Volkswagen Golf Variant Mk7

Volkswagen Golf Variant Mk7
Volkswagen Golf Variant Concept R Line
Volkswagen Golf Variant Concept R Line

Manufacturer : Volkswagen
Production : 2012-Present (EU)
2014-Present (US)
Model years: 2013-Present (EU)
2015-Present (US)
Assembly: Zwickau, Germany
Puebla, Mexico
Body and chassis
Class : compact car
small family car
Body style : 5-door station wagon
Layout: Front-engine,
front-wheel-drive /
four-wheel-drive (Golf R)
Platform : Volkswagen Group MQB
Related: Audi A3 Mk3
SEAT León Mk3
Å koda Octavia Mk3
Engine: 1.0 L I3 t/c petrol
1.2 L I4 t/c petrol
1.4 L I4 t/c petrol
1.6 L I4 petrol
1.8 L I4 t/c petrol
2.0 L I4 t/c petrol
1.6 L I4 t/c diesel
2.0 L I4 t/c diesel
Transmission: 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
7-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 2,637 mm (103.8 in)
Length : 4,255 mm (167.5 in)
Width : 1,799 mm (70.8 in)
Height: 1,452 mm (57.2 in)
Kerb weight: 1,205 kg (2,657 lb) -
1,395 kg (3,075 lb)
Predecessor : Volkswagen Golf Variant Mk6
Successor: n/a

The Volkswagen Golf Variant Mk7 (also known as the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen in the United States and Sportwagon in Canada) is the station wagon version of the seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf. It is the successor of the Volkswagen Golf Variant Mk6 and the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen (for North America) . In the United Kingdom is sold under the Golf Estate designation.

The Golf Variant Mk7 uses the same MQB platform as the third-generation Audi A3, SEAT León and Škoda Octavia and its available in tree trim levels : Trendline, Comfortline, Highline (in Europe and Canada), or S, SE or SEL (in USA).



The Golf Variant uses the MQB platform just like its sibling the Volkswagen Golf Mk7 hatchback, the two cars share the same wheelbase. The new production techniques offered by this platform allows the new Golf Variant to be 105 kg lighter then the mark 6 Variant and also provides a whole new range of safety, comfort and convenience technologies.

Volkswagen introduced for the first time a ‘full’ BlueMotion model of the Golf Variant. This comes with revised aerodynamics and other modifications together with a 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 110 PS, has a six-speed manual gearbox. This version is expected to achieve a combined fuel consumption of 85.6 mpg (equivalent to 87 g/km of CO2).


The new Golf Variant is more generous in cabin space, rear legroom and boot space. It also features greater shoulder room for the front and rear passengers. The loadspace volum of the Variant was increased from 505 litres to 605 litres. This is almost double compared to the 380 litres of the Golf hatchback. With the rear seats folded the cargo space of the Golf Variant / Estate / Sportwagen is increased to 1620 litres (up from 1495 litres of the Volkswagen Golf Variant Mk6. A new comfort feature introduced is the possibility to fold the rear seats using a release handle located in the boot.

Safety systems


The new Golf Variant is offered with a wide range of engines. There are four gasoline and three diesel engines available. The power output also ranges from 85-140PS for the gasoline version and 90-150PS for the diesel engines.


Volkswagen Golf Variant R

Volkswagen introduced an R version of the Golf Variant. This is powered by the same EA888 2.0 engine that is used in the MkVII Golf R hatchback.

Volkswagen Golf Variant Alltrack

Another version of the Golf Variant is the Alltrack. This comes with slightly raised suspension and body cladding and also four wheel drive.


The Volkswagen Golf Variant Mk7 is currently assembled in the following plants of the Volkswagen Group:


Further reading

Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf Mk7

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