Building on its modular MQB platform, Volkswagen rolls out the Golf Variant, offering more space and versatility for the popular model. By Kannan Chandran
Volkswagen’s Golf has matured quite nicely over the decades. A neat little package, it possesses the balance between looks, performance and practicality to grow with an aspiring group of car owners who want more than mundane performance out of their car.
Given its diminutive disposition, the Golf Variant (GV) comes across as something of a contradiction to what the model represents. Here’s an estate that obviously stretches things out with the Golf. You can understand Volkswagen trying to broaden the appeal of this model range, bringing its existing customers along for a journey that may result from families growing larger or individuals requiring more space for their business or leisure activities.
Commercially, the GV makes sense. Built on its modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, it allows for the development of cost-saving variants in an era of more rapid change and evolution resulting from the disruptive nature of technology.
The elongated profile of the GV suits the model. The Golf, while punchy and enjoyable behind the wheel, sometimes suffered for that hatchback kicking in too suddenly. The R-Line variant also offers touches that add more to the aesthetics, via the bumpers, radiator grille and 18-inch alloy wheels. The extended roof rails provide a sense of utilitarian chic.