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Modern Edition of the Volkswagen Golf Country Syncro 4×4 [w/ video]

Kamil Kaluski September 20, 2012 All Things Hoon 23 Comments

Volvo has stopped selling wagons in the U.S. but still sells the wagon based XC70. Audi no longer sells wagons of any kind but now offers an allroad based on the A4 wagon. Want a Subaru Legacy wagon? Try the Outback. See the pattern here? If nothing else, these three cars show how far ahead of its time the Golf Country 4×4 was.

VWVortex member mldouthi wasn’t happy that his VW Rabbit couldn’t clear simple gravel roads which he encountered on the way to his rock climbing places. He decided to install some spring spacers which raised the little veedub, and all-terrain tires on steelies. In doing this he inadvertently created what could be only described as a modern day Golf Country, or an homage to it. Bravo young man, bravo.

But he didn’t stop there…

[Source: via‘s GooglePlus]

The tires were later upped in size to 29″, which required fender trimming and flares, as the tires extended way past the factory fenders. And then a tire carrier and a skid plate. And then a light bar, with lights. And now he’s finishing up a supercharger. Read the whole thread, it’s worth it and there are a lot of pics in it. 

If reading it does not kill your whole day than thinking up of a similar project of your own will. I always wanted a streetable quasi-rally car. Come to think of it, we have seen something similar before, so maybe it’s a new trend?

  • Nice build but may be redundant if that JEEP in the background belongs to the same owner. Also can't help but think a Subaru Impreza Outback may have served his purpose better. Or the new XV Crosstrek.

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  • pj134

    So much win. I would love a small hatch sized quasi rally ready 4×4.

    • JayP2112

      The only problem- there in an expectation being branded JEEP.
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      But for a little more $$$, you can find a TJ straight 6 4wd.

      • pj134

        Too bad the JJ never made it out

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        • JayP2112

          I thought of that one too- but I was a lazy googler today.

  • He went to a lada effort.

  • TX_Stig

    Not a cheap option, but you can get a turbo for these… …

  • CherokeeOwner

    +1 for SX4. I love those cars. If I ever wanted a small hatch with AWD for cheap, this would be my only choice.

  • I wonder if my wife would notice if I did the same thing to her beloved FIAT 500…

    • I doubt it. Why don't you try.

    • skitter

      Color match the fender flares.

  • AlexiusG55

    If the original Golf Country was ahead of its time, what does that make this?

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    • Chinese razor blades, most likely.

      • Devin

        I was scrolling down and thought that said "cheese razors." And then I briefly sat and thought about how cheese razors could possibly work.

        • Vairship

          Are they electric cheese razors? Or straight edge? Maybe Gillette Mach 5 cheese razors (slice 5 cheese slices at the same time!)?

  • joshuman

    This just makes me sad about the loss of the A4 Avant, A6 Avant, Legacy GT wagon, and V70R. I even went to Audi's German website for a pick-me-up. I Konfigurator-ed myself an A4 Avant S line 3.0 TDI quattro 6-Gang (nicely equipped) for 54,570 EUR.

  • Sigh.

    Also, that's like $65,000, no?
    Ouch.

    • Vairship

      Yes, but here in the US you'd be able to lop about 20% off that because there's no VAT, and some more because there's no carbon tax or luxury tax.

  • Maymar

    I'm on the fence – it'd give my little Accent quite the urban warrior look to sort of disturb surrounding motorists. On the other hand, being lightweight and nimble is virtually the only thing it does well, so I probably shouldn't ruin what handling it has.

  • mallthus

    I suppose if you had the funds, you could start with a Golf R, swap in the TDI motor (because diesel), then add the PanzerPlate, spacers, tires, etc.

    But at that point, why not just get a Tiguan and call it a day?

  • GTFour

    I'm thinking my beat-up GT-Four (All-Trac) ST-185 Celica could take a conversion like this pretty well. They always looked mean when TRD set them up for the Safari rally.

  • failboat

    is that golf actually 4 wheel drive?

    Here's a lifted Accent. Still 2wd but still pretty cool.

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    • bhtooefr

      Looks like it's still FWD, based on this post: …

      In any case, a "real" Country is actually unibody on frame – the subframes get removed, and everything that used to mount to the subframe now mounts to the new frame, with the new frame mounting everywhere the subframes used to (and struts mounting to the unibody at the top, as before).

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