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The Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion is going into production as a premium, all-electric wagon

The Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion is going into production as a premium, all-electric wagon

The 2023 Volkswagen ID.5 Estate is the electric Passat Wagon you’ve been dreaming about

Back in 2016, Volkswagen launched the first ID concept, signaling the birth of an all-electric sub-brand. Four years later and the German firm introduced the first two ID-badged production models, the ID.3 hatchback and the ID.4 crossover. At least six more electric vehicles are scheduled to hit the roads by 2023 and it seems Volkswagen is also working on a station wagon based on the ID Space Vizzion concept. The latest info coming from Volkswagen says that it will have a range of 700 km (around 435 miles).

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2022 Volkswagen Golf R Variant

2022 Volkswagen Golf R Variant

Is Volkswagen ready to give fast daddies a solution?

Performance and practicality are two words that rarely go together. More often than not we talk about the perfect compromise between the two, rather than the perfect blend. That doesn’t stop manufacturers from trying to give us the best performing version of a normal car.

Station wagons, in particular, seem to be making a comeback and currently, Volkswagen is rigorously testing a more practical version of its Golf R – the Variant. Regardless of which version we talk about, the people’s car from Germany has always been a good all-rounder, but does the Golf R Variant still has what it takes to compete?

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America Never Gets The Cool Cars – The Volkswagen Arteon R is the Latest Forbidden Fruit

America Never Gets The Cool Cars – The Volkswagen Arteon R is the Latest Forbidden Fruit

You can’t get the Volkswagen Arteon R here, but the Golf R will come soon enough.

It has barely been a month since Volkswagen revealed the refreshed Arteon and Arteon shooting brake. As a model that just landed in the States two years ago, I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t paid it much attention, and that means you probably didn’t know that there’s also an Arteon R – a mid-level performance car with more than 300 horsepower. Sounds great, right? Well, if you live in the United States, that’s too bad, because it’s our latest forbidden fruit.

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This Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake Is The Definition of Gorgeous

This Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake Is The Definition of Gorgeous

The good-looking Arteon looks even more handsome in this two-door Shooting Brake rendering

The U.S. market is bereft of wagons. In the last few years, most automakers pulled their wagons due to the falling demand. There aren’t a lot of options right now and even though there seems to be a positive response to wagons lately, automakers are still hesitant about getting them back. The latest example of this is the Volkswagen Arteon. The company recently refreshed the model and introduced a Shooting Brake version, but it won’t be reaching the U.S. shores.

To give you an idea of how of what we’re missing, here is a couple of renderings from X-Tomi Design that show how hot a two-door Arteon Shooting Brake would look.

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A Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake? Europe Has All the Awesome Cars

A Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake? Europe Has All the Awesome Cars

Look out for the 2021 Arteon to make a debut online on June 24

Volkswagen is looking to freshen up the Arteon - which it calls a Gran Turismo now - and with it, we’ll be getting the so-called Arteon Shooting Brake.

What’s more, in the carmaker’s own words, the incoming Arteon update is "major", so let’s see what that could mean, because there’s not much given away in the press blurb.

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2019 Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition

2019 Volkswagen Passat Variant R-Line Edition

An estate that is trying hard to convince you that it is not merely a family hauler

Less than a month after the company launched the facelifted version, Volkswagen is all set to launch the sporty variant of the Passat Estate at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Passat Variant R-Line Edition comes with a lot of new goodies and will certainly induce the younger folks’ interest. The company has announced that the R-Line edition will be limited to just 2,000 units!

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13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

Buck the trend, get a wagon!

High-riding vehicles, like crossovers and SUVs are at the height of popularity right now, but they’re not the only way to go if you want practicality and some off-road capability. Crossover style raised wagons are a great alternative and while they can still drive you over a rough field or rutted road with ease, they’re better to drive on road and actually pretty stylish.

They are essentially the wagon versions of different cars which have gained extra ride height and plastic cladding on the outside to protect them from scratches in their most vulnerable points. These vehicles usually have standard all-wheel drive and are usually a higher trim level, so they are not cheap (compared to the vehicle they’re based on) but they also come with a lot of equipment.

Here’s a list of the 13 coolest crossover-style wagons you can buy today.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf Estate TGI GMOTION

2018 Volkswagen Golf Estate TGI GMOTION

Adding spice to a CNG five-door

The annual GTI Fest at Lake Worthersee in Austria is currently underway, and per tradition, Volkswagen is bringing along a pair of custom rides built by a select group of apprentices to show off the next generation’s skill set. In addition to the GTI Next Level that we featured earlier this week, there’s also this spruced-up five-door wagon dubbed the GMOTION, intended to bring a combination of “sporting character, elegance, and off-road capabilities.”

Continue reading to learn what makes the Volkswagen Golf Estate TGI GMOTION special.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf Facelift launched in the U.S.

2018 Volkswagen Golf Facelift launched in the U.S.

The Golf line-up gets a humble facelift across its range. This includes the Golf hatch, Alltrack, SportWagen, GTI and the R. Some models get just the cosmetic updates, while the others get changes under the hood. Although they are mere updates and not new models altogether, the changes are significantly prominent to differentiate them from the older versions.

There are a few common changes across the range - the LED DRL’s being made standard on all models, slightly tweaked LED Tail-lights which complement the all-new rear bumper, rain sensing wipers, and automatic headlamps. The interiors get a new infotainment touchscreen, which according to Volkswagen, feature the latest software and react faster to touch inputs.

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Volkswagen Debuts Five Enthusiast Builds With Tasty Modification Ideas

Volkswagen Debuts Five Enthusiast Builds With Tasty Modification Ideas

More performance? More capability? More style? VW has you covered

Veedub enthusiasts are everywhere, as evidenced by the vast number of meets, clubs, and events that take place all over the world in celebration of some of the German automaker’s most popular models. One of the latest is happening right now at Hutchinson Island, in Savannah, Georgia. It’s called SoWo: The European Experience and, in addition to bringing out a diverse selection of vehicles from the Old Continent for some show, shine, and racing, Volkswagen is debuting five enthusiast builds in a lineup of show-ready compacts.

The debuts include a Beetle, a Jetta, and three Golfs, each of which arrives bearing a unique style and standout modifications that will surely draw interest from the attendant crowd. Volkswagen has a history of showing up at enthusiast events with factory-fresh modded models, and it’s great to see that tradition continued at SoWo. If you didn’t get a chance to see the cars in person, read on for a brief description of each, and let us know which is your favorite in the comments section!

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Ditch The SUV And Try One Of These Wagons Instead

Ditch The SUV And Try One Of These Wagons Instead

Ready to break away from the herd? One of these wagons might be the solution…

In case you haven’t noticed, American consumers are still enamored with the idea of driving around in a tall-bodied, relatively off-road capable SUV with loads of space to haul around many people and lots of things. Sales of such vehicles continue to rise, and automakers are responding by churning out new models by the truckload. But is there a better means to achieve similar ends? What if, for example, you want something with the capability, cargo space, and attitude of an SUV, but the maneuverability, ease of use, and comfort of a regular passenger car? Luckily, such a combo does exist, and we’ve got five of the best examples on the market lined up right here in this in-depth comparison article.

The five vehicles in question are (in alphabetical order) the Audi A4 Allroad, the Mini Clubman All4, the Subaru Outback, the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, and the Volvo V60 Cross Country. That’s right folks – wagons, representing a diverse price range and wide array of tastes. Once the torchbearer of utility and practicality, the wagon body style has declined in popularity with the rise of the SUV. But just because something is trendy doesn’t mean it’s good, right? Read on to find out what makes these five vehicles fantastic alternatives to the SUV status quo. You rebel, you.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf R Comes With More Power And Better Looks

2018 Volkswagen Golf R Comes With More Power And Better Looks

Still not as powerful as the Ford Focus RS

In November 2016, Volkswagen launched the facelifted, seventh-generation Golf, unveiling all versions of the popular hatchback save for the range-topping R. With 2017 just around the corner, the German car maker has quietly revealed the Golf R too. As expected, the beefed-up hatchback arrives with a slightly more powerful engine and an updated exterior.

Design-wise, the R model received the same updates as the rest of the Golf lineup. Up front, there’s a revised radiator grille with a chromed lower strip that extends through the new LED daytime running lights. The LED headlamps are also new and included in the standard package. Below, there’s a redesigned bumper with a larger opening in the middle and revised side vents with black-painted surrounds. The new bumper gives the Golf R a more aggressive stance compared to the outgoing model, which looked rather bland. Around back, notable changes include taillights with a new LED pattern and larger lamps in the bumper. The hatchback also rides on new, double-five-spoke wheels.

Inside, the R carried over with almost no changes in terms of styling, but got a wide array of new tech, starting with a new touchscreen with gesture control. There’s also a new fully digital instrument cluster measuring 12.3 inches and offering five different information profiles. Other novelties include the Media Control App, which provides an infotainment interface for tablets and smartphones, the Security & Service package with various apps and access to immediate assistance in the even for a crash or a breakdown, and an online anti-theft alarm.

Under the hood, the turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine received a mild power hike. Much like the Seat Leon Cupra, the Golf R now benefits from extra 10 PS (10 horsepower), which takes the total output to 310 PS (306 horsepower). The hatchback needs 4.6 seconds to hit 62 mph from a standing start on its way to a top speed of 155 mph. European pricing starts from €40,675 for the hatchback with the manual transmission and from €44,800 for the Variant wagon version with the DSG. U.S. pricing information is not yet available.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf Variant

2018 Volkswagen Golf Variant

The seventh-gen compact gets mid-cycle facelift, loads of new tech, and new turbo engine

The seventh-generation Golf was unveiled in 2012 and went on sale in Europe for the 2013 model year and crossed the pond to the United States for the 2015 model year. Built on the same MQB platform as the Audi A3, Seat Leon, and Skoda Octavia, the Golf Mk7 sports a more angular design and a longer wheelbase, while also being longer and wider than its predecessor. The roomier cabin gained new features and technology, including adaptive cruise control, a collision avoidance system, and driver fatigue detection. The compact arrived with a couple of brand-new engines, while the units that carried over were upgraded. Like its predecessor, the Golf Mk7 was made available in a variety of body styles and versions, including three- and five-door hatchback, wagon (Variant), GTi, GTE, and R. Now, the high-selling compact received its mid-cycle facelift in 2016.

Unveiled for the 2017 model year in Europe and the 2018 model year in North America the facelift brought new engines, a sharper design, new driver assistance systems, and a completely new generation of infotainment systems to all iterations of the seventh-generation Golf. The wagon version, also known as the Variant in Europe, will also benefit from these changes including the new exterior features front and rear and the brand-new, 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine.

There’s no official word as to when the revised Golf wagon will cross the pond to the U.S., but it’s safe to assume that it will arrive in dealerships alongside the hatchback sometime in 2017. Drivetrain details are also incomplete as of this writing, but Volkswagen should release more data closer to the car’s showroom introduction. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the Golf Variant, or SportWagen as it will be known here in the U.S.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Alltrack

A Golf wagon on stilts

It’s been a full year since Volkswagen showcased the Golf SportWagen Alltrack in prototype form at the 2015 New York Auto Show, and the production model is finally set to make its global debut at the 2016 edition of the same event. In essence, this is a compact station wagon version of the Golf we all know and love, only this time it’s on stilts. With a higher ground clearance, wider wheel arches and a Haldex-based all-wheel-drive system, it is probably the most adventurous-looking Volkswagen that isn’t an SUV.

Unlike the European version that debuted at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the American one features the "SportWagen" nameplate, but other than that it is identical. The Golf SportWagen Alltrack will go on sale in fall 2016, offering a non-SUV alternative to the slightly larger Tiguan.

“We heard from dealers and customers that they wanted to see a Golf SportWagen with the all-terrain capability that comes from an all-wheel drive system,” said Joerg Sommer, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy of Volkswagen of America. “We are excited to introduce the Golf Alltrack to meet the active lifestyle needs of our customers.

Updated 03/21/2016: Volkswagen announced it will bring the production version Golf SportWagen Alltrack at the 2016 New York Auto Show. The model is set to go on sale later in the fall.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Limited Edition

2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Limited Edition

VW adds new model to the Sportwagen lineup, bridging gap between S and SE models

Volkswagen’s Golf SportWagen lineup has had a huge gap in it. Currently, there are three trim levels – the S that goes for just over $21,000, the SE, which goes for just over $27,000, and the SEL that goes for almost $30,000. Now, Volkswagen is released a new SportWagen limited edition to slot between the S and SE trim levels, effectively closing that rather large gap between the base and mid-grade trim levels.

This new model is said to be loaded with popular equipment like driver assistance features, better interior appointments, and technology. Unlike other manufacturers, VW strayed away from including bespoke equipment only available to this model and instead focused on offering options that customers choose most often as standard on the S trim levels, creating a “value package,” if you will. That said, there is nothing incredibly different about the Limited Edition compared to other models, and naturally, the SE and SEL trims will still offer just a little more.

With this model slotting between the S and SE trim, it will retail for $24,995 when it hits showrooms later this month. But, for what it includes as standard equipment, it really is somewhat of a value. Until now, customers have been tasked with paying extra for options on the S trim, or paying more for the Sportwagen SE and features they don’t specifically want. The induction of this limited edition model in the Sportwagen lineup will give customers a middle point to go to without all the drama of picking and choosing. Finally, something that makes a little sense.

Keep reading to find out about all the standard appointments that come along with the Sportwagen limited edition.

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2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

The Volkswagen Passat has occupied VW’s mid-sized sedan segment since 1973. In the 42 years since, the Passat has become one of the company’s go-to models, evolving through eight design generations and a handful of other names in various markets — Dasher, Santana, Quantum, Magotan, Corsar and Carat — to retain its place in the Volkswagen hierarchy. Until recently, the Passat was built exclusively as a sedan, but recent trends in the industry gave VW the opportunity to shed the Passat’s sedan skin to build other body types. One such model that was born out of this transformation is the Passat Alltrack, a high-riding, four-wheel-drive wagon that bridges the gap between the standard Passat Estate and an SUV like the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan.

The Passat Alltrack is in its second generation, and while it may look the part of a wagon, it functions like a true off-roader, thanks in large part to a raised ride height, permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive, and electronic differential lock. It also has a total of four engines: a turbocharged gas mill and three turbodiesels, all of which carry enough power to handle road conditions that standard wagons would have a hard time dealing with.

The Passat Alltrack is an interesting car that might command a following if Volkswagen makes it available in the U.S. Unfortunately, there are no plans for that, which is a shame considering that a vehicle like this could be a hit among American customers looking to hit two birds, or in this case, car types, with one stone.

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2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Save for a few years as the Rabbit, the Golf has been a staple in VW’s U.S. lineup for what seems like forever. The SportWagen launched in 2009 under the Passat name, though it was always just a Golf with a Jetta badge. In the 2015 model year, however, VW decided to completely redesign the SportWagen and reposition it in the Golf lineup, like it should have been back when it debuted.

The 2015 Golf SportWagen was previewed by the 2014 Golf SportWagen 4MOTION Concept at the New York Auto Show. Just as I expected, the production model is nearly identical to the concept, save for the fact that VW has yet to confirm 4MOTION all-wheel drive for the version that’ll hit dealers.

As was long the case for the Jetta SportWagen, the Golf SportWagen will enjoy a thin segment in terms of competition. Eventually, the rest of the automotive world will move into this abandoned segment, but for now it’s Golf or nothing, unless you want to move up to a Volvo or down to a five-door hatchback.

Updated 03/09/2015: Volkswagen dropped a series of 70 new high res images for its 2015 Golf SportWagen. Check them out in the "Pictures" tab.

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2015 Volkswagen Golf GTD Variant

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTD Variant

After a brief resurgence a few years ago, station wagons are once again getting to be a rare sight here in the U.S., and the market for performance station wagons is even slimmer. Looking for a diesel performance wagon? Forget about it… or move to Europe. That’s where these diesel-burning, corner-carving, grocery-getting cars seemingly grow on trees, and the latest example of such is the all-new Volkswagen Golf GTD Variant, which makes its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show as the ultimate thumb to the nose of station-wagon lovers in America.

If you’re not familiar with this model, just imagine a Golf Sportwagen with equal parts TDI and GTI bringing all of the suspension and styling goodies of the beloved GTI along with the performance and fuel economy of TDI. It’s highly unlikely that VW has any plans of offering its new Volkswagen Golf GTD Variant here in the U.S., so scroll down to see what we’re missing.

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2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE Police Car

2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE Police Car

Although we have to wait for it until 2016, the eighth-generation Volkswagen Passat is ready to hit the roads in Germany, with the Euro-spec version being launched back in July 2014. Redesigned inside and out and dressed in a more stylish suit, the Passat no longer seems like the dull-looking people’s car we got used to over the last few decades. The new Passat is gorgeous to look at, but what makes the eighth-gen vehicle a lot more special is that it is now available with a hybrid drivetrain. Revealed in September, the Passat GTE is the first PHEV to wear the famed badge and borrows its powertrain components from the Golf GTE.

We already know everything there is to know about the Passat GTE, except some of the technical details Volkswagen has yet to unveil of course, and all we have to do is wait for a couple more years to find this plug-in hybrid in U.S. dealerships. Meanwhile, the Passat GTE is slated to hit European street in 2015 in both civilian and police guises. Yes, you read that correct, this German hybrid has just signed up for a police career in Heligoland, an archipelago of islands located in the North Sea.

As you might have already guessed, this is only an initial trial for the Passat GTE as a patrol car, with its duties to be extended should it complete its task successfully in the small archipelago that’s home to roughly 1,100 people. While hiring hybrids for police duty isn’t exactly a premier, it is indeed a first for the Passat, who now joins the fleet of Golf GTE plug-ins the same community received in the summer of 2014. Check out the full details below.

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