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Photos of the Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen front view

If you want a big grille, get an Audi. Optional LED headlamps.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen front quarter view

Red box.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Mazda CX-5 front quarter

The Mazda's curves wear its red paint better. Larger, sportier wheels also don't hurt.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen GTI front quarter view

Same sheetmetal, sportier trimmings. I'd love to see Volkswagen offer a GTI SportWagen in NA.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen side view

A functional roof line.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen rear quarter view

Styling to like, but not lust after, even in red.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Mazda CX-5 rear quarter view

Much less boxy than the VW.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volvo V60 rear quarter view

Volvo demonstrates how to do a sexy wagon.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen interior

Good, clean design inside as well. Very good materials for the price, very solid.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf GTI interior

VW can make this interior less boring. Witness the GTI.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen instrument panel full

No shortage of unadorned silver plastic. It is high quality silver plastic.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Mazda CX-5 instrument panel full

The Mazda's interior appears more artful and sportier. Infotainment knob on console.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen instrument panel

Simple, easy to reach center stack controls. But overly complicated steering wheel controls.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen with Android Auto

Should I have been surprised? Google knows where I'm going.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen driver seat

Comfortable and supportive, an excellent driver seat.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen rear seat

VW measures rear legroom very conservatively. There's more here than the spec suggests.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen cargo area

An extra foot of floor compared to the regular Golf.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Golf SportWagen cargo area, seats folded

Six feet of floor with the seats folded, a couple inches more than in the CX-5.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen engine

Efficient, fairly powerful turbocharged 1.8-liter engine.

Volkswagen Golf / Rabbit / GTI Photos: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen engine uncovered

The cover hides a swarm of vacuum lines. Future sources of engine lights? Turbo behind the engine.