2017 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen
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Great Value - Great Features/Technology for Price

by from Southeast Michigan on December 19, 2016

I purchased the Sportwagen S 4motion with DSG transmission. Only options were the mats and safety kit. After considering a 2017 Audi Allroad at $54,000 sticker price I purchased this VW with a stick...
I purchased the Sportwagen S 4motion with DSG transmission. Only options were the mats and safety kit. After considering a 2017 Audi Allroad at $54,000 sticker price I purchased this VW with a sticker of $26,000 instead. At half the price this is by far, not HALF the car. To the contrary, especially considering the Audi was at least $15k over priced and had way too much marketing junk on it to make you think you are getting something valuable. I really loved the Audi, but this VW is very comfortable, is technically advanced with the AWD system and DSG. I like the simple controls and logical design of this car. I don't need nav because this car has an easy to use integration with Apple CarPlay. The engine is quite smooth and powerful for this size car. The seating position is comfortable and the fabric seats are warm in the winter even without the heated elements on. Steering is direct and at the very low price out the door, there is a lot of opportunity to spend a few additional dollars on some extras, such as the winter tires/wheels that I purchased. Some pundits dismiss the Haldex AWD system, but this car is quite impressive and with the 195/60/16 winter Michelins on, this car is fun to drive in the winter conditions. There are three quite simple modes for the TC and Stability settings. 1. Standard all on. 2. TC limited. 3. TC limited and Stability control limited. The systems can not be completely turned off like the Golf R, but there is enough there to have fun driving in the snow. The engine takes regular fuel, or premium if you desire, and perhaps the only downside is the smallish fuel tanks, of about 13 gallons. The car is well built and design is professional and buttoned down.
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Perfect for my needs - at least, so far.

by from Denver, CO on January 4, 2017

I've been driving a Ford Escape the last three years, almost all in-town driving, about 15,000 miles per year. I really had no problems with the Escape, but wanted something a little less truck-like a...
I've been driving a Ford Escape the last three years, almost all in-town driving, about 15,000 miles per year. I really had no problems with the Escape, but wanted something a little less truck-like and closer to the ground, and maybe with a little better mileage. I've only got about 500 miles on my 2017 Golf Sportwagen S with 4Motion, but so far, so good. The build quality seems generally good, although there is a little noise coming from somewhere in the driver's side door, which I expect the dealer can resolve. I'm still avoiding hard acceleration and braking, since it's so new, but performance and handling seem to be pretty good. The Ford was plenty fast but it handled like, ahem, a truck. This feels like a car, has little body roll in cornering, and seems neutral and predictable. I might invest in upgrading the wheels from 16 to 17-inch, and buying summer tires, if it ever stops snowing, but otherwise I can't think of anything I'd change, although it's too bad the 4Motion option is only available in the base trim - I'd enjoy a sunroof and automated climate control, which are only available in the front-wheel-drive version and Alltrack models. For the money, I'd say this is a very good vehicle for those looking for a small, slightly sporty wagon with all-wheel drive and might be a better option for those who enjoy driving than the Subaru, or those who can't afford an Audi.
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Checks all the boxes

by from Fall City, WA on May 29, 2017

We bought this car to replace two diesel Golfs with manual transmissions. We really liked our Golfs' steering, handling, manual transmission shifting, hatchback versatility and high quality interiors...
We bought this car to replace two diesel Golfs with manual transmissions. We really liked our Golfs' steering, handling, manual transmission shifting, hatchback versatility and high quality interiors. A job change requires a commute over often snowy, 1355' Tiger Pass So rather than get an SUV we bought the Sportwagen with a six speed manual and 4Motion. It has the same great steering, handling, transmission and interior but with all wheel drive and seat heaters. Also, its quieter and holds more stuff. Except for the lesser fuel efficiency (31.5 mpg so far) its perfect.
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Decent substitute for Jetta Sportwagon

by from Trenton, NJ on March 23, 2017

While slightly smaller, the Golf S Sportwagon is a practical and able successor to the Jetta Sportwagon. The manual shift transmission is the same smooth, reliable VW unit. The 1.8 litre gas powerplan...
While slightly smaller, the Golf S Sportwagon is a practical and able successor to the Jetta Sportwagon. The manual shift transmission is the same smooth, reliable VW unit. The 1.8 litre gas powerplant is peppier though thirstier than the diesel. Handling is precise. Storage capacity is excellent.
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VW Golf Sportwagen 4Motion S 5 Speed Manual

by from Portsmouth, NH on April 2, 2017

I had a 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI SE 6-speed manual, which had a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, keyless ignition, a premium sound system, fog lights, a lockable glovebox, three prong outlets, and...
I had a 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI SE 6-speed manual, which had a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, keyless ignition, a premium sound system, fog lights, a lockable glovebox, three prong outlets, and leatherette seats - all these features are lacking from the 2017 VW Golf Sportwagen 4Motion S 6-speed manual that I just purchased to replace my TDI. I miss those features on my TDI - it made the TDI feel upscale. I had to special order my 2017 Sportwagen to get the manual shift, but it was worth it. Without a manual shift, I probably would not have gotten another VW to replace my TDI. There are things I like about my new Sportwagen such as it wasn't expensive relative to other cars in its class; it has all wheel drive, which did great on the interstate last week during a nor'easter of wet heavy snow; has a peppy engine; is fun to drive; has ample space; and has nice fit and finish. I don't like that it gets only 30 mpg which pales in comparison to my TDI that average 47 mpg; the cloth seats attract dog hair; no power seat; and the absence of the features that my TDI had. Other than that, it's a good car and I'm happy with the Sportwagen compared to other models available now because it's a manual shift wagon with a turbo. I might have buyer's remorse that I didn't spring for the Golf Alltrack SE because it does come with all the features I miss from my TDI and is available in a manual. Then again, it is more than $5,000 more than the Sportwagen... So in conclusion, if you want a Sportwagen with a manual and more bella and whistles go for the Alltrack SE.
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Feels good to Drive, Android Auto a big plus

by from Nashville, TN on November 30, 2017

I just picked up a new 2017 Golf Sportwagen to replace my 2012 TDI Jetta Sportwagen. They are pretty similar, but I do like the response of the new gas model more than the diesel. I had gotten used ...
I just picked up a new 2017 Golf Sportwagen to replace my 2012 TDI Jetta Sportwagen. They are pretty similar, but I do like the response of the new gas model more than the diesel. I had gotten used to the diesel (my first and likely only diesel car), but this new car feels better - more responsive, it accelerates better, shifts more smoothly in the lower gears, and just feels more "right". I got the base (S) model, so I lost heated seats (which I may miss in the winter, but to me, weren't worth the added cost) and leatherette interior. I actually prefer the feeling of cloth, anyway. The "infotainment center" has received a few helpful upgrades since 2012. I don't know what model year first had it, but my 2017 has Android Auto and Apple Play options, which are a great inclusion. I got to try Android Auto out a little on my drive back from the dealership (a 480-mile drive, as I purchased it out-of-state), and the integration of Google Maps is great, and renders the navigation package useless, in my opinion. There's also a list of Android apps that have Android Auto functionality, including Pandora, Overdrive, NPR One, and many other audio/music/listening apps. If you still listen to CDs, the player has been moved to the glovebox, which seems a bit odd, but should be fine if you don't need to switch CDs while you drive. It is also no longer a mulit-disc player. The SD card slot has moved to the glovebox, as well. There is a USB port (Android Auto and Apple Play apparently both need this to function). This was something that I was surprised was not included in my 2012 Sportwagen, and I'm glad it's there. The Aux (headphone jack) input still exists, and is right next to the USB input, under the infotainment screen (in front of the gear shift). This placement seems much better than where it used to be (on the front armrest). The cargo area is still large, but has diminished just slightly from when the car was built on the Jetta frame. I have done measurements, and the differences shouldn't discourage too many people. I'm a traveling musician, and have gear that needed to fit in the cargo area, and am confident that will all still fit in there. On that topic, the handy "rear pass-through" feature still exists, allowing one to fold the back armrest all the way down to create a rectangular hole through to the cargo area. This is very useful for speaker stands and maybe some long microphone stands. I have two children, and this feature is the reason I bought my 2012 Sportwagen. It allows you to put long objects through the back seat without losing a seat that a child seat would occupy.
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2017 Golf Sportwagon no.1

by from New Jersey on March 3, 2017

Try and find any car larger than a sports car with a manual transmission. Here it is. The great VW transmission in a wagon. Heaven on earth.
Try and find any car larger than a sports car with a manual transmission. Here it is. The great VW transmission in a wagon. Heaven on earth.
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Great Car

by from Phoenix, AZ on April 12, 2017

I have two big dogs that will not fit in a sedan. I was driving a Hyundai Elantra Touring (wagon) which was a great car, but it reached a 142,000 miles and was time for a new vehicle. I was a VERY lo...
I have two big dogs that will not fit in a sedan. I was driving a Hyundai Elantra Touring (wagon) which was a great car, but it reached a 142,000 miles and was time for a new vehicle. I was a VERY loyal Hyundai fan, this was my 5th Elantra. I did not want an SUV as one of my dogs who is older was get arthritis in his back legs and the height to get in was a concern. I am also one of the rare Americans who really prefers driving a stick shift. I went back to Hyundai but the Elantra GT, which I could get in a manual, but that car did not have nearly the room of the car I was replacing and also had an uneven load floor. I also checked the Kia Soul (only get a very basic car with a manual) the Mazda 3 (also to small of a cargo area) and finally I went in to VW. The dealer had a black 2016 manual S Sportwagen. I tool it for a drive and fell in love. The car has great get up and go and was filled with good tech for the price. The only thing that I was disappointed with was that it did not have leather seats. The dealer quickly resolved that issue, as they work with a local company to install leather, and they did an amazing job, and installed 2 tone gray/black leather in the car for me. There are 3 things that I wish the car came with that it does not have. I wish you get a moonroof with a manual transmission. I wish it had Auto headlights, had that feature in one of my previous cars and loved it, and the 16" wheels that it comes with are okay, but the 17" & 18" wheels on the SE and SEL trim models are much more attractive. I will most likely upgrade at some point. The car has 21,000 miles on it so far, has been bullet proof for reliability. Both VW dealers that I brought the car in for service where fantastic. They were quick and efficient and I got the car back when promised (this was a HUGE downfall for Hyundai - Oil Changes were always a minimum of 3 hour waits). I am fairly easy going on my car, and tend to shift between 2500 -3000 rpm and I consistently get 33 -37 MPG in mostly city / rush hour traffic. Prior to me moving into the city, I had a 100 mile commute of mostly highway which the car was averaging 41 - 43 MPG all the time. Overall great car, love the room. As long as the car is stays reliable, I think I am going to be a life long VW owner.
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2017 VW Golf Sportwagen 4Motion with DSG

by from Newtown, CT on July 31, 2017

I purchased the 2017 VW Golf Sportwagen with 4Motion and the DSG transmission for the AWD capability, without the Alltrack exterior "rugged looking" plastic addons. The lower center of gravity gives b...
I purchased the 2017 VW Golf Sportwagen with 4Motion and the DSG transmission for the AWD capability, without the Alltrack exterior "rugged looking" plastic addons. The lower center of gravity gives better handling as well. I have been consistently getting 36 miles to the gallon on the highway and 24 miles to the gallon in town. The DSG transmission adds the ability to manage the power easily without having to add power with the gas pedal. It is very comfortable and easy to drive, and with Apple CarPlay, get navigation and iTunes music from my phone, to the VW Dash display and sound system. A lower purchase price than the Alltrack added to the total value.
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Default Infliction

by from on November 4, 2016

I am very distraught over the plain fact the VW still intends to cheat US customers. They are forcing product into the US market that many of us life long VW fans do not want and they are refusing to ...
I am very distraught over the plain fact the VW still intends to cheat US customers. They are forcing product into the US market that many of us life long VW fans do not want and they are refusing to provide much of what we want/need. I do not want/need an Alltrack or wasteful SUV. I do want/need a SportWagen SE or SEL with 4 Motion and fog lights (without a panoramic roof). I have dogs, I use a barrier gate, and cannot use a pano. VW has created a situation in their ordering options where the options I actually need are not available in the US. They clearly have the capacity to make these available and they choose to flip us off instead. Adding insult to this infliction, they do make the setup I need available in Canada. VW's insistent focus to subjectify the user experience is waning on my patience. They think the Canadiens don't want/need an Alltrack S or SE, and they think the US doesn't want/need a regular wagon with 4 Motion and fog lights. Why not an Alltrack you say? I will be coming off a TDI JSW Sportwagen. I regularly get 42 mpg. The wagon I may eventually choose will have a significant reduction in mpg. The Alltrack has more wind resistance and 2 to 3 mpg less than the regular Golf Sportwagen. I had a Subaru Legacy Outback (it was my wife's). It was good for her needs, but this is not what I need. The Sportwagen has been fantastic for what I need. Finding it's equal in value will be a challenge. I will not buy a car without fogs or AWD, so I will wait to see if they become available in the GSW 4 Motion. These dummkopf's could sell me an R wagen if they where to become a bit more objective. Right now I'm considering leaving the brand.
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