2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Wagon
- 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
- Automatic transmission sometimes slow to shift in low-speed driving
- Touchscreen's simple graphics look behind the times
- Relatively snug backseat
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Which Golf SportWagen does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Looking for something that can haul a bunch of things but don't want a crossover SUV? You'll probably like the 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. It offers familiar Golf goodness, such as a premium cabin and high fuel economy, but with a cavernous cargo space.
The formula is simple: Turn the Golf into a wagon by adding a foot of length to the Golf hatchback's cargo area and get more space in return. The result is 66.5 cubic feet of space to carry stuff when you fold the rear seats, which is the kind of space typically offered by compact crossover SUVs (the Ford Escape, for example, offers 68.1 cubic feet). Factor in the Golf's efficient turbocharged four-cylinder engine, available all-wheel drive (a new addition this year) and premium interior, and you've got an excellent choice for the crossover-averse or anyone who just prefers the sleeker look of a wagon.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen comes in three trim levels: S, SE, and SEL. All versions have a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine (170 horsepower, 199 pound-feet of torque). On the S, you can get either a six-speed automatic transmission or a five-speed manual transmission (184 lb-ft of torque with the manual). Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive (called 4Motion) is optional for the S trim level. Note that the all-wheel-drive models come with a different automatic transmission, a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox called DSG in Volkswagen-speak.
Standard feature highlights include 15-inch alloy wheels, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors, roof rails, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, front seats with manual adjustment and power recline, 60/40-split folding rear seats with a center pass-through and a 115-volt outlet in the cargo area. Also standard are a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Bluetooth, VW's Car-Net App-Connect smartphone integration and Car-Net Security & Service telematics, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The base audio system includes eight speakers, a CD player, satellite and HD radio, and auxiliary audio, USB and SD card inputs.
The all-wheel-drive S trim is the same but has 16-inch wheels and heated front seats.
Moving up to the SE gets you automatic headlights, foglights, automatic wipers, heated windshield washer nozzles, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, imitation-leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats and a Fender Premium audio system (adds a subwoofer and upgraded sound). The SE offers an optional Driver Assistance package, which is a good idea to get if safety is a priority for you. It bundles adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
The top-level SEL builds on SE features with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, a navigation system and the features from the SE's Driver Assistance package. The SEL's optional Driver Assistance and Lighting package adds adaptive xenon headlights that swivel in the direction of the car's turn, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and an automated parking system (parallel and perpendicular parking assist).
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Features & Specs
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.
2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Wagon for Sale
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 Wagon Overview
What do people think of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Wagon?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Wagon and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Golf SportWagen Wagon 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Golf SportWagen Wagon.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Wagon and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 Golf SportWagen Wagon featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.Read our full review of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Wagon here.
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