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2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Overview

Mark Vallet
Automotive Editor - October 17, 2016

The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is one of the only budget-priced wagons on the market, making it both unique and a fun car to own. It's closely related to the Golf, but offers substantially more cargo space, which makes it a great option for buyers who need the space but aren't keen on crossovers.

What's New for 2017

The option list now includes all-wheel drive and a suite of advanced safety technology.

Choosing Your Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

The SportWagen is available in four different trim levels, but they all have the same engine under the hood. The standard 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 170 HP and manages 25 mpg in the city and a fairly impressive 35 mpg on the highway. The six-speed automatic transmission features a Sport mode for enhanced acceleration. A six-speed manual is standard on the entry-level S only.

The SportWagen starts at $22,400 for the S, and runs up to $30,790 for the line-topping SEL.


Comes equipped with a cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, heated side mirrors, Bluetooth phone and audio, and integrated smartphone apps. The six-speed automatic transmission is available for $1,100.

S with 4MOTION

Gets VW's 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system and the automatic transmission, plus roof rails and heated front seats.


Builds on the S with a panoramic sunroof, leatherette upholstery, keyless access and ignition, 17-inch wheels, and an eight-speaker Fender sound system with subwoofer. The available Driver Assistance package ($595) includes front collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring.


Comes standard with the SE's options, plus dual-zone climate control, ambient interior lighting, front sport seats, and navigation. The available Driver Assistance and Lighting package ($1,995) adds lane keeping assist, an automated parking system, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

CarsDirect Tip

The SEL is probably the best deal if you're looking for upgraded safety and performance, as the price difference between the SEL and SE is only $2,940. If you spend a lot of time in bad weather, the S 4MOTION is obviously the way to go.

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