Volkswagen has announced US pricing details for its all-new Golf SportWagen.
The base TSI S trim carries a starting price of $21,395 with a manual transmission, while an automatic gearbox is available for an extra $1,100.
The starting MSRP is $600 higher than the current Jetta SportWagen, but VW suggests a better standard-equipment package actually represents a $700 discount over the previous base price. The new offering also brings better fuel efficiency, a more spacious interior and a lighter curb weight.
Buyers can opt for the higher TSI SI trim, which fetches $26,995, or the range-topping SEL build for $29,345. The latter package features 18-inch wheels, a navigation system and sport seats, among other upgrades.
The entry-level diesel edition can now be purchased for $24,595, representing a $1,600 reduction from the Jetta SportWagen TDI.
The company expects the new Golf SportWagen to outsell all other Golf hatchbacks combined, after it arrives in showrooms this April.
In addition to a long list of standard amenities, several new comfort and convenience features will be available on the 2015 Golf SportWagen including the Fender® Premium Audio System and Climatronic® automatic air conditioning. Newly available driver assistance systems include Automatic Post-Collision Braking, the Forward Collision Warning System, and front and rear Park Distance Control. An available lighting package includes LED Daytime Running Lights and the Adaptive Front-lighting System.
The Golf SportWagen has grown in size yet dropped in weight by up to 137 pounds (depending on model) compared with the Jetta SportWagen, despite a plethora of new and upscale features. Dimensionally, the Golf SportWagen has grown slightly, by 1.1 inches in overall length to 179.6 inches, and by 0.7 inches in width, to 70.8 inches. However, because the new car is 0.9 inches lower and has a 2.2 inch longer wheelbase, it looks more muscular and has a premium “cab backward” aesthetic.