There is an alternative to SUVs for those buyers who want the fun and enjoyment of driving a car along with the practicality and utility of a crossover. The alternative is a high-quality wagon, and one that Riverside Volkswagen drivers have in mind is the Golf SportWagen. As well as being good-looking, practical, great value for money and fun to drive, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen also boasts an extremely generous six-year/72,000-mile warranty for added peace of mind. Here's what else you can expect from this exceptional wagon.
For the new model year, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen you'll find at a Riverside Volkswagen dealership gets a new four-cylinder turbo engine for front-drive models and new six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions for the whole lineup. The SE trim level also gets extra driver safety aids as standard equipment.
Four models make up the 2019 Golf SportWagen range: the entry-level S, the S with 4Motion, the SE and the range-topping SEL. All models in the family now feature the same engine, which is a modern 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbo producing 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
The styling of the SportWagen with its long roof and balanced proportions is a particular strength of this Golf variant, but an even bigger strength is the way it drives. There's plenty of power on tap from an engine that's both responsive and quick off the mark, and the power delivery through the full range of revs is smooth and accomplished.
USA Today's review agrees, and wrote this about the 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen: "The driving experience is generally not a strength for vehicles in this class and price range, but I'm happy to report that the Golf SportWagen is a true member of the Golf family. Its dynamics and powertrain are both very much up to par."
Standard levels of features and equipment are generous throughout the trim levels of the 2019 Golf SportWagen. In fact, the base S model comes standard with a 6.5-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system that's one of the best you'll find anywhere in a base model in this class and at this sort of price. The S also comes with standard LED tail lights and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The S with 4Motion adds all-wheel drive to the S trim, but heated front seats are also part of the extra equipment. SE models get upgraded to an even better 8-inch infotainment system, and the SE also comes standard with blind spot monitoring and a powered panoramic sunroof. That 8-inch touchscreen infotainment gets navigation added with the top-level SEL trim of the SportWagen, which also comes with automatic headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Safety is always an important part of any Volkswagen, and as well as the usual airbags, traction control and ABS brakes, the SportWagen also features an Intelligent Crash Response System and a rigid safety cage. Available safety tech includes adaptive cruise control, front-assist and rear traffic alert, and the NHTSA gives the 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen a full five-star rating for overall safety.