2018 Volkswagen Golf Review, specs and Release date

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Are you in the market for something very practical but not interested in a compact SUV? The Golf SportWagen might be just what you’re looking for. It combines the high levels of fit and finish and excellent road manners found in the standard Golf but with considerably more cargo space.VW turned the already practical Golf into an even more practical wagon by adding an extra foot of length to the cargo area, resulting in 66.5 cubic feet of space with the seats down (up from the standard Golf’s 53.7 cubic feet). That’s similar to what a lot of compact SUVs can hold. The Golf SportWagen also boasts a smooth and efficient turbocharged engine and an upscale interior. You can even get it with all-wheel drive, which is a useful option if you frequently drive in inclement weather.On the downside, you don’t quite get that elevated driving position like you do with an SUV, and the best small SUVs (the Honda CR-V, for example) ultimately have more backseat space and cargo room. Overall, though, we think the 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is a great alternative to more mainstream offerings.

what’s new

For 2018, all trim levels receive LED taillights, LED daytime running lights and automatic wipers. Volkswagen has also upgraded the SportWagen’s touchscreen infotainment systems. Finally, the SE trim gets more standard safety features this year, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

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The base model S is well-equipped, and it’s the only trim that offers all-wheel drive or a manual transmission. But a better choice is the SE. You also get an 8-inch touchscreen, a panoramic sunroof, simulated leather upholstery and more driver safety aids. It’s a better value than the SEL. And if you really need AWD, consider the better-equipped Golf Alltrack wagon.

trim levels & features

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen comes in four trim levels: S, S with 4Motion, SE and SEL. The base S comes nicely equipped and offers most of what you need and comes in a 4Motion version with all-wheel drive. The SE and the SEL add more convenience, luxury and safety features.

driving

With 170 horsepower, the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine should prove potent enough for most drivers. It’ll have to because it’s the only choice. Despite the vehicle’s name, there’s not much “sport” to the car’s handling abilities.

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comfort

The SportWagen is a Golf through and through, which means impressive seat and ergonomic comfort all around. The central control panel is angled toward the driver for easier access.

interior

Large windows all around with ample glass and a simple, sensible control layout make the SportWagen’s cabin a pleasant, user-friendly environment. The premium materials and a conservative design make this wagon seem more entry-luxury than economy compact.

 

sources: edmunds

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