We used to love station wagons, but now that term is nearly a forbidden curse in the automotive industry. We’ve moved on and primarily love SUVs for our driving. While we want to say we enjoy the added size and space they provide, there are many SUVs on the market today that are barely larger than a station wagon. In some cases these SUV are actually smaller, but the benefit of the SUV over the wagon is ride height and the AWD offering that has never been part of the wagon landscape until now.
The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is a car that offers you the benefit of added space on the small Golf platform which is perfect for your drive. Imagine being able to load down the rear like a hatchback with the seats down while still having room for the kids in the back seat. Add the fact that you can then add stuff to the roof rack on top and you have a way to transport all your gear wherever you need to go. This while using a small engine for the power that will give you excellent fuel mileage on the road.
The Golf SportWagen uses a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This power plant is good enough to give you 170 horsepower and 199 lb.-ft. of torque while being attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. With this equipment you’ll enjoy 25 city/35 hwy mpg to give you a fuel efficient small wagon that’s the right size to park anywhere you want while costing you only a little more than a typical sedan. These numbers alone should be enough to make you happy to have the SportWagen on the market, but some of you still aren’t going to be happy about a wagon at all.
On the inside Volkswagen did a masterful job of giving you a n interior that you want to enjoy on the road. This car offers you the equipment and materials that make it more engaging to drive and a car that looks premium for you. Someone should have told VW to slow down or save the good stuff for Audi, but they didn’t, instead they added more bits of stuff to the equation and gave us a look and feel that is as close to luxury as you’ll ever see on a car that’s built off the Golf platform.
For those who still can’t get over the low ride height and lack of AWD the SportWagen has a variant that will work for you. The Golf Alltrack is the SportWagen with four corner traction and a lifted suspension to put you where you want to be. This makes for a fantastic choice when you want the vehicle you need to drive to be one that’s perfect for you. Don’t look past this car when shopping, the SportWagen is a wagon and the landscape of this country has been crossed for generations in wagons so why should we stop now.
If you a more in-depth look at the new Golf SportWagen, check out this review video from AutoGuide.