Despite the accepted wisdom that says American car buyers don’t want to buy wagons, Volkswagen continues to cater to the cadre of wagon loyalists. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is essentially a stretched version of the Volkswagen Golf. According to the Monterey Volkswagen dealership, this means the Golf SportWagen provides more cargo space than the standard Golf. And despite its size, the Golf SportWagen handles just as well as the Golf. In addition, buyers can choose the available all-wheel-drive system, which is great for those who need extra grip for driving on wet or icy roads.
The 2019 Golf SportWagen has a total of 66.5 cubic feet of space when the seats are folded down. That’s as much room for cargo as many compact SUVs. Customers of the VW dealer in Monterey like the Golf SportWagen’s luxurious cabin as well as its proficient turbocharged engine. Anyone looking for a great vehicle with some extra room should take a close look at the 2019 Golf SportWagen.
The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen garners positive reviews from the automotive press. Kelley Blue Book wrote: “The VW Golf SportWagen carries like a small SUV, but it drives like a hot little hatchback. If you’re looking for an affordable, fun-to-drive and fuel-efficient wagon with available all-wheel drive, you’ll like the new SportWagen. It’s also rated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The S and SE models with front-wheel drive employ a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. The S trim can get the optional all-wheel-drive system, which is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 168 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque.
Changes for 2019 include a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine for models with front-wheel drive, a new six-speed manual gearbox and a new eight-speed automatic.
S models with front-wheel drive come with a choice between an eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. All-wheel drive models can get a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic that Volkswagen calls DSG. The SE trim is only offered with the eight-speed automatic transmission.
The S trim comes with a nice list of standard features, including 15-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, heated side mirrors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seats, front seats with partial power adjustment, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment screen, a six-speaker audio system with HD radio and a USB input, and VW's Car-Net App-Connect. The S with all-wheel drive gets 16-inch wheels, heated front seats and heated wiper nozzles.
Step up to the SE trim and you’ll get 17-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, foglights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 115-volt outlet in the cargo area, keyless entry and ignition, faux leather upholstery, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, a CD player, satellite radio, an AUX input and the Car-Net Security & Service connectivity system.
The SE gets a number of safety assist features, including rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning. These features are available on the S trim in the form of the Driver Assistance package. The SE trim also comes with automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.