2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 4MOTION
Pros : All-weather certainty, crossover utility, athletic bodies, cheap
Cons : Sober indoor design, low fuel economy, AWD available on base S trim
With the emergence of the crossover SUV car, the station wagon has had a rigid moment maintaining friction in the mart. Masses want a high-riding chairing point, accessible all-wheel ride and venue for all the supplements of a progressive manner, without releasing style. Since it regenerated the Jetta wagon for 2015, the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen has analyzed some of those containers but for 2017 it adds another feature to its database all-wheel drive as well as the higher-riding Alltrack model.
Previously limited to the European marketplace, the SportWagen 4MOTION is now entering North American panopticons acknowledgments to a reorganizing of Volkswagen’s automaking plant in Pueblo, Mexico, allowing it to stir out both front- and all-wheel drive deviations. The AWD system utilizes an electronic coupler to move up to 50 proportion of accessible force to the back shaft when it awarenesses or predicts front-wheel slip. While it’s certainly not assembled for rock-crawling in Moab, it should be more than able of confronting a covered commute or the long, steeply been rock street to your woods compartment.
Distinct valve signals were met with assured forward motion, even on the slipperiest anchorages. In its absence front-wheel-ride method, the Golf SportWagen steers much like its hatchback. It’s cozy, well-planted, and athletic. Propel the SportWagen into a venue and the more weight it carries both in the AWD system and in the more body behind its back shaft is barely found. Increasing AWD and switching from the standard SportWagen’s six-speed auto transmission to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission increases weight by a more 94 pounds over the last front-wheel- drive Golf SportWagen. Midcorner steadiness is just as good, and this 4MOTION-equipped SportWagen outgripped the front-wheel-ride deviation on our skidpad by 0.03 g, moving 0.85 g. Despite the weight penalty, all-wheel ride also merits acceleration. The SportWagen 4MOTION supervised a run from zero to 60 mph in 7.0 seconds, 0.8 ordinal ahead of its front-wheel-ride equivalent. It made it through the quarter-mile in 15.5 seconds, which is 0.4 ordinal fast than its FWD horse but at the same 89 mph device speed. Approval the 4MOTION system’s quick-acting coupler for increasing friction and the dual-clutch transmission’s launch control function for making the champion use of the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder’s 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque.
While front-wheel-ride SportWagens get a conventional force-converter automatic, the 4MOTION versions use the quick-shifting dual-clutch