver’s seat of the Golf Sportwagen is a major change versus the previous Jetta estate — which sat all drivers up high and awkward.

A few exclamations of love and hate for VW in this video – which barely does this smooth and cool new Golf wagon justice. The only thing we’d add? Bigger wheels than the 17’s fitted to the SE trim level. 16-inchers come on the base S Sportwagen – so you have been warned!

This new wagon also opens a mouth-watering prospect: a Golf R Sportwagen. That would be a true fast wagon icon.

But even as it as with TSI or TDI engines, there is a new and welcome charm to this long-roof Golf.

Enjoy the 115 new photos of the car inside and out, plus the full USA trim and pricing list below.


With some tinted glass and big wheels… there is potential here. A new high-speed, high-style wagon is born…!?


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