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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).

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

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.

Pricing & Release Date

The updated 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen will hit showrooms in the fall of 2017.

With its mild tweaks, we don’t expect any major price changes, but we could see a mild uptick from the current model’s range of $23,500-$30,790 (destination fees included).

In terms of deals, Volkswagen is generous with its deals on the current Golf SportWagen, including a $1,000 conquest bonus, 0.9 percent APR, and an unadvertised incentive. These deals will likely be available on the 2018 model at some point.

Competition for the Golf SportWagen is very slim and includes the Subaru Outback, the Buick Regal TourX, and to some extent the Toyota Prius v.

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Pictured: 2018 Golf SportWagen

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

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