2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen


#3 out of 6 in Wagons

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2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Interior Review


Interior: 7.9

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen looks good inside, and it features higher-quality materials than you'd expect for its price point. The front seats are roomy and comfortable, but the rear seats only provide middling space for adults to get comfortable. Cargo space is above average for the class. The infotainment system is easy to use, but it occasionally responds slowly to inputs.

  • "The SportWagen's dashboard is lifted directly from the regular Golf, so it's stylish in a restrained way, with the quality of materials higher than normal for this price range." -- AutoTrader
  • "Similarly impressive – and line-wide – is the interior material choice and general execution, both of which belie the car's relatively low price." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The premium materials and a conservative design make this wagon seem more entry-luxury than economy compact." -- Edmunds


The SportWagen seats five. It comes standard with cloth upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, and front sport seats are available. The Golf Alltrack comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats.

The seats in the SportWagen are generally supportive and comfortable. The front seats provide an abundance of head- and legroom, as well as good visibility. The rear seats aren't as spacious as those in some rivals, but they can accommodate adults on shorter trips. The low cushion height of the rear seats may cause problems for taller riders.

The SportWagen has a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and one tether anchor on the rear middle seat. The system is mostly easy to use, though there are a couple of issues. The middle tether anchor is hard to find, and the lower anchors are tough to maneuver around.

  • There's adequate legroom for four six-footers inside the SportWagen, but the second-row seat cushion is mounted low to the floor, so tall passengers won't be comfortable on long trips. Kids or other short-statured folk will be perfectly comfortable no matter where they sit. The beige cloth seats in the base, S-trim SportWagen we tested were so comfortable and attractive that we wonder whether the faux-leather seating surfaces in other models are worth the cost. …" -- Car and Driver
  • The seating in the rear is a bit lacking compared to the back seats of some roomy small crossovers or a bigger wagon such as the Subaru Outback. But there's plenty of space for the front passengers." -- Edmunds
  • Visibility is good all around, though the side pillars block some over-the-shoulder view. The center rear-seat headrest can be lowered to overlap the seat back to clear the view directly behind. A huge amount of headroom and legroom is offered up front, though if you take full advantage of the latter, legroom in the rear seat is significantly compromised. We managed to squeeze three adults in back, but shoulder room was too tight for long-trip comfort, and a large center floor hump made for meager center-seater foot space." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Standard features in the SportWagen include a rearview camera and the MIB II infotainment system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and phone connectivity through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Volkswagen Car-Net.

Available features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and an upgraded MIB II system with an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, and HD Radio. Alltrack models also offer navigation, an eight-speaker Fender audio system, and an off-road monitor, which shows data like altitude, steering wheel angle, and more.

Available active safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control. Golf Alltrack models also offer front and rear parking sensors and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

Using the MIB II infotainment system is mostly a breeze. The controls are easy to see and reach from the driver's seat, and it's helpful to have physical controls in addition to the touch screen. The only real drawback is that the system is slow to respond to inputs.

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  • "Another SportWagen advantage – shared with most other Volkswagens – is its control layout. Both audio and climate controls are easy to decipher and use, something that's too often not the case these days." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The controls are well-placed and labeled for ease of use, and the gauges are straightforward and easy to read. Nothing fancy, just strong fundamentals." -- Edmunds
  • Volkswagen's touchscreen infotainment system is attractive, easy to use, and now offers important features as standard, but it's also s-l-o-w." -- Car and Driver (2018)


The Golf SportWagen has 30.4 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up and 66.5 cubic feet with them folded down. Those are good totals for a wagon, particularly with all seats in use. Even some small SUVs don't have this much cargo space.

The rear seats fold down easily, and they lie nearly flat, giving you an even cargo floor. There's also a rear-seat pass-through for hauling long, narrow items. And unlike many vehicles, the SportWagen comes standard with roof rails. There's an under-floor storage compartment, which comes in handy when you want to keep your goods out of sight, and there's also plenty of small-item storage space in the cabin.

  • "Cabin storage space is quite good, highlighted by a large glovebox, covered forward console bin, handy flip-down left-side dash bin, and large map pockets in the doors. But the SportWagen's real raison d'etre – and strongest selling point – is its cargo space. At 66.5 cu. ft. with the rear seat folded, the SportWagen's capacity falls between that of most subcompact and compact crossovers, trading cargo-area height for length. There's also some 'unofficial' under-floor storage space in the center of the spare tire, and the rear seat backs – which can be released both from inside and with levers in the cargo compartment – offer a large ski pass-through." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The second-row seats fold nearly flat in a one-handed, one-step motion. There's a slight slope to the floor even with the seats fully folded, but that didn't stop us from loading 20 carry-on bags into the space behind the front seats. Perhaps more impressive is that we fit nine bags behind the second row, more than twice as many as fit in the cargo hold of a Kia Soul and more than any other car tested here except the Subaru Outback." -- Car and Driver (2018)
  • "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 (2017)
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