Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Likeable All-Rounder; for Families Who Can Avoid the SUV Temptation

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Likeable All-Rounder; for Families Who Can Avoid the SUV Temptation

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What matters most

What we liked: Spacious interior, great inclusions, good fuel economy.

What we'd like to see: Better touch-screen, brighter interior.

Warranty and servicing: Three year unlimited kilometre warranty and three year's roadside assist. Volkswagen is currently updating its capped price servicing, but expect to pay an average of $470 over six years with servicing intervals every year or 15,000km.


By Vani Naidoo

Vital statistics

Model: Volkswagen Golf Wagon 103TSI.

Details: Five-door front-wheel drive small wagon.

Engine: 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol generating maximum power of 103kW@4500-6000rpm and peak torque of 250Nm @ 1500-3500rpm.

Transmission: Seven-speed DSG automatic.

Consumption: 5.2 litres/100km

Bottom line plus on-roads: $34,340.

SPORTS Utility Vehicles may have relegated the wagon to the fringes yet they still have a certain appeal and the Golf wagon, which builds on the success enjoyed by the seventh-edition hatchback, does more than enough to pique the interest.

Built on the same platform as the hatch, this wagon is longer, bigger, better and more efficient than its predecessor.

Packed with cutting-edge technology and good inclusions, it is offered with either a 90kW or 103kW 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine or in a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel.


Volkswagen has kept faith in the tried and tested with the interior design of the wagon a carbon copy of the hatch, in fact quite similar too to most offerings in this stable.

That is a positive in terms of fit and finish but offers little out of the ordinary for those wanting anything apart from middle of the line.

Blacks and greys abound with a few chrome highlights dotted around for effect and there is little to fault when it comes to the practicality of the cabin layout and the placement of switchgear.

It is easy enough to find a comfortable driving position and all-round visibility is good even when you are turning right. …

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