IT is really no surprise that the Golf wagon is engaging to drive as the hatch. They share engines and suspensions but the wagon adds a little bit extra – versatility courtesy of a large load area.
Like the hatch there is solid evidence of engineering thoroughness, from the integrated shopping hooks to the fit and finish of the luggage area.
The ride is just as composed as the hatch and, despite the extra glass area and more open rear, cabin noise is restrained due in part to an acoustic windscreen, which helps block out wind noise.
The steering is precise and the ride has that deliberate well-sorted European feel about it.
Unladen, harsh bumps are heard rather than felt and the cabin feels secure.
The cargo area is well constructed and designed with durability in mind with a hard-wearing carpeted floor and plenty of tiedowns. Like many Euro wagons, the sturdy cargo net can be positioned in two locations, depending on the load.
There is a nifty hide-away compartment below the luggage floor and the full-size spare is also a welcome addition.
We spent most of the time in what is expected to be the volume seller – the 118TSI mated to a standard sevenspeed DSG gearbox.
The big surprise from this modest powerplant is that it delivers the power and response normally associated with a larger 2.0-litre engine, all from a 1.4-litre four cylinder that is both turbocharged and supercharged.
Volkswagen calls it Twincharger and if you haven’t driven it, take one for a spin.
Families will be won over by the wagon’s Germanic practicality, quality and, most of all, price of the entry 90TSI.