2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor - April 16, 2015

Based on the all-new Golf hatchback, and an efficient passenger car that happens to have the cargo space of a compact crossover, the arrival of Volkswagen SportWagen is welcome news to fans of the German automaker's long succession of compact but highly versatile wagons.

What's New for 2015

The Golf SportWagen is a new model that essentially replaces the Jetta SportWagen in the VW lineup.

Choosing Your Golf SportWagen

The SportWagen shares it mechanicals and overall design with the newly redesigned Golf hatchback. Passenger room is generous for this class, but of course the wagon's main draw is cargo space. You get 67 cubic feet of it with the rear seat folded. With its classy trim and soft-touch materials, the interior is surprisingly refined for this price class.

The standard turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine generates 170 horsepower and comes with your choice of a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. With either setup, the SportWagen achieves 29 mpg in combined driving. As good as that sounds, the available 2-liter turbodiesel (TDI) manages 35 mpg combined. The 150-horsepower TDI can be paired with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Both engines are available across all three trim levels:


Comes with all the expected passenger car features, plus leatherette upholstery, Bluetooth phone and audio, a touchscreen sound system and 15-inch alloy wheels.


Adds a variety of functional items like a rearview camera, fog lamps, keyless access and ignition, and 17-inch wheels. You also get an upgraded Fender sound system and a panoramic sunroof. Note that the automatic transmission comes standard with the gasoline at this level and above.


Tops off the SportWagen with a navigation system, a power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control and 18-inch wheels.

Available safety features include frontal collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, and post-collision braking. Adaptive headlights and LED running lights are also available.

There are a few reminders, though, that the SportWagen is built by an economy-oriented brand -- you won't, for instance, find leather upholstery on any list of standard or optional features.

CarsDirect Tip

We're fans of the TDI's performance, economy and durability. And while the diesel engine adds about $3,200 to the price of the base SportWagen, this difference shrinks significantly as you move up the trim levels -- only $1,000 separates the MSRP of the 1.8T SEL and the TDI SEL.

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