- Newly available MIB II multimedia system has Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility
- Revised optional Driver Assistance Package now includes adaptive cruise control and other additional safety features
- 2016 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+
The 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is a 5-door hatchback with a maximum cargo capacity of 66.5 cubic feet. Undoubtedly, it serves people who want more versatility out of their compact cars. It competes with the Mazda3 hatchback, Hyundai Elantra GT, and MINI Cooper Countryman.
Three trims are available: the S, SE, and SEL.
The Golf SportWagen has subtle styling with clean, minimalistic body lines. With a lower stance, it is more maneuverable for city-driving than an SUV. Standard features include heated side mirrors, turn signals on the side mirrors, and 16-inch wheels. Xenon HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, a panoramic moonroof, rain-sensing wipers, and larger 17- or 18-inch wheels are available as well.
Powering the Golf SportWagen is a standard 170-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed automatic. Fuel economy for the SportWagen with a manual transmission is an EPA-estimated 25/36 mpg city/highway. It slightly drops to a 25/35 mpg rating for the SportWagen with an automatic.
Inside, the 5-seat Golf SportWagen has a sporty, black interior with standard cloth seats. Rear passenger volume is 94.3 cubic feet. All trims have the new MIB II multimedia system, which includes a 6.5-inch touchscreen, an integrated navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio. Other standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, power windows/locks, a split-fold rear seat, and a tilt telescoping steering wheel. Leather-trim seats, power adjustable sport seats, remote keyless entry, push-button start, and a Fender premium audio system are available as well.
The Golf SportWagen earned a full 5-Star overall crash test safety rating from the NHTSA. It also earned the Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS. For 2016, Volkswagen has revised their optional Driver Assistance Package, which now includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and autonomous braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and parking assist. Front airbags, antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, and a backup camera come standard.