Golf 8 Rumored to Ditch the Wagon, But We Don't Buy It

What? No way! The latest rumor from Deutschland is that Volkswagen is dropping the Golf Variant/Sportswagen, which is probably the most quintessentially German VW we can think of.
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Big trunk, low CO2 emissions, auto gearbox and good autobahn stability - despite what you may have heard, compact wagons are still quite popular, especially in Germany.

The Golf Variant was actually fabricated in Germany, but VW is going to stop doing that. So, even fewer people will have a reason to refuse the "build quality" of the car, yet according to the latest report from Autocar, they won't get the chance.

Without citing any source, the Brits have claimed that the Golf Variant will be ditched, alongside the 3-door. The latter is sort of non-news, as every 3-door car within the group has been or will be discontinued. Why give your passengers back pains, just for a $500 and a cleaner profile?

The apparent reason behind VW dropping both body styles is a bit difficult to explain. The Golf 8 is being moved upmarket as an alternative for people who want to downsize from a Mercedes C-Class or a BMW 3 Series. And as a result, the Golf 8 will be the biggest hatch yet, growing between the wheels and making the wagon redundant.

There's one other model made that way, and that's the Honda Civic. But they dropped the Civic Touring due to overcapacity at the Swindon factory and slow sales. Last time we checked, the Golf was the No.1 best selling model in Europe, and the Variant must sell at least 100,000 units a year. The VW we know wouldn't give up on those numbers.

The same source also claims Golf 8 models might replace the conventional light switch with a small touchscreen. That we can believe, since the tech was in some of their concepts and is already on some of the new Audis. The next-gen infotainment system for MQB cars should also move the game in the right direction, though we hear it's being developed by SEAT.

As far as the engines are concerned, the 1.5 TSI is expected to play a big role, even powering a hybridized BlueMotion model. But diesels are still expected to play a part, with outputs reaching as high as 204 HP.
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