In addition to the Golf Syncro, VW also made a version with high ground clearance, bull bar and a few other off-road accoutrements. The 4WD system in both was co-developed with Steyr-Puch, and the Country was co-produced with S-P. Only some 7,735 of the Country were built, making these pretty rare birds.
Why VW never saw the same niche that Subaru did is a question that I’ve often pondered. Maybe its reliability issues of the ’90s would have tainted that anyway. We’ll never know.