You’d be hard-pressed to find any car that can quite outdo a Volkswagen Golf GTI or Golf R in terms of well-roundedness; as a rule of thumb, only a Golf can match another Golf.
On that note, here to render the plucky Volkswagen Golf R hatchback somewhat less important is the new Golf R SportWagen, offering similar performance with a more capacious estate body type, at only a slightly higher price point.
Most recently, the new Volkswagen Golf R SportWagen has been priced in Australia, which gives us some idea of what sort of MSRP we can expect when it crosses onto US shores. In Australian dollars, reports website CarAdvice, the hot new VW wagon will cost $58,990 – or about $43,600 American.
That said, the hatchback Volkswagen Golf R is already more expensive in Australia than it is in the US; inhabitants of the land down under can expect to spend the equivalent of about $1,300 to upgrade from the hatchback to the SportWagen. Tacked onto our lower Volkswagen Golf R price, that suggests a base MSRP of just $37,900 (approx.) for the SportWagen.
Figure in probably an additional $2,500 for the Dynamic Chassis Control and navigation systems.
The Volkswagen Golf R SportWagen will be held back marginally by its additional sheet metal; 60 mph comes after a brief 5.1 seconds in the SportWagen, compared to 5.0 seconds flat for the hatchback. But we think that’s rather a small price to pay for the supreme versatility and undeniable cool factor of the hot new VW wagon.