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'17 VW Golf Sportwagen TSI 4Motion S v VW Alltrack

Edmunds.com logo Edmunds.com 4/7/2017 Richard Walter

I had a 2015 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI SE 6-speed manual, which had a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry, keyless ignition, a premium sound system, fog lights, LED interior lighting, a lockable glovebox, three prong outlets, and leatherette seats - all these features are lacking from the 2017 VW Golf Sportwagen 4Motion S 6-speed manual that I just purchased to replace my TDI. I miss those features on my TDI - it made the TDI feel upscale. I had to special order my 2017 Sportwagen to get the manual shift, but it was worth it. Without a manual shift, I probably would not have gotten another VW to replace my TDI. There are things I like about my new Sportwagen such as it wasn't expensive relative to other cars in its class; it has all wheel drive, which did great on the interstate last week during a nor'easter of wet heavy snow; has a peppy engine; is fun to drive; has ample space; and has nice fit and finish. I don't like that it gets about 28 mpg in mixed driving which pales in comparison to my TDI that average 47 mpg; the cloth seats attract dog hair; no power seat; and the absence of the features that my TDI had. Other than that, it's a good car and I'm happy with the Sportwagen compared to other models available now because it's a manual shift wagon with a turbo. I am having trouble with the Apple CarPlay - toggling between it and the radio. I might have buyer's remorse that I didn't spring for the Golf Alltrack SE, because it does come with all the features I miss from my TDI and is available in a manual. Then again, it is more than $5,000 more than the Sportwagen... So in conclusion, if you want a Sportwagen with a manual and more bells and whistles go for the Alltrack SE.

Average Rating : 4

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