The one that will be a forbidden fruit in the US.
If you want a quick snapshot of how the United States differs from Europe, just take a look at the best-selling vehicles in both regions. The Volkswagen Golf is the best-selling car in Europe while in the US, it is the Ford F-150. No wonder why VW has struggled to sell its popular hatchback in the states. It's gotten so bad that starting with the eighth-generation model, the base Golf and SportWagen won't be offered in the US market. Only the hotter Golf GTI and Golf R will be on sale, and perhaps special edition models like the GTI TCR.
Sadly, VW's senior vice president for product marketing and strategy, Hein Schafer, has already explained that "a large portion of the hatchback segment has migrated to SUVs." This means we won't be getting the new Golf Variant model, which was just spotted by our spy photographers.
The Golf Variant, which was previously known in the US as the Golf SportWagen, is a long-roofed version of the Golf that offers greater practicality. In the US, VW also sold a lifted version of the Variant known as the Golf Alltrack, which appealed to the same demographic as the Subaru Crosstrek and Outback.
VW will continue to sell the Golf Variant in Europe where the wagon body style remains popular. Since this is the case, the company was recently spotted testing the eighth-generation Golf Variant near the Nurburgring, surprisingly wearing no camouflage. The car must be nearing its debut if VW is out testing it undisguised.
As with the standard Golf, the Variant should be powered by a range of three- and four-cylinder TSI engine spanning from just 90 horsepower up to 150. Since it will be sold in Europe, a range of diesel TDI engines should be on offer as well. VW has never built a GTI version of the Golf Variant but did offer an R version in the Mk6 and Mk7 generations. Sadly, we doubt a Golf R Variant would ever make its way stateside because it would require additional crash testing.