VW Golf Sportswagon is a peppy CUV

by Dan M | Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2017

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By David Goodspeed

It’s been barely 18 months since we last drove a Golf Sportwagen
from Volkswagen and recently they sent us the 2017 model. VW moved
Sportwagen from the Jetta line to the Golf family for MY2015 and since
then they have given the model a few tech upgrades.
We enjoyed driving this great little alternative to a compact
utility vehicle and especially like the peppy turbo motor and solid
chassis.
Power quickly arrives at the wheels thanks to the 170hp and 199
lb. ft. torque of the 1.8T motor mated to a five-speed manual gearbox
in our tester. Yes, I said manual transmission, as Volkswagen is one
of the few remaining automakers clinging to this “archaic” form of
technology. I, for one, applaud the automaker for keeping this option
in the mix.
The Golf Sportwagen rides very confidently around town and on the
highway. It is smooth and quiet while providing nearly every amenity
and convenience of a CUV but with a lower point of ingress/egress as
well as better handling on the curves.

New driver safety technologies now available on Sportwagen models
include forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking
(Front Assist), blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert,
adaptive cruise control, front and rear park distance control (Park
Pilot), parking steering assistant (Park Assist), and lane departure
warning (Lane Assist).
For consumers in the snowbelt states that require a bit more
driving assistance from their vehicles Volkswagen offers Sportwagen
with 4Motion all-wheel drive and a new Alltrack model that basically
elevates the Sportwagen to near crossover proportions.
Pricing for the 2017 Golf Sportwagen begins at $21,580 with our
tester arriving at $22,400. Fuel economy is rated at 25 mpg city and
35 mpg highway.
I know VW has had a rough stretch recently but for those who can
look past the negativity and for consumers shopping an alternative to
the cookie-cutter compact crossover, the Golf Sportwagen may just be
right up you alley (or in your driveway).

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