2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs 2016 Audi Allroad

You know you want a station wagon, and you want one that will last. It used to be that your options were fairly limited, but the tides are turning and more automakers are bringing the convenient body style back. Station wagons became the family vehicle of choice for a reason, with easy maneuverability, but the cargo space needed for long road trips or camping adventures. Two models that offer attractive options both come from VAG, so today we’re here to compare the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs 2016 Audi Allroad, and help you decide which is best for your lifestyle. Key highlights that show the differences between them fall on performance specs and cost, with the Golf SportWagen sitting in as an economical option for a daily driver, while the Audi Allroad is a performance vehicle that may set you back if you’re worried about fuel costs and the initial starting price. Neither model is a poor choice, but they do appeal to different lifestyle needs.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs 2016 Audi Allroad
$21,625 MSRP $42,700
66.5 cu.ft. Max Cargo Volume 50.5 cu.ft.
No AWD Yes
25 city/36 hwy MPG 21 city/28 hwy

Why do people choose the 2016 VW Golf SportWagen?

When it comes to style, Audi pulls some tricks to try to hide some of the negative design elements associated with station wagons. From the side, the hood seems longer than the Golf SportWagen, and this is because the Allroad really is a longer car by 6.3 inches. This extra length creates a different sense of proportions, even though the interior space is nearly identical. Overall, the Allroad also has a rounded ront and rear end, creating an executive style that makes it appear less like a station wagon and more like a premium vehicle. The SportWagen, on the other hand, embraces its segment. As a result, you can expect a full 16 extra feet of maximum cargo space that isn’t lost to a flashy design.

For those looking for form over function, the SportWagen beats out the Audi Allroad in every respect. The model obviously has a starting MSRP that is so low compared to what Audi has on the market, that you could buy a brand-new economy car, or put some money toward a college fund. Either way, it’s direct savings, even if you buy the top-of-the-line SportWagen.

It isn’t just the starting MSRP that will allow you to save, as the Golf SportWagen receives an EPA-estimated 25 city and 36 highway mpg rating and can use regular gasoline, while the Allroad is rated at 21 city and 28 highway mpg using premium. It’s true that its fuel economy drops because it has standard AWD (a feature that won’t come to the SportWagen until next model year) and a potent 220-horsepower engine, but after a pricey fill up or two, these might not seem like benefits unless you frequently take you vehicle off road and truly require the extra performance.

Both models include basics like heated side mirrors, roof rails, power windows and locks, Bluetooth with audio, advanced infotainment systems and rearview cameras. Upgrading to higher trims of the SportWagen open up more possibilities while keeping the price far below the Allroad, including features like Fender Premium audio, a touchscreen navigation system, keyless access with push-button start and dual-zone climate control. A Lighting and Driver Assistance package is also available.

To see if the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is the right option for your budget and lifestyle, stop by New Century Volkswagen to take the model for a test drive.

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