2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen


#2 out of 8 in 2015 Wagons

$12,927 - $18,976

2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen was new.


Interior: 7.8

The all-new 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen has a similar interior to the Golf hatchback, with premium materials like soft-touch dashboard trim and faux aluminum accents, critics report. They think the all-black interior is a bit drab, but some note that the available two-tone interior is more pleasant. According to auto writers, the Golf SportWagen has limited road noise, a roomy back seat and plenty of cargo space. Some reviewers complain that the standard touch screen is small and low-resolution compared to competitors’, and that the Golf SportWagen requires a proprietary adapter to connect with a smartphone or other USB device.

  • "Inside, things look pretty familiar to the current Golf family. There are small, premium touches such as a sporty, flat-ish-bottom wheel, piano-black trim, and an optional one-touch panoramic sunroof that makes the cabin a bright, airy, and pleasant place to be." -- Autoblog
  • The monotone black interior seems a bit somber, but also rich. The two-tone interior scheme -- depends on paint color -- is livelier. There are good soft-touch materials everywhere, given the starting price." -- AutoWeek
  • The interior has an upscale appearance, with pebble grain vinyl that's pleasant to the touch, if not exactly soft. The overall décor, gray and black, is a little somber but has the look of quality." -- Jean Knows Cars
  • "The SportWagen's interior is largely influenced and shared with the standard model Golf, except for the larger accommodations of the Wagen, er wagon. Conservative and well sorted in typical Teutonic fashion, with aluminum-like trim pieces that give it a more upscale feel, it includes soft touch material throughout and features a leather-wrapped steering wheel." -- Left Lane News


The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery. Available features include heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver seat. Reviewers write that the Golf SportWagen has a roomier rear seat than the Golf hatchback, which is already praised by most critics for its ample rear-seat space. Test drivers say the Golf SportWagen has almost as much rear-seat headroom as a compact SUV.

  • "The SportWagen distinguishes itself from other Golfs behind the front seats. There's a bit more headroom for rear passengers and almost as much as you'll find in the typical compact SUV." -- AutoWeek
  • The larger wagon body doesn't add any appreciable road noise, either." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen include a touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a smartphone adapter and satellite radio. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, push-button start, a Fender audio system, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, navigation and automatic climate control.

Critics like that VW kept frequently used controls separate from the touch screen in the Golf SportWagen. Test drivers note that the touch screen responds quickly to user inputs, and they say the navigation maps are easy to read. However, some think the screen is small and low-resolution compared to the touch screens in rival cars. Some reviewers also complain that the Golf SportWagen doesn't have a normal USB/smartphone input. Instead, you have to use a special adapter from VW.

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  • "With a mere 160 miles of wheel time split between myself and another journalist, I could delve deeply into the navigation system. From what I saw, the maps were easy to read and showed traffic flow and incidents. The screen proved responsive to touch commands, and even offered a little gesture sensitivity, the destination menu bar popping up when I moved my hand near." -- CNET
  • "The SportWagen's switch arrangement is excellent -- a simple, effective combination of touch controls on a 5.8-inch screen and direct buttons or knobs for frequently adjusted essentials. Even the upgrade automatic climate control keeps the knobs, rather than touch operation." -- AutoWeek
  • "Volkswagen still uses a proprietary setup to connect a smartphone instead of a standard USB port, and strangely, the dongle in the test cars Volkswagen provided was the old Apple 30-pin connector that's two years out of date. … the infotainment system's small screen is pretty low resolution by today's standards." -- Kelley Blue Book


The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen has 30.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seat and 66.5 cubic feet with its back seat folded. Both measurements are about average for a wagon, and they are excellent compared with the cargo capacities of most hatchbacks and many compact SUVs. Reviewers are impressed with the size of the Golf SportWagen's cargo area, and they like that the levers used to fold the rear seats are located near the hatch opening, which they say makes expanding the cargo area a snap. VW also included an under-floor storage compartment, which critics say can help you organize shopping bags and prevent them from falling over.

  • "The Golf SportWagen offers 30.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and that expands to 66.5 cubic feet with a quick tug of the new releases mounted in the cargo-area. Compare that to the standard Golf -- with 22.8 cubic feet, expanding to 52.7 cubic feet -- and you have a sizeable and useful bump in capacity." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As you'd expect, there's a lot more room for cargo than in the standard Golf-30.4-66.5 cubic feet versus 22.8-52.7-that tops some compact crossovers (like VW's Tiguan). Stealing another trick from those crossovers, the SportWagen now has rear seat release levers in the cargo area for easy seat folding and cargo loading." -- Motor Trend
  • "There's an SUV-like 66.5 cu ft. of cargo room available with the rear seat folded down, made easier with a pair of handy rear seatback releases just inside the rear hatch. Volkswagen also found a way to keep grocery bags from tipping over; the SportWagen's cargo floor flips up, revealing a deep well to corral the bags." -- AutoTrader

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