2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen – Practicality and Performance. 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen – Drive and Exterior.
The 2018 Golf SportWagen is available in three trims—S, SE and SEL. Visually refreshed front and rear, all Golf models feature newly-designed LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) and striking LED taillights. The S trim adds automatic headlights with rain-sensing wipers as standard equipment for model year 2018, as well as a 6.5-inch Composition Color touchscreen infotainment display.
The Golf SportWagen SE trim now sits on 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels and adds an 8-inch Composition Media touchscreen infotainment display. Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert are now standard driver assistance features. Pedestrian Monitoring will be added mid-model year.
The Golf SportWagen SEL now rides on newly-designed 17-inch “Karlskoga” aluminum-alloy wheels, features a new 8-inch Discover Media infotainment and navigation display, and adds an auto-dimming interior rearview mirror. New driver assistance features include Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
For the 2018 model year, Volkswagen Golf SportWagen models in the United States will come with the People First Warranty, a six-year or 72,000-mile (whichever occurs first) bumper-to-bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty, which can be transferred to subsequent owners throughout its duration.
The Golf SportWagen features a compact turbocharged and direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder EA888 TSI® gasoline engine. It produces 170 horsepower at 4,500 rpm, and with an automatic transmission, torque peaks at 199 pound-feet (184 pound-feet with a manual transmission) with the broad torque band starting at 1,600 rpm and lasting until 4,400 rpm. The TSI engine is mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission in front-wheel-drive models. Golf SportWagen models with 4Motion are mated to either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed DSG® automatic transmission with Tiptronic®.
EPA-estimated fuel economy is currently pending EPA certification, but front-wheel-drive models equipped with the five-speed manual are expected to be rated around 25 mpg in city driving and 35 mpg on the highway. Front-wheel-drive models equipped with the optional six-speed automatic are expected to be rated around 24 mpg in city driving and 33 mpg on the highway.
4Motion models equipped with the six-speed manual are expected to be rated around 22 mpg in city driving and 32 mpg on the highway. Front-wheel-drive models equipped with the optional six-speed automatic are expected to be rated around 22 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway. These estimates are preliminary, and official EPA estimates will be available later this Fall.