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If you love the VW Golf but find yourself wanting just a bit more room, meet the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. This Golf is about 10 inches longer, but it doesn't compromise style while delivering extra practicality. We have five reasons why the versatile Golf SportWagen outshines the competition.

Space Craft

The SportWagen has a spacious 66.5 cu ft. of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat. That's around 14 cu ft. more than the regular Golf and comparable to many compact crossover SUVs. The space is also efficiently designed, with a 60/40 split in the rear and a wide tailgate opening to allow for all types of luggage and passenger combinations.

Engine Room

Volkswagen gave the SportWagen an exceptional powertrain. It's rated at 170 horsepower, and the 1.8-liter turbo provides ample power for everyday driving. It even returns 36 miles per gallon on the highway, so you won't stop as much on road trips. It also gets 25 mpg in the city, so you can easily zip around town.

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When it comes to design, the SportWagen offers extra room, but at the end of the day, it's still a Golf. That means you get a versatile, practical car with a refined ride quality, with the superb driving dynamics and sophisticated handling that are characteristic of Volkswagen. Even if you're riding solo with nothing in the cargo hold, the SportWagen is sure to provide plenty of fun on the curvy ride home.

Superior Interior

VW put lots of work into this interior, and the effort shows. The Golf SportWagen's cabin is upscale, more so than most in its class. Supportive seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and soft-touch plastics tie things together nicely. And the touchscreen swipes and offers pinch-to-zoom functions just like the smartphone or tablet you've become accustomed to.

Money Matters

You can get into the SportWagen for under $22,000 -- not bad considering all its standard features, like cruise control, hill-hold assist, a rearview camera, electronic limited slip-differential and 15-inch alloys. Even the top SEL trim level is around $29,500, affordable indeed for well-made German quality.

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The 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is useful, functional and reasonably priced. It's a great opportunity to go larger than the traditional Golf while staying separate from the common crossover herd.

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