Excellent fuel economy with either the gasoline or diesel engine; capable handling; upscale interior; serious cargo space
Fancier models cost more than you might think
The Golf SportWagen is all new this year.
The SE trim level strikes us as the sweet spot, giving you keyless entry/start, the panoramic sunroof, Fender audio and rearview camera without breaking the bank. No matter which engine you choose, the SportWagen SE is a lot of car for under $30,000.
The 2015 SportWagen is offered as the 1.8T or TDI in three trim levels: S, SE and SEL.
The base 1.8T S ($22,215) and TDI S ($25,415) come standard with features such as alloy wheels (15-inch wheels for the 1.8T and 16-in wheels for the TDI), black roof rails, Bluetooth connectivity, a touchscreen interface, satellite radio, leatherette upholstery, power accessories and air-conditioning. The TDI also gets keyless entry/start and a rearview camera.
The 1.8T SE ($27,815) and TDI SE ($28,815) add 17-in alloy wheels, fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry/start, a rearview camera (already standard on TDI) and a premium Fender audio system.
The 1.8T SEL ($30,165) and TDI SEL ($31,165) add 18-in alloy wheels, silver roof rails, a navigation system, automatic climate control, sport seats with 12-way power driver adjustments and ambient interior lighting with LED reading lights.
All SE and SEL models are eligible for two options packages. A lighting package (adaptive xenon headlights, LED running lights and -- if not already specified -- ambient interior lighting with LED reading lights) and a Driver Assistance Package (forward-collision warning and front and rear parking sensors).
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
2015 Volvo V60 -- Considering pricier versions of the SportWagen? See if your Volvo dealer can hook you up with a deal on a V60. It's nicer inside than the Volkswagen, and it's swifter, too.
Toyota Prius v -- This supersized Prius hatchback is even more fuel efficient than the SportWagen, so if you're considering the TDI engine for its fuel economy, the Prius v could be an appealing alternative.
Used Audi allroad -- The luxurious allroad offers standard all-wheel drive and tough off-road hardware, and it's a little faster than the SportWagen 1.8T. Look for a certified pre-owned example with a factory warranty.