For many of us in our 40s and older, wagons were the family-haulers of our childhood. Before minivans became popular, a wagon — sometimes with three rows of seats — was the choice for carting a brood around town. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen forgoes the rugged wagon look that’s popular today for a refined style influenced by its Golf roots. All-new for 2015, the Golf SportWagen scored well in our Child Seat Check, increasing its appeal to families.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The Golf SportWagen has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. They sit under removable plastic covers and are easy to use. Three tether anchors are found midway down the rear seatbacks. They’re clearly labeled and also easy to use.
- For our rear-facing infant and convertible seats, we were able to install them behind the front passenger seat without moving it forward. The installation was a snap with both car seats, which have rigid Latch connectors (convertible seat) and hooklike connectors (infant seat).
- The forward-facing convertible also installed easily and fit well in the wagon’s backseat.
- The booster fit well in the SportWagen’s contoured rear seats.
What We Don’t
- While on stable bases, the seat belt buckles sit low in the bottom cushion, making it difficult for young kids to use independently.