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Old 11-28-2012, 12:29 PM   #1
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Default VW Golf VII Station Wagon: Will it look like this? Spy shots!





Nice rendering here of the next-generation VW Golf VII Station Wagon. Check the latest spy shots below!
Based on the redesigned hatchback, the estate will feature familiar styling but adopt a larger boot that will reportedly accommodate an additional 120 liters (4.2 cubic feet) of luggage. The model will also come with a roof rack for even more cargo carrying capability.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:07 PM   #2
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Definitely nicer front end but everything behind the A-pillar is more or less the same. Snore.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:15 PM   #3
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Interesting that the tester is wearing the MK7 GTI concept's wheels. I hope that means those wheels will be in production because they are sharp looking.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:36 PM   #4
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Interesting that the tester is wearing the MK7 GTI concept's wheels. I hope that means those wheels will be in production because they are sharp looking.
Or that there will be a wagon GTI version
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:28 PM   #5
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Or that there will be a wagon GTI version
I doubt it. When we first got the Jetta Sportwagen they had the 2.0T as an option that was axed just after the first model year.

On other hand their TDI variants do very well, can't remember the last time I saw a Sportwagen with a 2.5 badge, so maybe this will give room for a GDI Sportwagen.... meh, probably not.
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On other hand their TDI variants do very well, can't remember the last time I saw a Sportwagen with a 2.5 badge, so maybe this will give room for a GDI Sportwagen.... meh, probably not.
Bought a 2.5 JSW for my wife earlier this month, actually.

Would've gotten the 2.0T + DSG if it was offered. Would not buy the TDI with the ongoing HPFP issues that VW is having, though I think about 80% of the ones they sell are the TDI anyway.

Couldn't be happier so far. Needed a family-capable car and we didn't like any of the CUVs. Mazda 3, Hyundai/Kia hatches were WAY smaller, and BMW/Audi/Merc wagons were WAY more $$$.

We've put almost 2k mi. on it in 3 weeks; it's a very nice place to be driving around town & on the highway, and feels like a much more expensive car.

There are almost 0 other options for smaller wagons in the $20-30k segment anyway, so I'm glad the JSW exists for those of us who want one.
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I doubt it. When we first got the Jetta Sportwagen they had the 2.0T as an option that was axed just after the first model year.

On other hand their TDI variants do very well, can't remember the last time I saw a Sportwagen with a 2.5 badge, so maybe this will give room for a GDI Sportwagen.... meh, probably not.
GTI + TDI = GTD

Even though the CR TDI does have its fair share of issues, it's hard to justify the 2.5 as that engine is beyond awful to operate. It feels like something from the 90s, buzzy, unrefined, slow, and not quite economical either. They should have kept the 2.0T as the only petrol engine and axe the 2.5. I guess they are trying to meet a price point. Just terrible.

The Sportwagen design is nice though, well thought out station wagon with a hint of sportiness. There are some nicely modded ones out there.
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The 2.5 isn't really all that bad, honestly. I think it just pales in comparison because the (unavailable) 2.0T is such a jewel of an engine.

The 2.5 is merely inoffensive - it's not particularly fast and it gets "okay" mileage.

Maybe I'm no stickler on refinement, because I DD an '02 WRX, which has an idle like a tugboat. It's also clearly superior to the wife's early '00s Mitsu 4-cyl, which it replaced.

It is far, far away from being "beyond awful", IMHO.
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Or that there will be a wagon GTI version
The 2.0 TDI engine will remain the same I'm sure (all of its US-only issues seem to be fixed now, fwiw) and they won't offer the 2.5 any more. I think the base engine will be a small turbo gasser. I strongly doubt a GTI wagon for us but hey if they give you a 1.6T maybe you can squeeze 300hp out of it before fiery death.

I'm really hoping they don't tune down this next Golf's interior quality for the US. That's the NUMBER ONE thing about my JSW that has me wanting to come back for the next gen. The Golf is nicer than anything under $30k. My buddy got the new Jetta sedan instead and constantly kicks himself. He even talks about getting custom interior work done to dull the cheapy plastic pain.
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