2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen


#2 out of 8 in 2017 Wagons

$15,540 - $22,169

2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen was new.


Interior: 8.1

Most elements of the 2017 Golf SportWagen's interior are upscale and comparable to the quality you typically find in more expensive cars. The Alltrack's cabin has unique styling touches, though some critics aren’t fond of the faux aluminum accents used throughout. Make your way to the back of the Alltrack's cabin, and there are also disappointing hard plastic materials. The Golf SportWagen and Alltrack come equipped with a good amount of technology, including a pop-up rearview camera and a touch-screen infotainment system. The front seats offer excellent comfort and are supportive. The back seats have good head- and legroom, but the seat cushions are positioned too low for some passengers. The Golf SportWagen and Alltrack have two of the roomiest cargo holds in the class.

  • "Like the rest of the current-generation Golf family, the 2017 Golf SportWagen gets high marks for its interior. Materials use and fit and finish all look like they're from a higher class of car." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Alltrack gets special interior trim as well, including aluminum-look pedals and distinctive leatherette upholstery." -- Consumer Guide
  • Materials on the Alltrack's doors and dash are quite good, although we're not huge fans of the fake aluminum trim. Things get a little lower rent the farther you move back, with the Alltrack's rear doors employing hard plastics that aren't as pleasing to the touch." -- Left Lane News


The 2017 VW Golf SportWagen has seating for five on cloth upholstery. Available seating amenities include leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, upgraded front seats with additional side support, and a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat. The Golf Alltrack comes standard with leatherette upholstery and heated front seats.

The Golf SportWagen's seats are arguably some of the most comfortable in the segment, and they have good bolstering to keep you planted when cornering. Headroom and legroom are good for tall folks in the rear seats. However, some may find those seats to be mounted a bit too low, which may put rear passengers' knees into a potentially uncomfortable position. 

The SportWagen has a full set of LATCH connectors in the rear outboard seats and one tether anchor in the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has yet to determine the rating for the 2017 SportWagen's LATCH system.

  • "Inside the seats are easily best-in-class. Volkswagen already does this very well, and all its cars default with ample side support during sportier driving, which is atypical for a midsize $25- to $30,000 crossover." -- Autoblog
  • "Comfortable seating includes the rear seats, which offer decent legroom and headroom, even for taller passengers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The [Alltrack] seating is comfortable as well, with ample legroom and standard leatherette throughout the cabin." -- Autotrader

Interior Features

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen comes with satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a rearview camera, and a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system with smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

Optional features include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, navigation, a Fender premium audio system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, active parallel park assist, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.

The Golf Alltrack has the same standard and optional features, but it's also available with adaptive headlights.

Reviewers appreciate that the Golf SportWagen comes standard with a rearview camera and smartphone integration. The rearview camera, instead of being fixed, pops out of the tailgate when the car is in reverse. While some critics appreciate that this feature can help keep the camera lens clean, others find the sound it makes annoying. The 2017 Golf SportWagen's audio and climate controls and knobs are straightforward and easy to use.

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  • "Golf's great buttons-and-knobs control layout is joined by standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink cell-phone integration." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A backup camera is also standard and is hidden beneath the rear hatch VW logo, pivoting the badge out of the way when you put the car in reverse, and then disappearing like a scared groundhog into its cubby when you switch to a forward gear. This may seem overly complex but it's a good thing, since it prevents the camera lens from getting covered with grime." -- Autoblog
  • "One annoyance we discovered was the noise of the rear-view camera popping out of the VW logo on the tailgate every time the vehicle was shifted into reverse; we'd gladly trade the concealed camera for a fixed unit that didn't make an unpleasant thunk every time the gear lever is put into reverse." -- Left Lane News


The 2017 Golf SportWagen has 30.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 66.5 cubic feet with them folded down. That's more storage space than most wagons have. In fact, the Golf SportWagen's cargo capacity is more comparable with those of compact SUVs. The back seats are easy to fold nearly flat, and the under-floor storage compartment comes in handy when you want to keep your goods out of sight.

The 2017 Golf Alltrack has the same cargo dimensions, as well as standard roof racks for larger sporting equipment or luggage.

  • "The cargo area is spacious, and the rear seat backs fold level with the cargo floor and nearly flat. Total cargo volume lags that of the top-selling compact SUV, but not by much." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 2017 Alltrack boasts over 30 cubic feet of room with the rear seats up, and 66.5 with them folded. That's more than some small SUVs, including Volkswagen's own Tiguan." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The rear of the Alltrack features a robust 30.4 cu ft. of space behind the rear seats and a whopping 66.5 cu ft. with the rear seats folded down. If that's not enough space for your gear, the standard roof racks allow for even more capacity. Given the fairly low roof height of 59.7 inches, loading and unloading kayaks or other gear to and from the roof rack should be no problem for most average-sized adults." -- Autotrader

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