Volkswagen’s new Golf SportWagen Limited Edition could be a great option for customers who want the latest safety systems but can give up a few frills for a lower price. The model starts as the longroof’s base S trim and adds standard Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, and Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking. The tech bundle isn’t usually available on the S version, and the optional package would push an SE to over $29,000 (after $820 in destination fees). However, the Limited Edition goes for $25,815.
In addition to the standard safety tech, the Limited Edition takes a few more features from the SE trim: a panoramic sunroof, 17-inch wheels, chrome window details, heated washer nozzles, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, and push-button start. As a compromise between the S and SE, the Limited doesn’t get the higher version’s fog lights, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and Fender stereo. It still seems like a good amount of equipment for the money, though. Power comes from the 1.8-liter TSi engine with 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic.
We found the Golf SportWagen to be an extremely useful vehicle after our time with one. The rear has a ton of room for hauling, and the combination a low load height and wide hatch opening make it easy to put stuff inside. The cabin to also has quality fit and finish for the segment. If you’re looking for something different than the usual crossover, the SportWagen might be a model to consider.