Close to 4.6 metres in length, the Golf wagon is around 30cm longer than the hatch, but only nudges up 15mm in the wheelbase, so passenger accommodation is virtually identical.

Cargo capacity is the growth area, the wagon boasting a hefty 1270 litres of load space, growing to a cavernous 1620 litres with the 60/40 split folding second-row seats down.

The entry-point to the Golf wagon range, the 110TSI Trendline is powered by a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, producing 110kW from 5000-6000rpm, and 250Nm from just 1500-3500rpm. A seven-speed 'DSG' dual clutch auto transmission drives the front wheels.

Introductory drive-away pricing is $29,990 (MSRP $28,990), and standard equipment includes cruise control (with speed limit function), seven airbags, driver-fatigue detection, a new 8.0-inch multimedia screen, AEB, 16-inch alloy wheels, air-con, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, LED daytime running lights, a rear-view camera, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlights, parking sensors, and a rear centre armrest (with cupholders).

All Golf 7.5s boast a maximum five star ANCAP safety rating, and the claimed combined cycle fuel economy figure for the Trendline wagon is 5.6L/100km.