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2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen


City 22 - 25 MPG Hwy 31 - 34 MPG

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety:
    5 stars
  • Frontal Crash:
    4 stars
  • Side Crash:
    5 stars

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

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Overall Rating:
4.6 (out of 5)
Value 4.6
Exterior 4.2
Interior 4.4
Comfort 4.4
Performance 4.6
Reliability 4.4
perfect in the snow

by Andrew W. from New Brunswick | June 30, 2019

with studded winter tires, I was performing better on the streets after a heavy snowfall than dedicated 4WD pickups! Although the high-end version has power seats, the level below that is perfectly fine; the manual seat adjustments are simple to use and provide great comfort on long cross-country drives.

The do-it-all car

by Chris_Bob from Minneapolis, MN | June 15, 2019

This car is exactly what I wanted - a versatile one. Going to and from work is usually ho-hum because there is plenty of power, agility, and brakes available when needed so I never stress about merging or being cut off or unexpected obstacles. Going on long road trips are what this car seems to be made for. I have single person camped in the back. I have carried 5 skiers and gear to the ski area. I have carried 4 cyclists and bikes. I have carried 2 cyclists and bikes completely inside the car. The storage pockets in the doors and the storage compartments under and next to the rear floor are huge and very useful. I can carry a very complete emergency kit with jumper cables, tire chains, tool box, extra fluids, blankets, tie downs, tow straps, power inverter, first aid kit, snow brush, and more without having any of it visible or in the way. Comfort is good with some passengers commenting about the smooth ride. AWD is fantastic and so are the stability control systems. I'm not sure one could make this car go out of control. The car feels quick thanks to the high torque turbo motor and sporty thanks to the MQB platform that makes the GTI and Golf R so fun to drive. Gas mileage is OK (27.4 MPG so far) considering it has AWD but it won't win any MPG competitions. There has been one recall of the rear coil springs and a leak at the roof antenna that were both taken care of without issue or cost. Despite those 2 issues there is nothing that has struck me as sub-standard. The 6 year 72K mile bumper to bumper warranty is why I bought a 2018 over 2017. My least favorite part of this car is that it is a base model. It looks plain inside and out. My most favorite part of this car is it's versatility and the potential for improvement and customization with OEM and aftermarket parts. The car has 13K miles so far.

Fun to drive

by Kayaker from Chicago, IL | June 01, 2019

The VW Sportwagen SEL is a great car, except for the seating. Great performance (acceleration, cornering), good gas mileage (high 30's mpg), good infotainment system (including navigation), good looking, roomy cargo area. Perfect height for easily car-topping a sea kayak. But the seats are just so-so. The driver's power lumbar support is too high to be useful. The seats are not supportive; my 70-year-old back hurts after driving just 15 minutes. I don't mind the tight ride, but the seats need to be improved. (I have driven 6000 miles in one year of ownership.)

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2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Overview

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is a five-door wagon version of the compact Golf. Maximum cargo capacity is 66.5 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down. It is powered by a 170-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Front wheel drive comes standard, while all-wheel drive is available. This year, it receives the same midcycle exterior refresh as the regular Golf.

Three trims are available: the S, SE, and SEL.