2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Highline – review

2015 Volkswagen Golf Wagon Highline

2015 Volkswagen Golf Wagon Highline

Let’s just forget about Volkswagen’s current ‘troubles’ worldwide regarding the company’s much used diesel passenger car engines.

We recently tested a 2015 Golf Sportwagen fitted with Volkswagen’s excellent 170 horsepower 1.8-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine, and we loved it.

The current rage in North America (and it seems in Europe too, where we visited recently) is for crossover sport utility vehicles.  There’s a good reason why CUVs are attractive.

Drivers like their typical high ‘command seating’ view of the road, they offer plenty of space for hauling stuff, and they’re reasonably fuel efficient.

The poor stationwagon seems to have gotten lost in consumers’ minds these days, and that’s a shame.  Stationwagons tend to be lighter and have sportier handling than their CUV counterparts, and although their length and width may be the same as some CUVs, wagons often ‘feel’ smaller to drive.  That’s a big advantage in most urban driving.

We didn’t have time to put that many miles on our 2015 Sportwagen, but let’s say it’s a typical Volkswagen.  That means if you value a responsive chassis with firm, sporty handling, the elegant, clean looks of European interior design, and a handsome exterior styling, the Golf Sportwagen won’t disappoint.

typical Volkswagen instrumentation - elegantly simple and legible

typical Volkswagen instrumentation – elegantly simple and legible

2015 Golf Sportwagen second row seats fold almost flat

2015 Golf Sportwagen second row seats fold almost flat

Our demo unit was a top-of-the range Highline model, fitted with Volkswagen’s superb dual-clutch automatic transmission.  With the base 170 horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the car has plenty of power for enjoyable daily driving, and the transmission is quick, smooth shifting and to my thinking, is a better choice than the lower priced ($31,795) FIVE-speed manual transmission.

We really like the Golf Sportwagen and highly recommend it.  If we were in the market for such a vehicle, we’d take a close look at the slightly less expensive Subaru Impreza 5-door (wagon); with automatic transmission and CVT automatic transmission, the 2016 model is priced at $31,311 and offers the advantage of full-time all-wheel-drive.

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen with 1.8-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed DCT automatic transmission starts at $33,195.

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