Review: 2018 Golf SportWagen

One of the newest autos from Volkswagen, the affordable and efficient 2018 Golf SportWagen is perfect for anyone in search of versatility. It is ideal for those who want an option other than an SUV or hatchback, particularly young families. With the choice of three trim levels, it is easy to configure the SportWagen to meet your needs and budget. To make the Golf SportWagen even better, the warranty now lasts 72,000 miles or six years, beating out the competition.

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Updates for 2018

That extension to the warranty is new for the 2018 Golf SportWagen. It also features a visual upgrade thanks to new front-end styling, new LED taillights, and new LED daytime running lights. Those who prefer the S trim level will notice newly standard automatic headlights, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and rain-sensing wipers. The versatility and other amazing features of the VW Golf SportWagen remain.

Power and Driving Experience

2018 SportsWagen Engire

The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen uses the same engine and suspension as the Golf. The 1.8-liter TSI turbo 4-cylinder does not seem overly exciting if you just look at the specs of 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet. Once you get behind the wheel, however, it becomes clear that this engine has more than enough power, particularly for merging and passing. The engine also does great with fuel economy, getting up to 25 city/34 highway mpg with front-wheel drive and the manual transmission. This drops to 24/33 mpg with front-wheel drive and the automatic. One of the standout performance features is the availability of all-wheel drive, a rare offering for compact autos. The VW 4Motion all-wheel-drive system does an excellent job at improving traction in tough weather.

Safety Technologies

Those who want a little extra help staying safe on the road will appreciate all the driver-assistive features that the 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen offers. The SE trim now has standard Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Rear Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Monitor. The top trim also has Adaptive Cruise Control.

Interior Versatility and Space

SportsWagen Interior

The interior of the SportWagen puts many small SUVs to shame, delivering 30.4 cubic feet behind the rear seats. Fold up the 60/40 rear seats to get 66.5 cubic feet. All the seats are also comfortable, with a good fit and finish and enough headroom and legroom in every seating position.


VW SportsWagen

Across the three trim levels, you can find features for everyone in the 2018 VW Golf SportWagen. For example, the base S trim has cloth seats, a rearview camera, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and air conditioning. It also has automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and cruise control. All models now have the 6.5-inch touchscreen (at least), eight speakers, a CD player, Bluetooth, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. They also have the Media Device Interface for MirrorLink, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Those who want more can also upgrade to an 8-inch touchscreen, automatic transmission, leatherette upholstery, and heated front seats. You also can get a panoramic sunroof, Fender audio system, 12-way power adjustment for the driver, navigation, keyless entry plus ignition, and more.

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