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Buy a Wagon: 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 4Motion Test

I have a theory that the majority of drivers love station wagons, but they’re simply too embarrassed to admit to it their friends. I’m not one of those people, however, which is why I’ll tell you flat-out that this little VW Sportwagen is a true beauty. Wagons are an anomaly in the automotive world, as they provide both drivability and utility in a way that few other vehicles can match. The 2018 VW Golf Sportwagen takes that to the next level, as it’s not only fun to drive, but provides value, sport, and all-weather performance beautifully.

For the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 4Motion review, specs, and pricing, read on…

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2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 4Motion Exterior

With predictable styling and a classic demeanor, the 2018 Golf Sportwagen isn’t going to make people stop and stare. Yet to those who understand what this little wagon was meant to do, to those folks, it will be one of the most beautiful vehicles on the road today. A short front-end houses stylish sealed beam headlamps with a slim black grill and a polished insert. Our test car came to us covered in Platinum Gray Metallic paint and wearing 16-inch alloys running 205/55-series all-season tires over 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.

Head rearward and body-colored painted mirrors with embedded turn signals, blacked-out roof rails and trim along with a nicely integrated rear spoiler help to give the Sportwagen an air of fun. New LED taillights are also nice looking while polished exhaust ports reside in the lower rear fascia. Subtle 4Motion badging can also be found on the lower right side of the rear lift gate and lets those behind you know that adverse weather is not a problem.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 4Motion Interior

With clear analog gauges, easy to operate HVAC controls and a 6.5” touchscreen that’s a new standard feature for 2018, the Golf Sportwagen proves that simplicity is key when it comes to designing a great interior. There are no superfluous features or add-ons; instead VW has chosen to focus on using high quality materials and constructing a cabin that’s ergonomically correct and useful. The cloth front seats for instance are not only comfortable, but offer a nice combination of manual and electronic adjustability. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is leather wrapped and adorned with piano black plastic and polished trim along with inset controls that allow access to the center dash readout for things like the media system, cruise control, on-board trip computer and fuel economy readings. Large analog gauges are also clearly visible and VW has even seen fit to include a variety of satin and polished trim throughout the cabin.

The interior is also quiet, there’s plenty of leg, shoulder and headroom and to top it off, the Sportwagen offers up to 66.5 cubic-feet of storage space with the 60/40-rear seats folded flat. I must also give VW a nod for their interior panel gaps and for not following conventional trends, but instead designing an interior that is usable on a day-to-day basis.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 4Motion Performance

Fitted with 4Motion All-wheel drive, a 6-speed manual transmission, and a peaky 1.8L turbocharged inline-4 that produces 170-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, meant that the Golf Sportwagen was one of the sportiest wagons I’ve driven in quite some time. The manual transmission helps it come alive and allows the driver to really have fun. And while not blisteringly fast, it will still hustle to 60-mph in around 7.5 seconds or so. For those who aren’t in favor of shifting, a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic with a manual shift mode is also available along with a bump in torque to 199 lb-ft.

4Motion all-wheel drive also meant the Sportwagen felt very competent from a handling perspective. Turn-in was quick with very little front-end push, a trait found on most AWD vehicles. It was also easy to drive quickly and felt quite composed when pushed thanks to a nicely tuned suspension. Jump on the binders and drivers will be rewarded with panic-free stops. The Sportwagen is also EPA rated at 22 mpg city, 31 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in combined driving, which means one can expect a range of over 350 miles from the 14.5-gallon fuel tank.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 4Motion Safety

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 4Motion comes to us with such standard safety features as anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, electronic brake-pressure distribution, airbags throughout the cabin, automatic post collision system, a standard backup camera. 4Motion all-wheel drive and more. Additional safety features can be seen over at VW.com.

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2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen 4Motion Overall

With a base price of $21,685.00 for a manually equipped, front-wheel drive “S” model, and an “as tested” price of $24,785.00 for the 4Motion “S” model you see here, the 2018 Golf Sportwagen offers a range of reasonably price models. And while others in the segment may deliver marginally better performance, there are few competitors out there who can match the fun factor and drivability of this little wagon. This is one to check out.

Drop by your local AutoNation Volkswagen dealer today to check one out!

*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

**Vehicle MSRP of $24,785.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

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