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2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagon Golf R Conversion

While Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have all given us superb performance wagons (yes, even in the U.S.!), the German manufacturer with “Wagen” in its name has managed to skirt a really the opportunity to engage 5-door fanatics of ‘Freedom’.

But wait, you say, what about the Passat W8 4Motion Variant 6-speed?

Yeah sure. It was a really cool concept, and with the sport package BBS wheels it even looked really neat. But it wasn’t really a performance wagon. The follow-up 3.6 4Motion Variant actually did offer a bit more sport, but only came in automatic form. The more serious R36 never came here.

However, a few years ago Volkswagen launched an even MORE potent option – the Golf SportWagon R. With a 300 horsepower version of the 2.0 TSFI linked to the 6-speed manual or DSG dual-clutch box and utilizing the same Haldex all-wheel drive as the regular Golf R, the result was no surprise – a slightly bigger Golf R equaled a small performance wagon with few peers. 0-60 could be topped in 4.5 seconds and the quarter was gone in 13.3 seconds with the DSG, it topped out at 155 mph and yet would return 30 mpg on the highway. Eat your cake and have it too, indeed!

Of course, it hasn’t come here. But since it’s a VW and VW enthusiasts are swap-happy….

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagon R on VW Vortex

Year: 2010
Model: Jetta Sportwagon R
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: ~29,000 drivetrain mi
Price: $17,000

I’m selling my one of one (as far as I know) Golf R swapped Jetta Sportwagen. This is basically every component, drivetrain, wiring, nut & bolt, interior, etc. out of a 2012 Mk6 Golf R, swapped into a Sportwagen. The only thing original to the wagon are body/interior specific parts.

Build thread here…..…d-lots-of-pics


29,000 mile 2012 Golf R CRZA FSI
APR Stage 2+ tune
Autotech HPFP insert
Neuspeed intake
Oem S3 aluminum intercooler
Spulen throttle and outlet pipe
Go Fast Bits DV+
R8 coils
3″ catted SPM downpipe
RSR clutch


Full Golf R dash and wiring
Golf R leather seats front and rear
RNS 315 Nav and Dynaudio system
Oem backup camera
Mk7 HVAC controls
Kessy keyless system and push button start
Led interior lighting
Oem led puddle lights in doors
Custom black headliner
New South blue needle boost gauge
Euro switch


Oem Golf R Hid headlights
Debadged except for R badge in rear


Stock Golf R struts/shocks w/ H&R lowering springs


Golf R front and rear (vented)

I chose this body because it’s a super clean non sunroof blank canvas. The car was built completely factory correct, nothing rigged, no shortcuts. EVERYTHING works as is should, zero issues and super low miles at only 29k. As far as I know, this is the only Mk6 R swapped Sportwagen in the world, this is what VW should have built. The car is super fun to drive, great in the snow even with just all-seasons.

Currently on 17″ Porto wheels with Bridgestone All-seasons

I’m asking $17,000 message me here with any questions and I’ll give you my number.

I’ll post a few pics here, lots of build pics in my thread linked above.

First off, sorry for the VW Vortex link. But get past that for a second and this build is worth it. It’s slick, not overdone, and looks nearly seamless – generally, not hallmarks of a swapped VW. I don’t know why more of these haven’t been done outside of the cost of the build. But the execution here is great and the result is a super-sleeper wagon. Downsides? We don’t know how many miles are on the chassis but it looks clean and the important parts are claimed to have very low mileage, and if you’re picky it’s a Mk.5 chassis rather than the super-slick newer MQB-based platform – though you have to go Mk.7 to get that, and then you’re looking at double the asking price here. If you can get over the “Jetta” tag on the registration and the countless snide remarks from actual Golf R owners who will think you’re a poseur, this really looks like a stellar performance deal that offers you Golf R performance with wagon practicality for the entry price of a lightly used GTI.

Thanks to our reader Carson for the spot!



  1. Early8Q
    Early8Q January 7, 2018

    Nicely done! But I have to wonder why the builder would sell it? I know I know… to build another one… I like to build stuff too but I imagine that $17k puts the builder upside down?

    And I totally agree that VW is missing a great opportunity in the US for its “sportier” Sportwagens. That said, I suspect that a Golf R Sportwagen would be priced around $45k, which would make it a slow seller, I suspect.

  2. Joe
    Joe January 7, 2018

    This is my car, thanks for the really nice write-up Carter.

    The chassis has 126xxx miles on it as of today. It is super clean and 100% rust free, that’s why I chose it.

    As far as why I’m selling, I have a company truck so I don’t need a daily driver, the car barely gets driven. My wife needs a new daily and few weeks ago I got a really good deal on a dsg Alltrack at auction and I decided that I don’t need two white awd wagons.
    As far as being upside down, I’m definitely not profiting especially if I factor in my time, which I never do. But such is life with cars.

  3. Jonathan
    Jonathan January 10, 2018

    This would be a dream car for me…just 18 months too early. (trying to pay off the student loans). The only comparison would be the new All-Track with the AWD and 6-speed. The price seems very reasonable to me…

  4. Ken Mack
    Ken Mack January 27, 2018

    Wow. I want to buy this, right now. I fear much red tape to get it reg’ed in California. If I’m wrong, I’m flying to New Jersery.

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