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2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen OVERVIEW

If there could be a car that represented a basic mode of transportation yet was smartly equipped and efficient in many ways, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen could certainly be it. Available with a thrifty engine, plenty of space, available all-wheel drive, and modern active safety equipment, the Golf Sportwagen ticks the right boxes for a small car.

What's New for 2018

For 2018, the Golf SportWagen receives new touchscreen displays for the infotainment system, updated front and rear styling, and new alloy wheels.

Choosing Your Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

The Golf SportWagen carries the torch for wagons at Volkswagen while the very similar Golf Alltrack handles the fight against the more rugged looking crossover types. The SportWagen’s straightforward styling means there’s no surprises but there are many impressive details such as the restyled LED taillight cluster and added chrome trim along the lower parts of the bumpers and on the grille.

All trims are powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque (184 lb-ft when mated to the manual transmission).

Front-wheel drive models are offered with a five-speed manual – the mileage champ with an EPA estimated 34 miles per gallon highway – and a six-speed automatic. VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is only available on the base S, trim where a six-speed manual is standard and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is offered for $1,100.

The mid-level SE and top tier SEL trims only feature front-wheel drive and six-speed automatic transmission layout. This setup achieves 24 mpg city, 33 highway, and 28 combined.

Aside from accessories and the S' 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, Volkswagen doesn't offer any extras for the Golf Sportwagen. Buying is as easy as picking a trim, an interior and exterior color, and driving off the lot.

S

The S trim is priced at $22,535 (including a mandatory $850 destination fee), and while it’s the base trim, the standard feature list includes several notable items.

A rearview camera that shows on an updated 6.5-inch touchscreen display, LED exterior lighting, VW’s App Connect, AppleCarPlay, Android Auto, USB, and Bluetooth are all included. Automatic wipers and headlights are new for the base trim while there are few surprise features such as leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated washer nozzles, and heated side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

An all-wheel-drive variant is available for an additional $2,250 with a manual transmission – the automatic demands an additional $1,100. The Golf Sportwagen S with 4Motion also includes heated seats and 16-inch wheels.

SE

The SE trim ($28,170) gains a host of features including a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment display with SiriusXM and HD Radio, proximity entry with push button start, heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, and a panoramic sunroof.

Active safety equipment includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring. Unless you absolutely need all-wheel drive, this is where we'd recommend starting your Golf Sportwagen search.

SEL

The top SEL trim ($31,095) adopts more active safety equipment like adaptive cruise control and active lane assist, while 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and dual-zone climate control are other worthwhile mentions.

CarsDirect Tip

The Golf SportWagen prioritizes practicality over styling and functionality over frills. The S with 4Motion and manual transmission fully embraces this mantra. But it's the SE trim, with its basic level of active safety equipment and today’s expected level of tech, that will be the most suitable offering for the majority of drivers.

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