2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Just when it seems the automotive business has lost its means with ridiculous horsepower or a crossover for each countryman, a easy automobile emerges. For over 50 years, this automotive has been the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen .
Typically derided by enthusiasts as appliances, the no-frills commuter car gets the vast majority of customers the place they want to go in the method they want to get there, safely and at a worth. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen does it even higher.
Exhibit A that the automotive trade has gotten a bit nuts: the common transaction value for a brand new vehicle is greater than $37,000, in keeping with Kelley Blue Ebook. Straightforward guilty the automakers on this period of no accountability but we are those paying these large costs for big autos loaded with stuff we don’t use all that a lot.
For slightly below $23,000, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen puts every dollar to useful use.
Although it rides on a brand new platform, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen blends in unremarkably like a ballcap at a baseball sport. On closer inspection, the Hybrid will get blue accents around the badging, 15-inch wheels with low resistance tires, and it appears extra composed than the youthful outgoing mannequin that tried too arduous to be completely different. The Fu Manchu entrance fascia is more streamlined and less angry, and the entire look is smoother front to back. However still, the one time the four-door compact turns heads is when it makes that whir-whir-whir lunar landing gear sound when creeping at low speeds or in reverse in EV mode.
The first-ever 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen in the US is constructed on Toyota’s twenty years of success with hybrid powertrains. It uses the same Hybrid Synergy Drive as the present Prius, with two motors and an efficient 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Whole output with the fixed ratio transmission is 121 horsepower to the entrance wheels. The system uses exhaust heat to warm engine coolant and get the engine heated faster. The cabin heats faster, too, which could be important for cold-weather shoppers wary of the cold range loss in a plug-in hybrid or electric car.
In Sport mode it doesn’t drag as much as the Prius. Anticipating nothing, it has a shocking bit of pop. Extra importantly, it’s rated at 53 mpg metropolis, 52 mpg combined, same as hybrid variations of the Honda Insight, Toyota Camry and even the Prius. For conventional hybrids without a plug, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen trails solely the Hyundai Ioniq’s 58 mpg.
Round town, with the electronically controlled brake set in the drive mode, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen averaged greater than 57 mpg in our week around city. Setting EV mode helps conserve energy underneath low throttle as much as about 20 mph, and then again at cruising speeds of about 40 mph, so long as there’s enough charge in the battery.
The battery is located beneath the rear seat, so you don’t lose a lot cargo room. 60/40 rear seats fold flat for a good load ground. Rear seat room is sufficient sufficient to suit two teenagers, and overall it felt roomy sufficient for a household of 4.
The one trim within the Hybrid comes commonplace with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, with automatic emergency braking, lane centering, adaptive cruise management that works each at highway cruising speeds and in commuter traffic from 24 mph right down to a cease. It also comes with the eight-inch contact display with Apple CarPlay, and a seven-inch cluster display to remain competitive.
Priced at solely $3,000 greater than the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen and $1,200 less than a similarly equipped Honda Insight (EX trim), the 2019 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen is the perfectly practical, remarkably cheap around-town car.
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