2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

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2019 MODEL
$21,895 - $29,995 See Inventory Prices

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

For those who desire the utility of a crossover but actually want something that drives like a car have very options in the market. 2019 Volkswagen Sportwagen takes our beloved Golf hatchback and does a voodoo spell to make it more accommodating for passengers and cargo without compromising its driving dynamics.

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Pros

Cargo capacity that rivals crossovers

VW\u2019s fuel-efficient engine options

Fit and Finish is on the higher side of the segment

Optional all-wheel-drive

Cons

Automatic transmission can be sluggish in stop and go traffic

What's New?

6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmission

Top-spec SE trim gets standard safety equipment


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21895

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

85

horsepower

184 hp @ 4400 rpm

torque

184 ft-lbs. @ 1400 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

109.8 in.

length

185.1 in.

width

72.4 in.

height

66.3 in.

curb weight

3721 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

94.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

30.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

1135 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/29 mpg

ev range

382.8 mi.

highway range

443.7 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

6 years/72000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/72000 miles

powertrain warranty

6 years/72000mi.

corrosion warranty

7 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen in Platinum Gray Metallic color  2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen in Pure White color  2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen in Silk Blue Metallic color  2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen in Tornado Red color  2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen in Tungsten Silver Metallic color
Platinum Gray Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.4T S

1.4T S

power
147 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$21,895 - $22,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1.4T S 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $22,995 MSRP (27 mpg/31/36 mpg) 147 hp @ 5000 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
1.4T S 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $21,895 MSRP (29 mpg/32/37 mpg) 147 hp @ 5000 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5

 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8T S 4MOTION

1.8T S 4MOTION

power
168 hp @ 4500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$24,395 - $25,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1.8T S 4MOTION 4dr Wagon AWD (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $24,395 MSRP (22 mpg/32/31 mpg) 168 hp @ 4500 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual all wheel drive 5
1.8T S 4MOTION 4dr Wagon AWD (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6AM) Starting at $25,495 MSRP (22 mpg/24/29 mpg) 168 hp @ 4500 rpm, 1.8 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automated manual all wheel drive 5

 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.4T SE

1.4T SE

power
147 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
31 combined

$29,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
1.4T SE 4dr Wagon (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $29,995 MSRP (27 mpg/31/36 mpg) 147 hp @ 5000 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

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8.9/10

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2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Wagon
8.0/10
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8.6/10

Engine: 220 hp @ 4700 rpm, 2 L I4

MPG: 28 combined

2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
8.4/10

Engine: 170 hp @ 4500 rpm, 1.8 L I4

MPG: 29 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial May 16, 2019


In a time when the automobile industry is shifting towards crossovers and SUVs, there are a select few options available for people who don't want a boxy SUV. The dearth of choice further escalates in the entry-level segment. Not everyone can spend a fortune on a Mercedes E-Class wagon or a Volvo V90 wagon.

The VW Sportwagen doesn't betray the simple design of its sibling. Yes, it wouldn't offer you commanding visibility of the road like a crossover but you can drop your kids to the school in this, do the grocery runs and store a heap of stuff at the back. And the funny thing is, it actually drives like a car. The Volkswagen Sportwagen competes against the likes of Fiat 500L, Subaru Outback, Audi Allroad and Volvo V60.

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Features

Finally, Volkswagen has neatly organized the trims. The previous year model had quite a few trims and choosing the best trim for one's need wasn't an easy job. 2019 VW Sportwagen is offered in 3 trim levels. There are two turbocharged engine options on offer: 1.4 TSI and 1.8 TSI.

While adding equipment to the Sportwagen, VW has taken care of the needs of a regular car owner and an enthusiast in a remarkable manner. You can actually pick between a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic. The base 1.4T S trim can be had with FWD and a smaller 1.4-liter engine. The trim has been handsomely packed with features like rearview camera, manually adjustable seats, heated mirrors, and a 6-speaker sound system.

Next in line is the 1.8 T S 4MOTION trim. And as the name suggests, this trim can be had with AWD. It brings more amenities to the feature list. The top-spec SE trim can be had with an automatic transmission only. It costs around $7,000 more than the base automatic trim but brings in a ton of features that take your ownership experience to another level.

Trim

S Base

S 4MOTION

SE

MSRP Manual

$21,895

$24,395

 

MSRP Automatic

$22,995

$25,495

$29,995

Key Features

 

Adds or deletes features from 1.4T S base trim:

Adds or deletes features from 1.8T S 4MOTION trim:

 

Post-Collision Safety System

1.8-Liter turbocharged engine

Cornering Lights

 

Stability Control

Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat

Blind Spot Warning Accident Avoidance System

 

6 Total Speakers

Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat

Front Fog/Driving Lights

 

Cruise Control

16 X 6.5 In. Wheels

Adaptive Headlights

 

Rear View Camera

Center Limited Slip Differential

Satellite Radio

 

Interior Air Filtration

All-wheel-drive

Keyless Ignition

 

Heated Mirrors

 

Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

 

Luggage Net

 

17 X 7.0 In. Wheels

 

4 -Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments

   
 

Roof Rack

   
 

Splash Guards

   
 

15 X 6.0 In. Wheels

   

We Recommend

The base S trim is generously packed with features but we would suggest most buyers get the SE trim as it offers an 8-inch touchscreen, a panoramic sunroof, and active driver safety equipment. If all-wheel-drive is a priority then you should check the Subaru Outback.

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Engine

With 168 horsepower, the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine should prove potent enough for most drivers. Based on our experience with the Jetta, you can expect similar performance from the new, smaller turbo four-cylinder. Despite the vehicle's name, there's not much "sport" to the car's handling abilities.-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen comes with a new engine option for the FWD models. The smaller 1.4-liter engine produces 147 hp and 184 lb-ft. of torque. Yes, it is less powerful but the AWD models are offered with the previously tried and tested 1.8-liter engine that churns out 170 hp and 184 pounds-feet of torque. That's enough power to move the over 3000 pounds Sportwagen briskly.

Models

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 1.4T S Wagon

Fiat 500L Pop Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

MSRP

$22,790

$22,740

$27,320

$37,400

$39,895

Engine

1.4L i4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded

1.4L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.5L flat 4 Regular Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

6 Speed manual

6 Speed automatic

Continuously variable automatic

7 Speed S Tronic

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

147 hp@ 5000rpm

160 hp@ 5500rpm

175 hp@ 5800rpm

248 hp@ 5,000-6,000 rpm

250 hp@ 5500rpm

Torque

184 ft-lbs@ 1400rpm

184 ft-lbs@ 2500rpm

174 ft-lbs@ 4000rpm

273 ft-lbs@ 1,600-4,500 rpm

258 ft-lbs@ 1500rpm

Considering the competition, the VW Sportwagen is severely outclassed. At 250 hp, the Volvo V60 is better than all the competition. But V60 wagon is costliest of the lot. The Sportwagen will take care of all your A to B commute requirements but don't expect some tire-scorching driving experience.

Acceleration

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen S takes 7.7 seconds in attaining 60 MPH from still. That's above average among the cars compared here. The Golf SportWagen covers the quarter mile in the sub-16-seconds window.

The engine delivers a linear and predictable surge of acceleration across the engine's power band. Even with the smaller 1.4-liter engine, the Sportwagen responds to the minutest changes to the pedal. One of the benefits of a smaller displacement engine is its efficiency. But it doesn't mean you have to drive your Sportwagen conservatively. You can thrash the gas pedal all day and still achieve decent mpg numbers.

Models

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 1.4T S Wagon

Fiat 500L Pop Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

0-60 MPH

7.7 sec

8.9 sec

9.5 sec

5.9 sec

6.9 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

16.9 sec

17.4 sec

N/A

15.3 sec

Engine

1.4L i4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded

1.4L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.5L flat 4 Regular Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

5.1

7.1

N/A

N/A

N/A

The turbocharged Audi Allroad is the quickest of this lot it does a zero to sixty in 5.9 seconds. Audi is followed by Volvo V60 and VW Golf SportWagen. Sadly, the Outback wouldn't outrun the competitors but it would travel terrain that no other wagon will even dare to attempt.

Ride and Handling

SportWagen S offers a smooth and composed ride. But impressively, it also offers a hint of sportiness through the communicative steering. And thanks to clever All-Wheel Drive system, there will be less of those hair-raising moments when crossing treacherous snow covered roads. The Sportwagen is based on the Golf hatchback, as a result, it inherits the driving manners of the beloved Golf hatchback.

Braking

The Golf SportWagen has 11.3-inch brake rotors in the front wheels and 10.7-inch brake rotors at the rear. These are capable of bringing the 2978-pound Sportwagen to stop from 60 mph within a respectable distance.

Model

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 1.4T S Wagon

Fiat 500L Pop Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

Brake Front (in.)

11.3

12

12.4

12.4

12.7

Brake Rear (in.)

10.7

10.4

11.8

11.8

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2978

3254

3624

3450

3749

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

123

129

N/A

126

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Fuel Economy

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen S performs above average in this segment. It delivers 29 mpg and 37 Mpg in city and highway respectively. It gets a combined EPA rating of 29 mpg which is better than the competitors.

Model

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 1.4T S Wagon

Fiat 500L Pop Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

MPG (city)

29

22

25

27

24

MPG (highway)

37

30

32

34

36

MPG (combined)

32

25

28

30

28

Range (miles) (city/highway)

383/488

290/396

463/592

N/A

348/522

Tank Capacity (gal)

13.2

13.2

18.5

15.3

14.5

And when we compare it to the other wagons, it easy to find that turbocharged engines are more frugal. Volkswagen Golf SportWagen scores a combined mpg of 32 while bettering Audi Allroad's score by a margin of 2 mpg. The Subaru Outback and Volvo V60 offer an identical combined mpg of 28.

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Interior

The Golf SportWagen features an attractive interior made with some quality materials. It may not quite reach the opulence of a luxury car, but it certainly impresses in the context of nonluxury vehicles.-Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen S has a passenger capacity of five. The interior is built in a typical German fashion simple, intuitive and with good quality switchgear. In terms of interior dimensions, it's exactly similar to its stablemate the Golf Alltrack.

The Volkswagen Sportwagen offers decent space for the driver and the passenger. The seats are comfortable even for longer journeys. Even the base trim with its cloth upholstery offers good support. Due to its smaller dimensions, the VW Sportwagen has lesser interior space.

Model

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 1.4T S wagon

Fiat 500L Pop Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.6/55.9/41.2

40.7/57.3/40.0

40.8/58.1/42.9

38.9/55.9/41.3

37.4/56.1/42.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.6/53.9/35.6

38.7/54.6/36.7

38.9/57.3/38.1

37.4/54.5/35.7

38.1/54.5/35.2

Infotainment System

The standard 6.5-inch touch-screen used in the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen S was among the best of the base model screens in this class. The infotainment system also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The top-spec SE trim brings in a larger 8.5-inch touch screen infotainment system. Some of the features available with the 2019 Volkswagen Sportwagen are:

  • 3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Satellite Radio Satellite Radio
  • USB Connectionyes
  • 6 Total Speakers

Interior Features

VW Sportwagen offers adequate features even in the base model. Some of its prominent interior features are:

  • Front Seatback Storage
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Keyless Ignition(Optional)
  • Turn Signal In Mirrors
  • Adaptive Cruise Control(Optional)
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror (Optional)
  • Rear View Camera

Cargo volume

The Sportwagen offers a reasonable cargo capacity of 30.4 ft. which is the same as its sister Volkswagen Golf Alltrack S. Sportwagen offers one of the best cargo hauling capacity in its class, and it's enough space for a long weekend camping trip. When the rear seats are folded, the cargo capacity increases to a massive 66.5 cubic feet of space.

Model

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 1.4T S Wagon

Fiat 500L Pop Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

30.4

22.4

35.5

13.0

23.2

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Exterior

VW's 2019 SportWagen looks more prominent than the Golf hatchback, because it is. The wagon is over a foot longer than the hatchback, giving it a long, lean and purposeful appearance. - KelleyBlueBook

The Sportwagen received a front end styling update, last year. The front fascia's modern look is composed of LED headlights and daytime running lights. The Sportwagon's elongated look makes it a stand out from the sea of regular hatchbacks and crossovers. Dimensionally, the VW Sportwagen is on the lower side of this comparison.

Model

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 1.4T S Wagon

Fiat 500L Pop Wagon

Subaru Outback 2.5i

Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI Premium S Tronic

Volvo V60 T5 Momentum

Curb weight (lbs.)

2978

3254

3624

3450

3749

Length(in)

179.8

167.0

189.9

186.1

187.4

Width(in)

70.8

70.2

72.4

72.5

72.8

Height(in)

58.3

65.3

66.5

56.2

56.6

Ground clearance (in)

5.4

4.7

8.7

N/A

5.8

Wheelbase (in)

103.5

102.8

108.1

111

113.1

Track width (in) F/R

61/59.8

59.1/59.4

61.8/62.2

61.9/61.2

63.1/63.1

The Sportwagen tips the scales at 2978 lbs. and at 179.8-inches it is shorter than the competition. Interior room is quite low due to a 103.5-inch wheelbase. The V60 wagon offers one of the best interior room due to a 113.8-inch wheelbase.

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Safety

Safety Features

2019 Volkswagen Sportwagen is offered with a decent suite of safety features but active safety aids are only available on the top-spec SE trim. Some of the features are as follow:

  • Stability Control
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Controlyes
  • Blind Spot Warning Accident Avoidance System
  • Pre-Collision Safety System

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Competition

Volkswagen Sportwagen vs Fiat 500L Pop Wagon

As far as the wagons go, the 500L offers good utility. The rear cargo space of 22.4 cu-ft. which can increases to 68 cu-ft. when the rear seats are folded. There is a good room at the front and rear. Even the tallest of the passengers wouldn't find their heads brushing against the room. The 500L wagon trades in sportiness in favor of offering a compliant ride quality.

The 500 L suffers when we talk about fit and finish. Fiat could have used better materials. The handling dynamics are befitting for a point A to B commuter. So, if you want to spend some quality time behind the wheel look elsewhere. Lack of AWD (even as an option) keeps it restricted to the urban sprawl. The weird A-pillars pillar setup hinders front visibility.

Volkswagen Sportwagen vs Subaru Outback 2.5i

There is little that is wrong with the Outback. For decades, the Outback has been a hot seller in the Subaru line-up. Our only gripe is the lackluster acceleration from the base 2.5-liter engine. With a full load of cargo and passengers, this engine runs out of steam. So, you have to carefully plan for merging and passing. But talk about utility, fit and finish and drivability. The Outback comes off as a strong contender in the segment. It offers a spacious and comfortable cabin with a solid finish.

Volkswagen Sportwagen vs Audi Allroad 2.0 TFSI

In this comparison, the Audi Allroad is probably the best driver-oriented wagon. The wagon commands a premium price when compared to its competition. For that premium price tag ($37,400) it offers better performance than the other wagons in the segment. The A4 Allroad combines a powerful engine, a world-class driving dynamics, and a solid fit and finish. If you like to be behind the wheel then the price premium might be worth your time.

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Final Verdict

The Sportwagen is a compelling option for the asking price if you are willing to buy a wagon. It's spacious, comfortable, and well-built. Being a VW, it offers great fuel economy. The ride is composed and the steering is responsive a thing inherited from the Golf hatchback on which it's based. The Sportwagen throws in a good mix of driving dynamics and utility.