2016 Volkswagen Golf

Original MSRP Range
$18,495 - $38,995
Available Style(s)
Wagon, Hatchback
MPG
22 - 31 MPG City / 30 - 45 MPG Hwy
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2016 Volkswagen Golf

What We Like

Excellent fuel economy; capable handling; upscale interior; serious cargo space

What We Don't

No all-wheel-drive option

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.2/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.2/ 5
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Overview

What's New in the 2016 Volkswagen Golf?

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

Which Golf is the Best?

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

 

How Much Does a 2016 Volkswagen Golf Cost?

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.

Golf Trims

WagonOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Golf SportWagen 4dr Auto TSI Limited Edition$24,995 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo17025 / 356-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf SportWagen 4dr Auto TSI S$22,725 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo17025 / 355-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf SportWagen 4dr Auto TSI SE$27,025 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo17025 / 356-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf SportWagen 4dr Auto TSI SEL$29,385 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo17025 / 356-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf SportWagen 4dr DSG TDI SN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo15031 / 426-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf SportWagen 4dr DSG TDI SEN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo15031 / 426-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf SportWagen 4dr DSG TDI SELN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo15031 / 426-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf SportWagen 4dr Man TDI SN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo150N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf SportWagen 4dr Man TDI SEN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo150N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf SportWagen 4dr Man TDI SELN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo150N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf SportWagen 4dr Man TSI S$21,625 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo170N/A5-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
HatchbackOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Golf 2dr HB Auto TSI$19,595 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo17025 / 376-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 2dr HB Auto TSI S$20,675 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo17025 / 375-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 2dr HB DSG TDI SN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo15031 / 436-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 2dr HB Man TDI SN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo150N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 2dr HB Man TSI$18,495 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo170N/A6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 2dr HB Man TSI S$19,575 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo170N/A5-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 4dr HB Auto TSI S$21,275 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo17025 / 375-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 4dr HB Auto TSI S w/Sunroof$22,625 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo17025 / 375-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 4dr HB Auto TSI SE$25,225 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo17025 / 366-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 4dr HB Auto TSI SEL$27,425 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo17025 / 366-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 4dr HB DSG TDI SN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo15031 / 436-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 4dr HB DSG TDI SEN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo15031 / 436-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 4dr HB DSG TDI SELN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo15031 / 436-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 4dr HB Man TDI SN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo150N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 4dr HB Man TDI SEN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo150N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 4dr HB Man TDI SELN/A 4 Cylinder Turbo150N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf 4dr HB Man TSI S$20,175 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo170N/A5-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf R 4dr HB DSG w/DCC/Nav$38,995 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo29223 / 306-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Golf R 4dr HB Man w/DCC/Nav$37,895 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo292N/A6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD
Volkswagen Golf Safety

Is the 2016 Volkswagen Golf a Safe Car?

Standard safety features include anti-lock disc brakes, traction/stability control and six airbags (front, front-side and side-curtain). The standard Volkswagen Car-Net telematics system provides a smartphone app that lets you interact with the car remotely and features an SOS button for emergency assistance.

The SportWagen has not been crash-tested, but the regular Golf scored a maximum five stars overall in government crash tests: four of out five for front-impact protection and a full five stars for side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety made the regular Golf a Top Safety Pick+ after awarding it the top rating of Good in every category.

Frontal Crash Rating–Overall
Overall Rating
Rollover Rating–Overall
Side Barrier Rating–Overall
Side Crash Rating–Overall
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System

Competition

2016 Volkswagen Golf vs the competition

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.

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