There's no diesel-powered TDI version this year. A rearview camera is standard throughout the range. The Driver Assistance package now includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a blind spot monitoring system and lane-departure alert. Leatherette upholstery migrates up from the S trim to the SE level. An updated infotainment system brings a 6.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, and (finally) a proper USB port replaces VW's proprietary cable. See the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen models for sale near you
The SE trim level hits the sweet spot for features without breaking the bank. It's far from obvious that everyone will get the automatic version, since a wagon buyer is a nonconformist. But that extra engine power and the subsequent advantage in resale value could swing it. Find a Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen for sale
The 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen comes in S, SE and SEL trim levels.
The base 1.8T S ($22,445) has 15-in alloy wheels, black roof rails, a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with tilt-telescopic adjustment, height-adjustable front seats, a cooled glove box, hill-hold assist, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, a touchscreen interface, a USB port, auxiliary audio input, HD Radio and satellite radio, power accessories and air conditioning.
The 1.8T SE ($27,845) adds 17-in alloy wheels, fog lights, rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic sunroof, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, keyless entry/starting, a 115-volt power outlet and a premium Fender-branded 9-speaker audio system.
The 1.8T SEL ($30,205) has 18-in alloy wheels, silver roof rails, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, sport seats with 10-way power driver's-side adjustments and ambient LED interior lighting.
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 mitigation, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors).
We've already mentioned the generous 66.5 cu ft. of maximum cargo space. But when the rear seats are in place, there's still 30.4 cu ft. to swallow the week's groceries.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2016 Subaru Outback -- The Outback is larger than the SportWagen. It's also more capable, providing standard all-wheel drive and a raised suspension.
2016 Volvo V60 -- Considering something pricier? The V60 is even nicer than the SportWagen inside. It's quicker, too.
2016 Toyota Prius v -- This larger Prius hatchback is more fuel efficient than the SportWagen but not as much fun to drive.
Used Audi allroad -- The luxurious allroad offers standard all-wheel drive and tough off-road hardware. It's also a little faster than the SportWagen. Look for a certified pre-owned example with a factory warranty.