2016 VW Golf Sportwagen
2016 VW Golf Sportwagen

2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

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

Cons: All-wheel drive is not available

CG Says: After its introduction as a mid-2015 model, the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen sees minor updates for 2016, such as an updated infotainment system and newly available safety features such as lane-departure warning and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The Golf SportWagen is a 4-door wagon version of the Volkswagon 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.) 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
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices TSI S: $21,695
TSI SE: $27,025
TSI SEL: $29,385

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
170
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
35-36

2016 VW Golf Sportwagen
2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen