2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs 2016 Volvo V60
When it comes to upscale vehicles, the first image to come to mind isn’t frequently a station wagon. Maybe it’s different in Europe, but here in the U.S. market, our customers are typically looking for a practical model to suit their family lifestyle. For this reason, picking between the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs 2016 Volvo V60 may not be that difficult for most shoppers. There’s no point denying the 2016 Volvo V60 is an appealing offer from an automaker known for safety, but with a price tag that is more nearly $15,000 above the starting price of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, you can choose VW and still have enough money left over to put some money away to start a college fund, or at least buy a decent second car.
|2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen||vs||2016 Volvo V60|
|25 city/36 hwy||MPG||25 city/37 hwy|
|66.5 cu. ft.||Max Cargo Volume||43.8 cu. ft.|
|170 hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder turbo||Engine||240 hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo|
Differences between the 2016 VW Golf SportWagen vs 2016 Volvo V60
Pricing alone may make the Golf SportWagen the obvious choice, but if you’re seriously debating these two models, it’s clearly not the only factor. There are certainly a few benefits the Volvo V60 offers, such as lively powertrain options and available AWD. You can also expect some of the Driver Assistance features, like autonomous emergency braking, to be standard, though this also makes it a bit confusing that Volvo decided to offer a rearview camera as an optional feature rather than a standard one.
While noting the advantages in the 2016 Volvo V60, some of its disadvantages cannot be fixed with available features. Its max cargo volume sits at a 43.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is less than is even offered in the standard 2016 VW Golf, which expands up to 52.7 cubic feet. Moving up to the Golf SportWagen means a maximum space of 66.5 cubic feet. If the point is having more room for sports gear, groceries and luggage, it’s clear the Volvo is falling behind in value.
When it comes to interior quality, the vehicles are well-matched, which is saying something considering the price difference. It’s true the powertrain is more impressive in the Volvo V60, but reviews of the SportWagen give it equal praise for athletic handling. Its standard features also match or surpass the Volvo, with heated side mirrors, black roof rails, VW Car-Net App-Connect, a rearview camera and a three-month SiriusXM subscription. Any features it lacks can easily be added without coming close to the starting price of the Volvo V60. Still not convinced? Stop by New Century Volkswagen to take the 2016 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen for a test drive and feels its quality for yourself.