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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 6th 2010
4--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 6, 2010 Golf jumps on wagon train SOMETHING MORE: The 2010 Volkswagen Golf 118TSI wagon has a versatile storage space. VW sees an opportunity with the Golf wagon, writes Neil McDonald NO ONE was more sur- prised than Volkswagen when potential customers flocked to see the Golf wagon at the Sydney Motor Show two years ago. ''We received plenty of good feed- back,'' VW Australia managing di- rector Anke Koeckler says. This prompted the company to put the Golf wagon on its ''must-have'' list. Roll forward two years and the Golf Mark VI wagon has finally arrived here. Even though the wagon segment is relatively small in Australia, Koeck- ler is confident the Golf wagon will be as successful as the hatch. ''Other competitors have given up this segment, so there is an oppor- tunity,'' she says. Toyota no longer sells the Corolla wagon, leaving only the Peugeot 308 and Hyundai i30 wagons as the Golf wagon's main rivals in the small car segment. The wagon is a big seller in Germany and, though it has con- servative local sales expectations, a lack of direct rivals could help spread the word about the family- oriented Golf. It's also a small car with medium- car aspirations --- so much so that VW hopes buyers looking at the Ford Mondeo wagon, Skoda Octavia wagon and Mazda6 wagon may cast an eye over the Golf. Koeckler believes it will appeal to small families and outdoors types. ''We are definitely aiming it at families and people who want more out of their cars,'' she says. The wagon commands a $2000 premium over the equivalent hatch models and shares the hatch's Trendline and Comfortline specifi- cations and equipment. Prices start at $26,990 for the entry 90TSI, rising to $36,490 for the 103TDI model. Buyers have the choice of four models, a 90TSI manual and seven- speed DSG, 77TDI manual or DSG, the 118 TSI DSG and the 103TDI DSG. As with the hatch, Koeckler ex- pects the 118 TSI wagon to be the volume seller. ''It has hit a sweet spot with hatch buyers and we expect it to do the same for the wagon,'' she says. Visually the car is the same as the hatch from the B-pillar forward. The big changes are reserved for the back. The wagon has 505 litres of luggage space with the rear seats folded and up to 1495 litres with the seats folded flat. VW has added an acoustic dampening windscreen to lower wind and engine noise. The wagon is built in Puebla, Mexico, which also builds the Jetta and the Beetle. driving IT'S really no surprise the Golf wagon is as engaging to drive as the hatch. They share engines and suspensions, but the wagon adds a little extra --- versatility courtesy of a large load area. As with 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, in part because of the acoustic windscreen. 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. As with may 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 118 TSI mated to a standard seven-speed 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, the price of the entry 90TSI. The Golf wagon is so good we suspect it might steal a few sales from the Passat wagon. small torque Volkswagen Golf 90TSI wagon Price: from $26,990 Features: six airbags, 60/40 split fold rear seat, full-size spare, extendable luggage-net partition, roof rails, daytime running lights Engines: 90kW/200Nm 1.4-litre (90TSI); 118kW/ 240Nm 1.4-litre (118TSI); 77kW/250Nm (70TDI); 103kW/320Nm (103TDI) Transmissions: five and six-speed manual, six- speed DSG, seven-speed DSG Fuel use: 6.3 litres/ 100km (118TSI DSG) Tariff† reduction Audi passes on tariﬀ savings‡ on eligible new models†, based on the Government's Import Tariﬀ reduction. ased on a TA drive away price of $ , for the Audi A4 .8TF I multitronic, to approved usiness Applicants of Audi Finance on a Hire Purchase over 48 months with no deposit and a balloon of $3 , 0.2 . Vehicle shown with optional metallic paint, 8" alloy wheels and Xenon plus headlights with LE daytime driving lights. 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