Get the midlevel SE trim. The SE includes a sport-tuned suspension for better handling. Don’t bother about a stiff ride, though the SE remains relatively comfortable on the road. The SE can be an excellent bargain considering all the safety and tech equipment you get for the money. Finally, the SE can be obtained with a wide selection of options, in order to pick and choose those that are right for the budget.
Crossover SUVs may be all the rage, but there’s still something to be said for the tried-and-true midsize sedan. Exhibit A: the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance. Coming off a redesign just this past year, the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance is just a spacious, fuel-efficient sedan with plenty of standard safety equipment and a lot of options to select from.
As has been the case for a time, you can get the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance with a four-cylinder engine or even a better V6, or you can get the miserly Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance Hybrid. On the highway, the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance is comfortable and compliant. Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance also offers two sporty versions that infuse the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance with a little extra personality. Inside, the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance supplies a simple yet feature-packed cabin, especially if you go with one of the upper trim levels. There are many of options to choose from over the way.
The Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance can be as competent because they come. It’s well-priced overall, and modern feature content causes it to be supremely simple to drive. If you’re looking for something with a bit more class and space than the usual small sedan, the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance might just be the sedan for you.
The Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance is the base trim. It comes with a relatively light load of features which includes 16-inch steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a rearview camera, keyless entry, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, navigation (GPS Scout Link), Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa connectivity, one USB port, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker sound system.
Standard on every Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance Safety Sense, which is a suite of driver assistance features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alert with steering assistance, and automatic high beams.
On the next rung up the ladder is the LE.It adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding back seat and a vehicle alarm. For a sporty dynamic, look at the SE.It adds a sport-tuned suspension, revised steering calibration, 18-inch wheels, simulated-leather upholstery (SofTex) seats and paddle shifters.
You can think of the XLE and the XSE trim levels as versions of the LE and the SE, respectively, with a variety of additional comfort and convenience items. Highlights include larger wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, keyless ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, extra USB ports, a more impressive 8-inch touchscreen, and wireless smartphone charging.
Most of the features on the upper trim levels could be included with the reduced trim levels as options. Other notable options incorporate a sunroof, a JBL sound system combined with a built-in navigation system, a head-up display, and a top-down parking camera system.
As sedans go, the Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance stuff-hauling credentials are pretty solid. The cargo area is large and opens wide, plus the back seat is simple to fold down to match longer items. There are enough cabin storage options to make a lot of people happy. Loading a car seat is straightforward, too.
Cabin storage is good however, not stellar. The forward center console bin is ideal for concealing items but features a hard, slippery floor, so that they slide around noisily. The console bin at your elbow is really a decent size, and there are modest door pockets in the leading and rear that are good for small water bottles only.
The Volkswagen Golf Sportsvan Performance includes a large trunk, and the 60/40-split folding back seat with trunk-mounted release handles allow it to be easy to expand the space. Loading groceries or luggage is helped out by the wide opening and a low liftover height.
Child safety seat accommodation
It’s quite simple to mount a vehicle seat, with obvious and readily available lower anchors and package tray-mounted tether point, both under plastic covers. There’s enough space so your front seat need not be scooted all the way forward.