Geneva 2010: Volkswagen CrossGolf Adds Functionality to a Popular Platform

Geneva 2010: Volkswagen CrossGolf Adds Functionality to a Popular Platform

Debuting alongside its Polo counterpart, Volkswagen has unveiled the CrossGolf at the Geneva Auto Show. The sixth model to be based on the Golf platform, the CrossGolf is infused with the style of a crossover. The specific CrossGolf model is based on the GolfPlus, but it gets a rugged exterior with new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, roof rails, fender flares and special 17-inch wheels. The car’s ground ground clearance has also been raised by 20mm to help in any off-road adventures. Volkswagen claims the car is a mix of SUV and MPV styling – although it’s really just a 5-door hatch with a higher center of gravity.

As for engines, the usual array of VW powerplants are available, including TSI and TDI. TDI engines include a 104-hp 1.6-liter and a 138-hp 2.0-liter with 236 ft-lbs and a rating of 44.4 mpg. Gasoline engines include 104-hp and 120-hp TSI mills as well as VW’s impressive 160-hp 1.4-liter TSI Twincharger with both a supercharger and turbocharger. The base gasoline engine comes with a six-speed manual, while all other engines but the Twincharger get a 7-speed DSG transmission. The Twincharger gets a more robust 6-speed DSG box. Fuel economy for the Twincharger is rated at 35 mpg.

And yet as sporty as that engine sounds, most folks are likely to opt for a diesel and care more about the car’s functionality – like cargo room. In that area the CrossGolf certainly delivers with a sliding rear bench that enables anywhere from 14 cubic feet to 19 cubic feet, or a total of 51.2 cu.-ft. with the rear seats folded flat.

Set to launch in Europe, it’s highly unlikely that this model will ever be offered in North America. U.S. customers aren’t likely to miss it either, but that Twincharger engine would be a great addition to the VW lineup on this side of the Atlantic.

GALLERY: Volkswagen CrossGolf