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Rankings & Research

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Wagons category. Currently the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen has a score of 7.8 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 15 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.8

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: N/A
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Review

The new-for-2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen sits near the middle of our rankings, though it has plentiful passenger room and is one of the best-handling cars in its class.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Roomy back seat
  • Large cargo area
  • Drab interior
  • Small, low-resolution infotainment system
  • Requires special USB/smartphone adapter

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Overview

Is the 2015 Volkswagen SportWagen a Good Used Wagon?

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is a good used wagon. It offers lithe handling and comfortable, roomy seats for every passenger. It also has ample cargo space for a quick grocery run or a family road trip. However, its interior design is dull compared to some rivals, and competitors have higher-quality infotainment screens.  

Used 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Performance and Interior

The base 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 170 horsepower. The Golf SportWagen has a great balance of ride comfort and nimble handling. Steering is precise, and its brakes are strong. Acceleration is sufficient, but the engine can feel strained on the highway when the car is loaded down with people or cargo. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic is available. Availability for TDI diesel models might be limited due to a previous Volkswagen emissions scandal. With its automatic transmission, the Golf SportWagen gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

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The 2-row, five-seat Golf SportWagen’s interior is filled with soft-touch materials, but its overall appearance is a bit dull compared to rivals like the Subaru Outback. The Golf SportWagen has plenty of rear-seat room, so passengers should be more than comfortable on long drives. Its cargo area has adequate space, and rear-seat release levers are conveniently placed on the inside of the hatch. Its infotainment system is user-friendly, but some rival system’s screens are bigger and have sharper resolutions. There also isn’t a normal USB input; instead, you have to plug in your smartphone or any other USB device via a special adapter. There are two full LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has a top tether anchor.

Standard features include leatherette seats, partial power-adjustable front seats, a Car-Net emergency telematics system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 5.8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, voice control, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. Optional features include dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, push-button start, and an upgraded Fender audio system.

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Used 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Prices

Used 2015 Golf SportWagens range from about $15,400 for the base trim to roughly $21,300 for the SEL trim with an automatic transmission. Exact prices vary based on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 11 Reviews Analyzed

We researched 11 Golf SportWagen reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more to make your car-buying experience easier.

Why You Can Trust Us

The Best Cars editorial team has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined, and U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we do not accept expensive gifts from automakers, and a third party manages the ads on our site.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen?

The 2015 Golf SportWagen’s predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates is about average for the class.

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How Safe Is the Golf SportWagen?

The 2015 Golf SportWagen earned the highest score of Good in all Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, and it was named a Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not conduct crash tests for the 2015 model.

Available active safety features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, and front and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used Golf SportWagen?

The 2015 Golf SportWagen replaced the Jetta SportWagen. It is part of a generation that began with the 2015 model year and includes the 2017 Golf SportWagen. For the 2016 model year, Volkswagen added an updated infotainment system, a standard USB port, a rearview camera, and new driver assistance features. If you’ve got a little extra cash, the 2016 model might be worth the investment.

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Which Used Golf SportWagen Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen comes in three trims: S, SE, and SEL. The SE model is your best option. It has standard features like leatherette upholstery and partial power-adjustable front seats, as well as features not standard in the base trim, like a rearview camera, push-button start, and an upgraded Fender audio system.

You might wish to buy a certified pre-owned vehicle. Volkswagen provides a two-year/24,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles. Each CPO Volkswagen must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

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2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen or 2015 Volkswagen Golf?

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf and SportWagen both have the same average reliability rating and similar handling capabilities. The Golf’s interior is spacious for a compact car, but the Golf SportWagen still has more space. Both cars suffer from a small infotainment screen. If you don’t need the extra space, go with the Golf; it will cost you less.

Which Is Better: 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen or 2015 Subaru Outback?

The Subaru Outback – which was redesigned for 2015 – has an above-average reliability rating, a top-notch interior, and more cargo space than most competitors. It comes standard with all-wheel drive (not offered in the Golf SportWagen) to provide outstanding all-weather traction. Its base engine is underpowered, while the Golf SportWagen’s base engine has sufficient power. Both cars feel taxed going up hills when fully loaded with cargo or passengers. Unlike the Golf SportWagen, the Outback has an optional six-cylinder engine for a little more muscle. All in all, the Outback is the better-rounded car. 

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