When it comes to automotive modular building blocks, no one does it better than the Volkswagen Group, in particular, the Golf platform, which has not only spawned sedans, coupes, other hatchbacks, convertibles, crossovers, MPVs and now, an estate as well. While the other renditions might have looked vastly different from the Mk VII, the Golf Variant keeps its Golf namesake as the frontal half of the car is entirely Golf; everything before the B-pillars is identical to the standard Golf.
But before you dismiss the Golf Variant as a normal hatchback with a wagon rear-end grafted on, think again. VW has clearly spent considerable effort in ensuring that the Variant does not end up looking disproportionate as compared to its earlier predecessors. In fact, when viewed from a three-quarter view, or directly from the rear, the Golf Variant comes across looking rather sporty and chic, of course, the test-unit’s R-Line trim accentuates the estate’s clean lines a little further.
Measuring 4.56m in length, with a 1.79m width and a height of 1.48m, the Variant still maintains the Golf fairly compact dimensions, which means you probably will not be reversing into the wall or barricade anytime soon while parking; there is also a reverse cam too for those who are still not too confident with estates. Drivers get excellent views all round with barely any room for other motorists to hide in.
Speaking of views, the insides of the Golf Variant are identical to the Golf as well with typical Volkswagen flair. Everything has been laid out rather intuitively, drivers who have driven past Veedubs should have no issues here. Built quality and fitment is as usual top-notch, though there is still an extensive use of hard plastics here and there - though that did not bother us too much.
We were however intrigued with the upgraded infotainment system that now supports Apple Carplay, Android Auto and smartphone screen mirroring. Another interesting point to note is that your favourite radio stations on the FM tuner now spot their logos as touch-sensitive buttons for easier viewing and selection.