LA MOTOR SHOW: Golf R wagon revealed

Ah, the sports wagon. A utilitarian device that swallows kids, dogs, surfboards, and now in VW’s case: race tracks. The German carmaker has announced it will build the Golf R wagon it revealed at the LA Auto Show.

Up back the car will hold up to 605 litres worth of family paraphernalia, 262 litres more than the five-door Golf R hatch. Fold the rear seats down and you’ll have 1620 litres to play with.

The Golf R wagon’s driveline is identical to its hatch sibling’s so it’s got that rorty 2.0-litre turbo four outputting 221kW and 380Nm (in Euro spec). There’s no mention of a weight figure, but VW says it’ll sling shot to triple figures in 5.1sec, 0.1sec slower than its (206kW) Australian hatch-back equivalent.

The mechanical similarity between it and our Bang For Your Bucks $50K-$100K winner also means it has the same multi-mode chassis damping and ESC that can be fully neutered.

Unlike the hatch, though, the R wagon will only come equipped with a DSG transmission, and it’s currently unconfirmed for Australia, despite aspirations for it to join our local market. 

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  • Sports cars not offered in real manual is such a shame. Supposedly our demographic of clutch pedal lovers is small, yet there were a significant number of potential sales lost with the Polo GTi not being available in manual last time around. Unless Subaru bring back the WRX Wagon (Levorg), this would be on the list (if it were in manual).