2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
MSRP range
$21,580 - $29,970


  • Holds almost as much cargo as many compact crossovers
  • Interior features quality design and materials
  • Turbo four-cylinder engine delivers high fuel economy
  • Now offers optional all-wheel drive


  • Relatively snug backseat
  • Touchscreen's simple graphics look behind the times
  • Automatic transmission sometimes slow to shift in low-speed driving
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TSI SE a good replacement for the TDI Sportwagen
chuck maricle, 11/6/2016
Struggling like many TDI owners for the "perfect replacement" for the perfect car, my 2011 VW TDI Sportwagen 6-speed, the 2017 Golf Sportwagen SE TSI exceeds my expectations. It doesn't pull "off the line" line the diesel and unfortunately VW does not have a 6-speed in the SE line (which is sad). The transmission also seems to hunt at low speed but it is not bothersome. At 65mph on a trip I have averaged 40-41mpg and at 75mph 37-38 range which is acceptable. The TSI engine works well at 75mph+ and is smooth at these highway speeds with peppy acceleration. That said, the improvement in technology in only six model years is astonishing and the panoramic sun roof is outstanding. VW does need to move the USB interface for the connection for the Apple CarPlay or make a notch to accomodate the USB cable when the access door is closed. I am very satisfied with the Golf Sportwagen SE and do not regret the purchase in any way. German beats Japanese any day when it comes to vehicles. 5/8/2017 I have 8500 miles on the car now and it has been flawless. The last software update seemed to have corrected a few issues with the Apple CarPlay and nav map integration from the iphone (factory nav systems are a waste of money when you have the carplay app). I change the oil and rotate the tires every 5000 miles, I do not like the VW 10000 mile oil change schedule. Mileage has actually improved a bit to near 40 on the highway. I have no fit/finish issues and it has proven very comfortable on a road trip. Extremely pleased!
A good value
Buckeye, 11/6/2016
Wanted a replacement for our ten year old Volvo wagon which functioned as an extra car to haul stuff and for winter driving. This VW Sports Wagon is a bargain from a cost perspective and is more than adequete to meet our needs. Looked at new Volvo, BMW and even used mid size SUV but the VW delivered the most bang for the buck.
Lemon law?
SM, 10/27/2016
So I drove my new car off the lot and it quickly developed a rattle in the dash. Brought the car in and they replaced the front axel, struts, mounts, etc. Basically the whole front end. Car drove fine for 200 miles and the rattle is back again. In my state 3 repairs for the same problem = lemon law. I suspect this will be the fate of my brand new car that I haven't even made a payment on yet and is only 1 week old! Consumer reports just rated this car as poor for reliability. If they had released their rankings 2 weeks earlier I probably would have looked elsewhere for a car.
The 2017 VW Golf Sportwagen TSI - It's a winner!!
ed barry, 1/7/2017
The VW Golf Sportwagen TSI is a versatile vehicle - offers the space of a station wagon and the driving experience of a car. The TSI gasoline turbo charged engine provides very good power, acceleration, and gas mileage. The SE model is loaded with great features and upgrades. It is larger than the previous Jetta Sportwagen. A wonderful vehicle for local driving, shopping, vacations and carrying your dog. Be sure to check it out at your local VW dealer.
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Features & Specs

25 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
170 hp @ 4500 rpm
22 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
170 hp @ 4500 rpm
25 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
170 hp @ 4500 rpm
22 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
170 hp @ 4500 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite Golf SportWagen safety features:

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System
Applies the brakes immediately after a collision to stop movement and avoid a secondary impact.
Family Guardian
Enables speed and boundary alerts for new drivers. A component of the Car-Net Security & Service.
Forward Collision Warning
Issues visual and aural alerts if a collision seems likely. Applies brakes autonomously if necessary to mitigate impact.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover13.4%

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More about the 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

If you want a vehicle that can haul a lot of cargo and yet fit into an average-size parking spot, a small crossover SUV is the obvious solution — but what if you don't want to drive an SUV? Volkswagen has the answer: The 2017 Golf Sportwagen. This nifty little wagon offers about as much cargo space as a compact SUV, and yet it's only a foot longer than a standard Volkswagen Golf. Plus it has all the attributes that have made the Golf one of the world's favorite cars.

It starts in the cabin. Visibility is excellent, and so are the ergonomics. The dash design is simple, straightforward and easy to use, and high-quality materials give the Sportwagen a premium vibe and feel. Cargo space is, as we've said, excellent: The Golf Sportwagen provides 30.4 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats in place and 66.5 cubic feet when you fold them down. Roof rails are standard on all models should you want to go vertical.

All 2017 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagens are powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine found in several of Volkswagen's cars. With 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, this engine delivers all the power the Sportwagen needs. For 2017, VW has also added all-wheel drive as an option, so the Sportwagen can deliver the same foul-weather traction as an SUV. EPA fuel economy estimates range from 29 mpg combined (25 city/34 highway) for the front-drive automatic down to 25 mpg combined (22 city/30 highway) for the all-wheel-drive model.

Volkswagen sells the Sportwagen in three trim levels: S, SE, and SEL. The S is decently equipped, getting you features such as 15-inch wheels, a rearview camera, a touchscreen infotainment display, smartphone integration an eight-speaker sound system. Moving up to the SE gets you automatic wipers, heated windshield washer nozzles, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, leatherette upholstery, power front seats and a Fender Premium audio system. When you pick the top SEL, you also get 18-inch wheels, automatic climate control, a navigation system and a suite of advanced driver safety systems, including forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking. A few extra safety features are also available as options on the SEL.

Although crossover SUVs will always be more popular, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is just the thing for the right kind of shopper. Use Edmunds to help you find the perfect one.

2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Overview

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include TSI S 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), TSI S 4Motion 4dr Wagon AWD (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6AM), TSI SE 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A), TSI S 4Motion 4dr Wagon AWD (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M), TSI S 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), and TSI SEL 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

What do people think of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen?

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