2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Priced From $22,215

Diesel-powered wagon starts at $25,415.

When it goes on sale this April, the new 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen will start at $22,215, including an $820 destination charge. The car, which was shown as a concept at last year's New York auto show, replaces the Jetta SportWagen and is based on the all-new, seventh-generation 2015 Volkswagen Golf hatchback.

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen will be offered with the same two basic engines as the Golf hatchback, a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-four gas engine rated for 170 hp, and a 2.0-liter turbodiesel rated for 150 hp. Volkswagen expects the gasoline model to return as much as 36 mpg on the highway, while the SportWagen TDI should return 43 mpg. That's compared to best figures of 37 mpg and 45 mpg, respectively, for those engines in the Golf hatchback.

The base version of the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is the TSI S, which features the 1.8-liter engine, a manual transmission, 15-inch alloy wheels, a touchscreen radio with Bluetooth and satellite radio, power windows, power door locks, and air conditioning. Adding a six-speed automatic transmission costs $1,100. The TSI SE trim level starts at $27,815 and comes only with an automatic transmission, as well as 17-inch wheels, push-button start, fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, a backup camera, and a Fender audio system. A $995 Lighting package adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights, while a $695 Driver Assistance package bundles forward collision warning and parking sensors. Finally, the SportWagen TSI SEL builds on the SE with 18-inch wheels, chrome roof rails, navigation, automatic climate control, a power driver's seat, and LED ambient interior lighting.

Buyers who want a diesel engine can pick between the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI S, SE, and SEL. All come standard with a six-speed manual transmission but offer a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic for $1,100. The TDI S comes standard with 16-inch wheels, push-button start, and a backup camera, and lists from $25,415. SE and SEL trim levels' equipment lists match those of the gasoline versions, and start at $28,815 and $31,165, respectively.

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen gives buyers considerably more space than the Golf hatchback. Cargo capacity is 30.4 cubic feet with the rear seats raised and 66.5 with them lowered -- up from 22.8/52.7 cubic feet in the hatchback version. Compared to the standard Golf, the SportWagen is 12.1 inches longer.

There aren't too many natura competitors for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. Its closest wagon rivals are the Subaru Impreza and the Subaru XV Crosstrek, but those models come standard with all-wheel drive and don't offer a diesel engine. Prices for the 2015 Subaru Impreza five-door range from $19,490 to $24,090, while the more crossover-like XV Crosstrek starts at $22,445 and runs to $30,145 for the Crosstrek hybrid. Volkswagen has indicated the SportWagen will be offered with all-wheel drive in the U.S. in the future, making the car an even closer rival to the Subaru models.

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