As the only budget-priced compact wagon available in the U.S., the Golf SportWagen is a true rarity. While sharing engines, technology, and overall design with the Golf, the SportWagen provides 33 percent more cargo space behind the rear seats and 26 percent more space with the rear seats folded flat. The SportWagen makes a compelling case for itself as an alternative to a compact crossover.
What's New for 2016
Changes to the Golf SportWagen in 2016 include making the rearview camera standard on all models and the addition of a new infotainment system. Technology included in the optional Driver Assistant Package has also been upgraded.
Choosing Your Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
Just like the Golf, the SportWagen offers a choice between two turbocharged engines:
A gas-powered 1.8-liter four-cylinder (TSI) producing 170 horsepower comes standard. With a manual transmission it delivers an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. An optional, slick-shifting six-speed automatic features a Sport mode and offers an estimated 25/35 mpg.
A diesel-powered 2-liter four-cylinder (TDI) generates 150 horsepower and offers 31/43 mpg manual or 32/44 mpg when paired with the automatic transmission.
Both engines are available across all trim levels:
The TDI remains our preference when it comes to selecting a SportWagen. If you are considering the SE or the SEL, adding the turbocharged diesel engine only increases your cost by $1,000 -- a no-brainer in our books. The price difference is more significant at the S level, but considering what you’ll save in fuel economy, durability and potential resale value, it’s still the more compelling option.
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