Since debuting in 2015, the Golf SportWagen has undergone a handful of updates. For 2018, it will undergo a few more changes including new lighting, an updated infotainment system, new options, and some updated technology.
The overall appearance of the 2018 Golf SportWagen will remain unchanged in the new model year, but there are a few small updates. On the base S trim, VW will add new LED taillights and daytime running lights, and automatic wipers. The SE trim will gain new 16-inch wheels, while the SEL trim will get new 17-inch wheels and fog lights. Otherwise, the 2018 SportWagen will be virtually indistinguishable from the current model.
Inside, the general looks of the SportWagen will carry over without any changes, but like the exterior, there are a few mild updates. The most noticeable update will be the new standard 6.5-inch Composition Color infotainment system, which will replace the dated 5-inch system on the base S trim.
In the SE, the SportWagen will add a new 8-inch touchscreen Composition Media system. The SEL trim will add the 8-inch touchscreen to its Discover Media Navigation system, and it’ll gain a new auto-dimming rearview mirror.
Under its hood, all will remain the same. The SportWagen will continue with its 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and up to 199 pound-feet of torque (184 lb-ft with the standard manual transmission).
Transmission options will continue to include a standard five-speed manual and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. The SportWagen will again be available with standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.
Safety is not a problem in the current SportWagen, as the IIHS rates it a Top Safety Pick. It missed the Top Safety Pick Plus rating only due to the “Poor” rating its headlights received. There are no changes in store in the area of safety for the 2018 model, so its ratings will likely continue unchanged.
Expect a full review closer to launch.