Many buyers need utilities from SUVs but do not want an SUV in the driveway. That’s where a compact wagon like the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen comes in. Based on the Volkswagen Golf, one of the most popular cars in the world, the SportWagen is built on the Golf hatchback practicality with a few feet longer and a solid body. With up to 66.5 cubic feet of cargo space, the Golf SportWagen carries as many small compact SUVs, and with optional all-wheel-drive, it’s perfectly capable for snowy days.
Not only that, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is also impressive with its interior is built from high-quality materials and deliver distraction-free, no-nonsense driving environment. The turbocharged engine is quick, fuel-efficient engine and provides responsive driving experience. For those who need an SUV but do not want an SUV, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is a great alternative.
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower. With the base five-speed manual transmission (S trim only), it produces 184 pound-feet of torque, but when equipped with the optional six-speed automatic, the torque number jumps to 199 lb-ft. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive, which VW calls 4Motion, is optional for the S trim.
Acceleration is smooth and the automatic transmission can be shifted manually using either paddle shifter or the gearshift if more control is desired. In track testing, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen S 4Motion went to 60 mph from zero in 7 seconds.
EPA estimated fuel economy for the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen FWD with manual transmission at 29 mpg combined (25 city/34 highway) and 28 mpg combined (24 city/33 highway). The S 4Motion rated at (25/22/31) with the manual and (24/22/29) the automatic.