2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen technology and features
You may be thinking the SportWagen is a name that attempts to hide the ultimately un-sporty fact that it is a station wagon. We’re not sure if that’s what the people over at VW were thinking, but with cargo capacity similar to what can be found in some SUVs, maybe it makes more sense than it appears at first. For families, it’s a practical model that can fit up to five, with 30.4 cubic feet of cargo space to spare. Having just been redesigned under the Golf nameplate last year, the model hasn’t changed much when it comes to style, but the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen technology and features have gone through serious upgrades.
A USB port? Say it isn’t so! Honestly, if this was the only upgrade we would hardly have an excuse to write anything about the SportWagen at all, but why not start off with the smaller details? To be fair, replacing the MDI port with a USB is a move that, well, should have been made a long time ago. We can’t think of anyone who wants to buy a special adapter just to charge a mobile device, so this one really is a long time coming.
Of course, the MIB II infotainment system is the biggest piece of news when it comes to a tech upgrade. Last year VW was slightly behind the times, with a screen that didn’t quite match with the larger (and larger) sizes that consumers want. The 2016 Golf SportWagen comes standard with the larger of the MIB II options, a 6.5-inch capacitive screen. A faster processor, higher resolution and improved graphics all combine to create a vastly improved system.
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With the new infotainment platform comes the App-Connect features, which bring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink into the SportWagen for the first time. This means a variety of phone apps can be used right through the head unit, including radio and navigation. Say goodbye to an annoying learning curve as you try to figure out a new system while driving, as use will feel much like the phone you’re already accustomed to.
The starting MSRP for the base S trim level with a manual transmission is $21,625, which is a slight increase compared to the previous model year. Aside from new infotainment, a rearview camera has been added as a standard feature, making rear visibility better than ever. Standard features should otherwise remain the same, including heated side mirrors, black roof rails, the VW Car-Net connected suite and a multi-function steering wheel.
It’s easy to see for yourself what changes have been made to the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. Stop by Trend Motors to check out this practical option. Remember, we’re frequently updating the Trend Motors Blog with information on new models, VW news and all the latest features, so check back here often for more.