The 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen carries the unmistakable DNA of the Volkswagen Golf, with a shape and design elements that are defined and internationally-recognizable. Distinctive elements of the SportWagen, however, include a D-pillar, roof rails and a unique rear design that differentiate it from the Golf hatchback.
The front end features a hood that slopes down into the front fenders and sports angular horizontal design cues. An updated front grille, with upper chrome and lower chrome freshen the SportWagen look. At the back, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen features a wide rear window, new LED taillights and a wide, low tailgate that integrates the license plate. With a load height of just 24.8 inches and a wide aperture of 40.6 inches, the Golf SportWagen has been designed with maximum functionality in mind.
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is 179.6 inches long and 70.8 inches wide—dimensions that ensure sporty proportions and aerodynamic performance of the vehicle. Thanks to the MQB architecture, which dictates a fixed relationship between the front-wheel centerline and the pedal box, the front wheels sit forward, giving a premium “cab backward” aesthetic. Along with the styling, these updated proportions help the SportWagen achieve a lower visual center of gravity and a more dynamic stance.
The SportWagen S model is equipped with 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The SportWagen S 4Motion trim is shod with 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The SE trim has 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.
The upscale environment of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen cabin is largely shared with the Golf model, with increased interior space due to the wagon body style. Occupants are treated to 94.3 cu-ft of passenger area volume. Rear-seat leg- and shoulder room are 35.6 and 53.9 inches, respectively. Front seat passengers also benefit from the spacious SportWagen interior, with 41.2 inches of legroom and 55.9 inches across the shoulders. Both front and rear headroom are 38.6 inches.
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen has a spacious cargo hold that’s in line with those of compact SUVs. With the rear seats up, the SportWagen boasts 30.4 cu-ft of space: when the 60:40 split rear seat is fully folded, that figure rises to an enormous 66.5 cu-ft of storage. The split folding rear seats are accessed by release levers in the cargo area, helping to maximize convenience.
In addition to the expansive interior space, the driver controls are positioned to help optimize ergonomics and usability. The seat position, height of the shifter and the spacing between the pedals are fine-tuned for increased driver comfort. This driver-centric design focus is evident from the center stack, which is angled towards the driver, a feature frequently seen in premium luxury or performance vehicles. White backlighting for the controls further highlights this upscale ambience, as well as the use of premium materials throughout, such as the leather-wrapped handbrake, shifter knob and steering wheel, the soft-touch plastics and piano-black trim.
The entry-level S trim comes well equipped with a long list of modern comfort, convenience and entertainment features, including power windows and mirrors, a multifunction steering wheel, and rearview camera. The SE trim features KESSY® keyless entry with push-button start.
All 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen models feature VW innovative MIB II touchscreen infotainment system. The display utilizes a capacitive-touch sensor (as in smartphone and tablet technology) rather than the more common resistive touchscreens that require pressure, enabling gesture controls like swiping and even pinch-zooming.
The S and S 4Motion models are equipped with the Composition Color unit, which features a 6.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display. The infotainment system also offers SD card and USB (one port) multimedia interfaces, as well as a rearview camera and standard Bluetooth® technology for compatible devices. SE models are equipped with a glass-covered 8.0-inch capacitive touchscreen display. Composition Media units offer one USB ports, a JPEG viewer, SiriusXM® radio for a three month trial period, and HD Radio. It also has the ability to send and receive SMS text messages with Bluetooth with compatible phones and pair two phones simultaneously.
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen front-wheel-drive adopts the 1.4-liter four-cylinder EA211 TSI engine from the all-new 2019 Jetta. The 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine makes 147 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. As in the Jetta, the TSI engine is mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic in both S and SE trims.
The engine, internally coded EA211, features an air-to-water heat exchanger built directly into the intake module in place of an intercooler. The exhaust manifold is integrated into the head, reducing the distance that exhaust gases must travel to reach the turbocharger. This integration is designed to allow for faster response and catalytic converter light off. Valves work to regulate coolant flow into the head, which allows for rapid engine (and thus cabin) heating, as well as efficient cooling when the engine reaches normal operating temperature. Both the intake and the exhaust valves feature variable valve timing, which results in both improved low-rpm performance, as well as increased torque throughout the rev range. A relatively high 10:1 compression ratio further helps the engine’s efficiency, yet it still takes regular (87 octane) gasoline.
A Start/Stop System is standard on automatic-transmission front-wheel-drive models. This technology stops the engine during idle when the brake pedal is held (such as when waiting at a red light). When the brake pedal is released, the engine restarts.
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen S 4Motion features a compact turbocharged and direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder EA888 TSI gasoline engine. It produces 168 horsepower at 4,500 rpm, and torque peaks at 199 pound-feet, with the broad torque band starting at 1,600 rpm and lasting until 4,400 rpm. Golf SportWagen S 4Motion models are mated to either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic.
Front-wheel-drive models equipped with the six-speed manual achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 29 mpg in city driving, 37 mpg on the highway, and 32 in combined driving. Front-wheel-drive models equipped with the optional eight-speed automatic are rated at 27 mpg in city driving, 36 mpg on the highway, and 31 in combined driving. 4Motion models equipped with the optional six-speed DSG automatic are rated at 22 mpg in city driving, 29 mpg on the highway, and 24 in combined driving.
4MOTION ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE SYSTEM
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen S can be equipped with the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. The latest-generation 4Motion system is activated before wheelspin occurs, helping eliminate traction losses. The system achieves this by using an advanced control function based on specific driving conditions. When operating under a relatively low load or when coasting, the front wheels are driven and the rear wheels are decoupled, helping to save fuel. However, the rear wheels can be engaged in fractions of a second whenever necessary via the center differential, which is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.
A control unit continually calculates the ideal drive torque for the rear wheels and controls how much the multi-plate clutch should be closed by activating the oil pump. The oil pressure increases the contact pressure at the clutch plates in proportion to the torque desired at the rear axle. So, the amount of pressure applied to the clutch plates can be used to continuously vary the amount of torque going between the front and rear wheels, up to a maximum of 50 percent at the rear axle.
In addition to the center differential that acts longitudinally, electronic differential locks that are a function of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system act laterally. The system can briefly brake a wheel that is slipping, enabling uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side.
To help protect occupants, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It features six airbags as standard (front and side airbags for front passengers and side curtain airbags for outboard seating positions), along with a number of electronic safety systems, such as an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
A standard feature on the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System helps address this, in certain crash scenarios, by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus potentially reducing residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.
The 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen also includes VW Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions. All SportWagen models feature a standard rearview camera.