2016 VW Golf Sportwagen
2016 VW Golf Sportwagen

2017 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: For 2017, the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen offers all-wheel drive. However, AWD is only offered on the base S model. Forward-collision warning with emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitor are now standard on topline SEL. The Golf SportWagen is a 4-door wagon version of the Volkswagen Golf, and shares its powertrains and basic design. (A diesel engine was previously available in most VW Golfs, but it has been discontinued—at least temporarily—in the wake of VW’s diesel emissions cheating scandal.) SportWagen also shares its design with VW’s Alltrack that adds a raised ride height and SUV styling cues. SportWagen available features include a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and starting, park assist, forward collision warning, and a post-collision braking system that automatically applies the brakes after a crash to prevent or mitigate possible secondary collisions. 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: $21,580
AWD S w/4motion: $24,930
SE: $27,030
SEL: $29,970

Base Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
170
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-35

2016 VW Golf Sportwagen
2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen