Published on July 26th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Take a drive through the Austrian Dolomites with the Golf R Variant

Hot hatches, as lovely and dynamic as they are, are not the most practical cars for a young family. You may be able to cram a child seat in there and hope that your kid can take the bassy report of the exhaust, but that small boot is going to prove inadequate for your hauling needs.

Well, enter the Golf R Variant. Or the estate, or wagon as it’s known in other parts of the world. It sits on a Golf R platform, but it sports an extended rear end to turn it into, well, a wagon. For some bizarre reason, the wagon body-type is a massive turn-on for most modern car enthusiasts, possibly as a result of it’s rarity. Cars like the Audi RS4 and RS6 wagon are adored, but usually a little out of reach (financially) for most.

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Here, we see Sebastien Ogier taking a spirited drive through the mountains with a Golf R Variant, and challenging another Golf R driver along the way. Think of it as a reverse mullet: party in the front, business in the back. And while we may never see it here, one can hope that a grey importer will have the sense to bring a unit in to test the market- it may really be the best of both worlds.

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