Volkswagen Golf Variant

UPDATE: More details and photos added.

It looks like Volkswagen is planning to turn its Geneva show stand into a Golf course. Already on the guest list are the e-Golf, GTD, GTI and plug-in hybrid versions of the Mk7 Golf; the Variant is the next variant to join the flight.

The Volkswagen Golf Variant is known as the Golf Estate in the UK. It’s 307 mm longer than the hatchback. Engines range from the 105 PS 1.2 TSI to the 150 PS 2.0 TDI. A 4MOTION version will also be there in Geneva, although that will not be sold in Britain. The one you see here is the BlueMotion TSI version.

Volkswagen Golf Variant

The Mk7 Variant is up to 105 kg lighter and has 100 litres more in boot volume (to 605 litres) than its predecessor. Fold the back seats down and you get 1,620 litres – a 125 litre improvement over the Mk6 Variant.

In all the commotion, we missed telling you about the Golf plug-in hybrid – it will borrow the Audi A3 e-tron concept‘s powertrain, which sees a 150 hp 1.4 TFSI collaborating with a 75 kW electric motor to give 204 hp and 350 Nm of torque.

Just like the Audi, the plug-in hybrid hits 100 km/h from rest in 7.6 seconds and maxes out at 222 km/h. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are a claimed 1.5 litres per 100 km and 35 grams per km respectively, and has a range of 50 km and a top speed of 130 km/h in EV mode.