The 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen starts at $22,535 and offers standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. Customers have a choice of three trims: S, SE and SEL. A 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder is standard on every trim and with every drivetrain, while owners can choose from a standard six-speed manual or an available six-speed automatic.
We recommend passing on the available all-wheel drive model – at $2,250, it's not cheap, it limits customers to the base S trim, and the available Golf Alltrack is an all-around better all-wheel-drive experience for not much more money than the 4Motion-equipped SportWagen. But there is a conundrum – the all-wheel-drive SportWagen almost splits the difference between the base S and the mid-grade SE. Bypassing the 4Motion means spending just over $5,600 to reach the next trim level.
With that in mind, stick with the front-wheel-drive base model for maximum versatility at a modest price.
- Model: 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
- Engine: 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output: 170 hp/184 lb,-ft
- Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic
- Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
- Fuel Economy: 24 City / 33 Hwy
- Options: Automatic transmission ($1,100)
- Base Price: $22,535 (an $850 destination charge)
- Best Value Price: $23,635