The fourth variant of the new Golf goes on sale in Europe this week, the station wagon or Estate version. While wagons are out of fashion in the U.S., they are wildly popular overseas – VW sold more than 95,000 Estates in 2008 alone. So it’s not surprising that the sixth generation Golf continues the tradition.
For Americans, the Golf, aka Rabbit, aka Golf, aka Rabbit, has had a checkered marketing history. Since VW in the U.S. markets the previous version as a Jetta SportsWagen, we will have to see how the name ultimately sorts out.
Starting in Germany at €18,500 ($25,472), which at first seems expensive until you look at the standard equipment list that includes electronic stability control, six airbags, daytime running lights, roof railing, power windows, upshift indicator, power and heated outside mirrors, split folding rear bench seat, central locking and air conditioning. The cars won’t be delivered until this September.
Two driver assistance systems are also available as options for the first time: “Park Assist” or an automatic parking system, and “Rear Assist,” a rearview camera. Another popular option being the large “panorama” sunroof carries over from previous versions. (more…)