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.