2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

Combining the flexibility of an SUV and the maneuverability of a car, a wagon can provide drivers with just the right balance of cargo room and comfort. But how do you know which one is right for you?

In this vehicle comparison, we’ll look at the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen and the Subaru Outback to see how these two vehicles measure up.

Introducing the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen Interior

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen offers drivers a versatile interior, powerful driving assistance, and responsive performance all while keeping the overall vehicle size relatively compact. In total, the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is 179.6 inches long, 70.8 inches wide, and 58.3 inches tall, with 66.5 cubic feet of cargo room.

The 60/40-split folding rear seat features durable release levers for easy expansion of your cargo room, while the standard roof rails can be used to help you move larger cargo such as bikes or a kayak.

The 1.8-liter turbocharged engine provides 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. Because of its turbocharge and other technologies, this four-cylinder engine can provide powerful performance while remaining remarkably efficient.

In terms of technology, drivers will enjoy a standard rearview camera and an available 6.5-inch touchscreen navigation system. Plus the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen features an available driver assistance package, which includes six helpful technologies to improve driver safety. These systems are Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Park Distance Control.

2016 Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback has a lot in common with the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen. However, the Subaru rival is considerably larger, measuring in at 189.6 inches long, 72.4 inches wide, and 66.1 inches tall. Similar to the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, the 2016 Subaru Outback features a 60/40-split rear seat with release levers and standard roof rails for additional cargo.

Under the hood, three out of four Subaru Outback trim levels come equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. However, despite being larger than the Volkswagen engine, the Subaru four-cylinder is only capable of 174 lb-ft of torque.

As far as technology goes, the 2016 Subaru Outback also has an available touchscreen navigation system, a standard rearview camera, and some driver assistance features – four to be exact. Those systems are Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Collision Braking, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Lane Keep Assist.

Overview: Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs. Subaru Outback

While it’s true that the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen and the Subaru Outback have a lot in common, they still have many differences. For example, the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen has a slightly more compact size and its engine packs more torque than the Subaru Outback. You’ll also have access to more optional driver assistance features with the Volkswagen than with the Subaru Outback.

Interested in learning more about the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen? Schedule a test drive at the Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine.