2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen: First Look

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Competes with: Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback, Ford C-Max Hybrid

Looks like: A more chiseled, carlike wagon

Drivetrain: 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder with five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission; 150-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder with six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmissions

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Say goodbye to Volkswagen's Jetta SportWagen and hello to the 2015 Golf SportWagen taking the Jetta's place as one of the few dedicated station wagons competing against an entire segment of compact SUVs. The new wagon will make its North American debut at the 2014 New York International Auto Show.

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Volkswagen's replacement sits on the new 2015 Golf platform to offer increased interior and cargo volume compared to the outgoing Jetta wagon. The Golf wagon is longer, wider and also lighter, more fuel efficient and still available in a diesel TDI version — with a new, more powerful engine — while a new turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine improves fuel economy up to 17 percent.

This wagon is definitely firing on all cylinders. Icing on the cake for the New York Auto Show is that Volkswagen is showing off a TDI wagon concept with all-wheel drive, a configuration that readers have been asking about for some time.

By Joe Bruzek | April 11, 2014 | Comments (9)

More Electric Cars Than Ever, Still Not Available Everywhere

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As more manufacturers introduce electric cars, these battery-powered vehicles are becoming something people see on the road every day. At least in some parts of the country, they are.

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The number of purely electric vehicles offered in the U.S. will grow to a dozen by the end of this year. Many of those EVs are available only in a small number of states, however, with California being the epicenter of electric-car sales.

By Rick Popely | March 11, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Video

Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays got an early peek at the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R last week during the 2014 Chicago Auto Show and was optimistic about what he saw. The performance hatchback, slated to go on sale early next year, has stepped up its speed game with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that gets hefty boosts in both horsepower and torque. The result is a sub-5-second zero-to-60-mph time with the available six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Style-wise, Mays liked the new front end, but found the quad-tailpipes indulgent. Watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | February 10, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Video

This may look like Volkswagen's Golf, but there's more than meets the eye here. For 2015, the automaker is adding an electric Golf to the hatchback's lineup, and a few styling cues like a smaller grille, active shutters for better aerodynamics and LED headlights set the e-Golf apart. Although it's not the roomiest car, Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder says the electric version doesn’t compromise passenger and cargo space. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Golf R: Up Close

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Volkswagen teased us at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with its new 290-horsepower Volkswagen Golf R in two-door form.

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We'll definitely see the new Golf R in the U.S., but this time around it will only be available with four doors. The previous Golf R gave U.S. buyers the choice of four or two doors, and customers overseas will still get that option with the new version. Volkswagen told us that the two-door Golf R was shown in Detroit because it was the same model originally introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

By Joe Bruzek | January 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Golf R Photo Gallery (20 Photos)

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The Volkswagen Golf R, the performance hatchback based on the seventh-generation Golf and GTI, won't reach dealerships until next year, but we're getting an early look at it here at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Unique gaping bumpers distinguish the Golf R from the GTI. Other exterior features of the Golf R — newly offered only as a four-door hatchback, though VW showed off the two-door model at the show — include xenon high-intensity headlights with horseshoe-ringed LED daytime running lights, standard 18-inch alloy wheels and quad exhaust pipes.

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Inside features include a flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel; new color choices; R badging; sport seats and a 5.8-inch touch-screen. Under the hood of the all-wheel-drive Golf R is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 290 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque (a big boost for both measures) and pairs with a six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission. The latter is good for a zero-to-60-mph time of less than 5 seconds. Meanwhile fuel economy improves by 4 mpg to 31 mpg with the manual. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Golf R at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: Subaru WRX STi, Ford Focus ST, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Looks like: The redesigned Volkswagen GTI, sans bumper claws
Drivetrain: 290-hp (est.), turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic; all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Witness the next generation of Volkswagen's Golf R, a range-topping performance hatchback based on the seventh-gen Golf and GTI. The latter two cars are on sale overseas but won't hit U.S. dealerships until spring; the Golf R will arrive nearly a year later in early 2015. It's unclear whether it will be a 2015 or 2016 model; Volkswagen spokesman Mark Gillies said the model year is still to be decided.

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The Golf R, debuting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, competes with the Subaru WRX STi and Ford Focus ST. Mazda has yet to announce plans for a MazdaSpeed version of the redesigned Mazda3, but it's likely we'll see one — and it will compete in this space, too.

By Kelsey Mays | January 10, 2014 | Comments (8)

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf: Up Close

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The Volkswagen e-Golf doesn't look a lot different from the regular Golf. It has the same crisp lines and tidy profile, but its few unique elements like blue-colored accents and C-shaped LED daytime running lights will be easy to miss. From a design perspective, it's the anti-Nissan Leaf.

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California drivers will be able to put a white carpool-lane sticker on it, which might be the most important exterior feature of all.

By Mike Hanley | November 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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Volkswagen's first foray into the realm of all-electric cars is now making it world debut in (where else?) the only U.S. state guaranteed to have it. The 2015 e-Golf bowed this week at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, revealing a handful of significant exterior- and interior-design changes compared with the regular Golf, but also an entirely new, zero-emissions powertrain. The plug-in hatchback becomes the first VW in the U.S. to get standard LED headlights, as well as complementary C-shaped LED daytime running lights, a unique grille with blue accenting and aerodynamic 16-inch alloy wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires. Inside, the primary differences are additional blue accents and a power display in the instrument panel that shows the state of the electric powertrain; that's in addition to a gauge that shows how much energy remains in the battery and a color display showing the range. Available upgrades include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, faux-leather upholstery and a touch-screen navigation system.

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The e-Golf's electric motor uses a lithium-ion battery and makes 115 horsepower and 199 pounds-feet of torque. It's teamed with a single-speed transmission and good for a 10.4-second zero-to-60 mph time and 87 mph top speed. The automaker says recharge time is less than four hours on a 220-volt outlet, 20 hours on a conventional household outlet and just a half-hour at a DC fast-charge station. Check out the photo gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 23, 2013 | Comments (3)

2015 Volkswagen e-Golf at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Competes with: Nissan Leaf, Fiat 500e, Ford Focus Electric
Looks like: The new-generation Golf hatchback, with a few unique design cues
Drivetrain: 115-hp electric motor with one-speed transmission; front-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Fourth quarter of 2014

Volkswagen joins the growing list of automakers offering all-electric cars with the debut of the e-Golf. Based on the redesigned Golf four-door hatchback, the e-Golf has a range of 70 to 90 miles and can be recharged in less than four hours on 220-volt service, according to Volkswagen.

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The automaker hasn't finalized which states the e-Golf will be sold in, though California, which mandates that a percentage of an automaker's sales are zero emissions vehicles, will certainly be in the mix. Volkswagen will introduce the e-Golf at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

By Mike Hanley | November 14, 2013 | Comments (1)

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