More dynamic proportions. The new generation of the Golf Variant is 4,633 mm long and now boasts a wheelbase of 2,686 mm (a 66 mm increase compared with the predecessor in each case). The Golf Variant is 1,789 mm wide without exterior mirrors. The Volkswagen has a height of 1,455 mm excluding the roof rails; with the rails, the height is 1,498 mm. Thanks to the increased length and wheelbase, the new Golf Variant has more dynamic proportions than its predecessor. Compared to the current four-door Golf, the new Variant features 67 mm additional wheelbase and 349 mm more length; in particular, the rear body overhang for a Variant is significantly larger.
More powerful contours. The new exterior design of the Golf Variant exudes charisma. With its clear-cut lines and LED technology light systems, it creates a visual bridge to the digital world. At the front and on the sides up to the B-pillars, the four-door Golf and the new Golf Variant share the same iconic contours. Further back, the Variant shows its typical uniqueness. Thanks to the pronounced shoulder section, the long roof section above this, which is drawn in slightly in upward direction and slopes down to the rear, and with a coupé-like, sloping rear window, the Golf Variant appears sportier than ever before. The described larger size makes the Golf Variant appear longer and flatter.
Optimal aerodynamics. A quick look at the aerodynamic values of the Golf Variant shows how every part of the body has been reshaped and refined in the wind tunnel: The frontal area has been lowered to 2.21 m2 compared with the predecessor, and the drag coefficient (Cd value) has been reduced from 0.3 to 0.275. Volkswagen has achieved these excellent aerodynamic values through a wide range of measures, including a smaller frontal area, drag-optimised exterior mirrors, aerodynamic corners and spoiler in the rear roof section, extensive underbody panelling, and aerodynamically optimised features in the wheel housing liners (displacement elements at front, spoilers at rear).
More length means more space. The increased exterior length and wheelbase benefit the vehicle interior of the Golf Variant. Five passengers can be accommodated in comfort. The extra space is noticeable most of all in the rear: The maximum legroom increases from 903 to 941 mm. Passengers can stow their luggage in a generously dimensioned luggage compartment: when loaded up to the top edge of the rear seat backrest, it offers 611 litres of stowage space (6 litres more compared with the Golf Variant 7). With the rear seats folded down, the volume increases to 1,642 litres (an increase of 22 litres). The luggage compartment is equipped with practical bag hooks, fastening rings and lighting. In the right side trim, there is an optional 12 V and a 230 V socket as well as the control for the electrically extending and retracting the towing bracket. If both hands are busy holding shopping or luggage, the optional, electrically operated rear boot lid can alternatively be opened via the sensor-controlled luggage compartment opener.