A Tale of Two VW Golf SportWagens

The 2015 VW Golf SportWagen is not a head-turner.  It is not fast.  It does not thrill the ladies, or the men for that matter.

But, if you are an adult with a family, it is one of the greatest cars ever.

It’s practical.  It’s German, so go figure.

It’s roomy, perfect for kids and stuff.  As well as their stuff, not just yours.

It has a flexible interior configuration.  The Golf SportWagen has so many seating and storage configurations that the mathematicians are still working on an exact number.

It’s a Golf, so it’s economical.  Not only is there the thrifty petrol version, there’s a TDI.  As well as something we’ll look at a little later.

It’s not blindingly expensive, like a lot of the big-name compact haulers out there.  Compare the SportWagen to the cost of an Q3, X3, or a GLC and get ready to save money.

Now you may be saying to yourself “Self, I’ve seen a VW Golf.  Unless VW is using Tardis technology, there’s no way it can be as roomy as this guy says.”  Which is a fair point.  The VW Golf SportWagen is primarily a little taller and a little wider.  Check this image:

2015 VW Golf Sportswagen dimensions
For those of you who are challenged by the metric system, let me decipher.  The Golf SportWagen is 4,338 mm, or a little over 14 feet long.  It’s 1807 mm wide, or a smidgen less than 6 feet.  If “smidgen” is a technical term.  The car is 1578 mm tall, or 5.177 feet tall, if you need to be exact.  As noted earlier, the height is where the Sportswagen gets the extra room.  A regular Golf is 1452 mm tall, or 4.77 feet tall.  4 extra inches means a lot.

But this is a tale of 2 SportWagens.  So let’s look at the second one:

VW Presents the Golf Sportsman HyMotion Fuel Cell Concept, courtesy of VW Global Media
At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, VW introduced a fuel cell concept Sportwagen, called the HyMotion.  Read more about it at this link.  Built on their MQB modular frame, it allows the carmaker to quickly deploy new technology.  This they feel is better than losing time to market by always building from the ground up.

Not only is fuel cell the hottest automotive term since “hybrid”, it is the only powertrain that produces water instead of hydrocarbons.  Let that sink in.  Water instead of hydrocarbons.  It’s a technology that astronauts use to power the old Space Shuttle and International Space Station.  Closer to home, they’re being used as concepts by almost every carmaker.  Toyota was officially first to market with their Mirai FCV.  Hyundai just went to market with a fuel cell powered Sedona.  Between the two, the Mirai has a better vision in terms of approaching the market.  If it starts to get traction, look for VW to take advantage of the momentum and introduce the HyMotion in Europe before moving to the West and East coasts of the US.


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