Volkswagen Golf R vs Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

2022 Volkswagen Golf R
2022 Volkswagen Golf R
$44,090MSRP
Overview
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2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
$21,895MSRP
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2022 Volkswagen Golf R
$44,090MSRP
Overview
Overview
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2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
$21,895MSRP
Overview
Overview
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Overview

MSRP

$44,090

MSRP

$21,895

Average price

$30,069

Average price

$14,462

Listings

708

Listings

700
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

8.2 out of 10

Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Standard all-wheel drive
Cons
  • Uninspired styling
  • Unintuitive technology
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
  • Fairly pedestrian performance

Reviews Summary

Volkswagen may have discontinued the standard Golf in the United States but the Germans let us keep its performance variants. The rally-inspired Golf R returns for the 2022 model year after a short hiatus, alongside a redesigned Golf GTI. The all-new, eighth-generation Golf R brings high-end performance and premium amenities without being snobby about it.

Reviews Summary

What defines a “Sport Utility Vehicle”? Common knowledge dictates what an SUV is supposed to look like, but SUVs and crossovers don't hold a monopoly on the vehicular attribute of utility. Case in point: the station wagon.

Truthfully, most modern crossovers are just high-riding wagons and hatchbacks. The only real advantages they offer are a higher ride height, higher seating position, and all-wheel drive (and even that isn’t always a given). Cars like the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR are available with only front-wheel-drive, and when compared to a vehicle like the 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, you have to wonder what added utility those cars really offer.

VW calls the SportWagen the “Sportier Utility Vehicle.” It's hard to argue with that point, and the SportWagen is a serious alternative to your typical crossover—especially if you care about driving dynamics.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.0L 315 hp I4

Engine

1.4L 147 hp I4

Drive Train

AWD

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

315 hp @ 5900 rpm

Horsepower

147 hp @ 5000 rpm

MPG City

20

MPG City

29

MPG Highway

28

MPG Highway

37
2022 Volkswagen Golf R
2022 Volkswagen Golf R
$44,090MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
$21,895MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2022 Volkswagen Golf R
$44,090MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen
$21,895MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$44,090
$21,895
Average price
$30,069
$14,462
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.7
4.7
Expert reviews

8.2 out of 10

Read full review

8.0 out of 10

Read full review
Pros & cons
Pros
  • Fun to drive
  • Standard all-wheel drive
Cons
  • Uninspired styling
  • Unintuitive technology
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Excellent value for money
Cons
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
  • Fairly pedestrian performance
Summary
Volkswagen may have discontinued the standard Golf in the United States but the Germans let us keep its performance variants. The rally-inspired Golf R returns for the 2022 model year after a short hiatus, alongside a redesigned Golf GTI. The all-new, eighth-generation Golf R brings high-end performance and premium amenities without being snobby about it.

What defines a “Sport Utility Vehicle”? Common knowledge dictates what an SUV is supposed to look like, but SUVs and crossovers don't hold a monopoly on the vehicular attribute of utility. Case in point: the station wagon.

Truthfully, most modern crossovers are just high-riding wagons and hatchbacks. The only real advantages they offer are a higher ride height, higher seating position, and all-wheel drive (and even that isn’t always a given). Cars like the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR are available with only front-wheel-drive, and when compared to a vehicle like the 2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, you have to wonder what added utility those cars really offer.

VW calls the SportWagen the “Sportier Utility Vehicle.” It's hard to argue with that point, and the SportWagen is a serious alternative to your typical crossover—especially if you care about driving dynamics.

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.0L 315 hp I4
1.4L 147 hp I4
Drive Train
AWD
FWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
315 hp @ 5900 rpm
147 hp @ 5000 rpm
MPG City
20
29
MPG Highway
28
37
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