2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Buyer's Guide

We automotive media types talk a lot these days about the coming demise of the family sedan, a vehicle segment whose popularity is falling victim to the average car buyer's love of crossovers. But if you want to know the real victim of the crossover craze, it's the station wagon.

Volkswagen is one of the last automakers who still believes in this body style, which used to be all the rage with family-oriented drivers. And ironically enough, the Golf Sportwagen is the basis for what can fairly be called VW's entry-level crossover, the Alltrack, an AWD version of the Sportwagen with a lifted suspension and more rugged-looking styling.

The Sportwagen's most notable change for 2019 is its adoption of a 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which leaves last year's 1.8L turbo for the all-wheel drive Alltrack variant, covered in a separate buyer's guide entry. The Alltrack is also now the only way to get a Golf with AWD; last year's option of all-wheel traction in the regular wagon is gone.

An eight-speed automatic replaces last year's optional six-speed; a six-speed manual is still the base gearbox.

VW has also dropped last year's entry-level Trendline trim so that the Sportwagen is now offered in Comfortline and Highline variants. Both trims lose a few features you probably won't notice: there's no more auxiliary input (the one that looks like a headphone jack), there are two fewer speakers in the base sound system, the 12-volt power outlet in the centre console is gone and VW has pulled the TSI badge off the tailgate.

Meanwhile, the Highline gains automatic dual-zone climate control.

Borrowed from the all-new 2019 Jetta, the 1.4L engine makes 147 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. That's 23 hp less than last year, while the torque figure is about the same and is really what matters here, anyway. As with all of VW's turbo four-cylinders, this one feels stronger than it is owing to that torque peaking just off idle speed. If there's a downside, it's a lack of high-end power that you'll notice most in highway driving.

In our minds, VW faces no direct competition for this car, but the Sportwagen challenges compact crossovers in terms of interior space while its smaller body presents less square footage to the wind, aiding fuel economy, especially in highway driving.

As of press time, Volkswagen hadn't published its fuel consumption estimates for the Sportwagen, but we expect them to be only nominally higher than the new Jetta's 7.8/5.9 L/100 km (city/highway) estimates.

2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Specifications

There are 9 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $24,400 MSRP
7.3
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
147 hp @5000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Wagon
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
Comfortline Manual $24,400 5 Wagon
Comfortline Manual 147 hp @5000 rpm 184 ft-lb @1500 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
Comfortline Manual 179.6" 70.8" 58.3" 103.5"
Comfortline Manual
Comfortline Manual Cloth Seats
Comfortline Manual
Comfortline Manual
Comfortline Auto $25,800 5 Wagon
Comfortline Auto 147 hp @5000 rpm 184 ft-lb @1500 rpm 8-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Comfortline Auto 179.6" 70.8" 58.3" 103.5"
Comfortline Auto
Comfortline Auto Cloth Seats
Comfortline Auto
Comfortline Auto
Comfortline Manual 4MOTION $25,900 5 Wagon
Comfortline Manual 4MOTION 168 hp @4500 rpm 199 ft-lb @1600 rpm 6-Speed M/T All Wheel Drive
Comfortline Manual 4MOTION 179.6" 70.8" 58.3" 103.5"
Comfortline Manual 4MOTION
Comfortline Manual 4MOTION Cloth Seats
Comfortline Manual 4MOTION
Comfortline Manual 4MOTION
Comfortline DSG 4MOTION $27,300 5 Wagon
Comfortline DSG 4MOTION 168 hp @4500 rpm 199 ft-lb @1600 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
Comfortline DSG 4MOTION 179.6" 70.8" 58.3" 103.5"
Comfortline DSG 4MOTION
Comfortline DSG 4MOTION Cloth Seats
Comfortline DSG 4MOTION
Comfortline DSG 4MOTION
Highline Manual $27,500 5 Wagon
Highline Manual 147 hp @5000 rpm 184 ft-lb @1500 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
Highline Manual 179.6" 70.8" 58.3" 103.5"
Highline Manual
Highline Manual Premium Synthetic Seats
Highline Manual
Highline Manual
Highline Auto $28,900 5 Wagon
Highline Auto 147 hp @5000 rpm 184 ft-lb @1500 rpm 8-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
Highline Auto 179.6" 70.8" 58.3" 103.5"
Highline Auto
Highline Auto Premium Synthetic Seats
Highline Auto
Highline Auto
Highline Manual 4MOTION $29,000 5 Wagon
Highline Manual 4MOTION 168 hp @4500 rpm 199 ft-lb @1600 rpm 6-Speed M/T All Wheel Drive
Highline Manual 4MOTION 179.6" 70.8" 58.3" 103.5"
Highline Manual 4MOTION
Highline Manual 4MOTION Premium Synthetic Seats
Highline Manual 4MOTION
Highline Manual 4MOTION
Highline DSG 4MOTION $30,400 5 Wagon
Highline DSG 4MOTION 168 hp @4500 rpm 199 ft-lb @1600 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
Highline DSG 4MOTION 179.6" 70.8" 58.3" 103.5"
Highline DSG 4MOTION
Highline DSG 4MOTION Premium Synthetic Seats
Highline DSG 4MOTION
Highline DSG 4MOTION
Execline DSG 4MOTION $34,820 5 Wagon
Execline DSG 4MOTION 168 hp @4500 rpm 199 ft-lb @1600 rpm 6-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
Execline DSG 4MOTION 179.6" 70.8" 58.3" 103.5"
Execline DSG 4MOTION
Execline DSG 4MOTION Leather Seats
Execline DSG 4MOTION
Execline DSG 4MOTION

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