Maybe it's due to its European upbringing, or perhaps it's because buyers never quite cottoned to the entry-level Tiguan SUV, but Volkswagen is one of the few automakers that has clung steadfast to the notion that every one of its showrooms should offer at least one small, affordable wagon. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen picks up where last year's Jetta SportWagen left off: a compact wagon based on the Golf platform (yes, even the unusually-named Jetta variant had Golf roots) that prioritizes practicality without compromising efficiency.
Given that the Golf has been completely redesigned for 2015, it's only natural that the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen should follow in its footsteps. The list of similarities between these two sisters is far longer than that of their differences, but they target two distinct groups of buyers. Whereas the Golf hatchback aims to please budget-conscious buyers cross-shopping models like the Mazda Mazda3 and the Honda Fit, the Golf SportWagen is after would-be SUV buyers disappointed by the real-world fuel consumption of vehicles such as the Ford Escape, the Chevrolet Equinox, and, dare I say it, the previously-mentioned VW Tiguan.