2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Pros: Comfortable ride; excellent passenger and cargo room; nicely finished cabin; simple control layout; base models are outstanding values

Cons: Leather upholstery not available; no optional engines; all-wheel drive only offered on base model

CG Says: The 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen has refreshed front and rear styling with LED daytime running lights and taillights. The base S model gains standard automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers. Forward-collision warning with emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitor are now standard on midline SE. All models get new touchscreens: a 6.5-inch for S and an 8-inch for SE and SEL. The Golf SportWagen is a 4-door wagon version of the Volkswagen Golf, and shares its powertrains and basic design. SportWagen also shares its design with VW’s Alltrack that adds a raised ride height and SUV styling cues. SportWagen is powered by a 170-horsepower turbocharged 1.8-liter engine mated to a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available on the base S model, otherwise SportWagens are front-wheel drive. SportWagen available features include forward-collision warning with emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitor, panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and starting, and park assist. The Golf SportWagen stands out simply by virtue of being one of the only traditional compact station wagons on the market. Its fuel efficiency, passenger and cargo versatility, and all-around practicality make it a compelling choice in its class, as well as fine alternative to many compact SUVs.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices S: $22,535
AWD S: $24,785
SE: $28,170
SEL: $31,095

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
170
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA