Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

About Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen occupies a field of one. As the only compact station wagon in the sub-$25,000 price range, VW’s 2017 SportWagen is ideal for those needing more room than the average hatchback provides, but who have no need for a small SUV. Although the economical diesel engine is no longer offered, the standard 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline unit provides excellent response and economy perfectly suited to the SportWagen’s taut suspension and available manual transmission. VW also equips the Golf SportWagen with a number of advanced safety features, such as the available Driver Assist Package containing autonomous braking, adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning. Buyers can even opt for 4Motion all-wheel drive (AWD), but only on the base S trim.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
What's new for 2017?
2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Volkswagen’s Golf SportWagen for 2017 gains the option of 4Motion AWD on the base S trim, while the Driver Assist Package is made standard on the SEL and optional on SE.

2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
What's new for 2016?
2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

The 2016 VW Golf SportWagen gains a rearview camera as standard equipment. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are added to the new MIB II audio system, while an updated Driver Assist Package gains adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and prevention, lane-departure warning and park assist.

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
What's new for 2015?
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

The 2015 VW Golf SportWagen is all-new this year. Built off the new MQB compact car platform it shares with the standard VW Golf, the new SportWagen takes the place of the VW Jetta SportWagen in the Volkswagen lineup.

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Consumer Reviews

Very Impressed!

By on Monday, October 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great drive train, ride, handling, and quality"

Cons: "Average milage, modestly appointed interior"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"As owners of a much beloved 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI, we thought long and hard about purchasing another VW. After evaluating many options, we decided on a new 2016 Golf Sportwagen TSI as our second vehicle, and as an eventual replacement of the TDI when VW buys it back in the months to come. So, we're in the unusual position of driving both right now in a real apples-to-apples comparison. We LOVED our TDI, but this new Golf Sportwagen simply slays it. A more responsive engine, superior transmission, smoother and quieter ride, more controlled handling and braking (didn't think we could get better than the TDI), better interior and exterior fit and finish, and a slightly higher seat position and more interior and storage space have already convinced us we made the right decision. I'm back to driving the TDI the past week as my wife is driving the new car, and it feels like a tank in comparison. It didn't hurt that we got an incredible deal on a 2016 year-end close-out. Seating provides good support with an adjustable lumbar, and is comfortable on longer trips. Head, leg, and hip/shoulder room are all better than the previous model. Cargo space is fantastic, matched only by the Honda CRV and Subaru Outback in our comparisons, and far superior to most small crossover SUV's. Technology, sound system, and creature comforts are all quite good, though a bit more basic than on competitive vehicles - that's VW for you. On the con side, the TSI has significantly less torque than the TDI, so it feels less speedy off the blocks. However, we've been surprised that the TSI actually has better 0-60 acceleration than the TDI - it's just far more civilized in its acceleration profile. There's also no way to match the TDI's great fuel mileage, and the range is significantly lower both because of mileage and the TSI's smaller tank. We didn't think we could replace our beloved TDI, but we like this car even more. All-in-all, I think you'll be pleased with this new version of the Sportwagen compared to other options out there. I don't think you can go wrong here, particularly if you don't want to drive a small SUV or crossover."

26 people out of 28 found this review helpful

Best we test drove

By on Monday, December 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 400

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "drives great, very comfortable, many nice touches"

Cons: "shifting, SiriusXM"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Seats are the most comfortable of all of the compact cars we tested. All around vision is excellent. Lots of room and storage. Only complaints are somewhat jerky upshifting from 1st to 3rd gears and the navigation system uses SiriusXM apps for traffic and travel info which you have to ransom monthly after the free trial period."

12 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Second one owned. Love this car!

By on Thursday, March 2, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Huge bang for your buck, nice handling, huge cargo"

Cons: "None! (other than missing my heated seats)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Ive been driving a 2009 manual 5 speed Jetta Sportwagen for the past five+ years (bought it Cert. pre-owned), and really loved it. Ive now passed it on to my husband and I bought a CPO 2016 Golf Sportwagen S. This is a niche vehicle in that it has a nice solid drive and handles like a sedan, but the cargo space it provides is incredible! Other family members have borrowed our cars to haul stuff, and they always comment on how amazed they are at the amount they can fit into it. My choosing another Sportwagen is a testament to the excellence I value in this car. For many years I coveted the Subaru Outback, and I test drove one at the same time I tested the 2016 Sportwagen. I surprised myself when I hands-down chose the Sportwagen over the Outback, and it was for several reasons: 1) such a fun, sporty car to drive compared the the Outback; 2) for a comparable vehicle, a far superior sound system (and this is for the base model!); 3) Very large cargo space without being an unnecessarily large vehicle for my needs; 4) better handling and a solid feel to the Sportwagen that you just dont get with the Outback; and 5) nice design, inside and out, and a sense of pride owning this vehicle. (Its not your typical unattractive SUV type vehicle, and there isnt another vehicle Ive seen that compares to the design of this, which I love). The only thing Im not thrilled about is loosing my heated seats (which was standard on my 09 Jetta SW), and not having the panoramic moonroof which is only offered on the SE trim. VW has come out with the All Track in 2017, which, if AWD is a priority for you, would be a good choice. But I just bought a 2016 certified pre-owned Golf Sportwagen S for under 17,000.00 with only 17k miles, and the All Track starts at +30,000.00. I feel like I won the lottery, and cant wait to put on some serious miles with my new baby."

11 people out of 13 found this review helpful

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