2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs 2018 Subaru Outback

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen possesses the stylish and versatile hatchback design of the VW Golf, with the added benefit of a spacious cargo area. Another popular choice for a station wagon is the Subaru Outback. See how the two models stack up in this 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs 2018 Subaru Outback comparison.

The Golf SportWagen is the more affordable choice, with a base MSRP of $21,685, compared to $25,895 for the Outback. And with a plethora of standard features, the Golf SportWagen offers excellent value. Even for the base S trim, you'll get standard LED taillights and daytime running lights, roof rails, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a leather steering wheel, a rearview camera, and the MIB II infotainment system. Higher trim Golf SportWagen models offer such features as the Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control system, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, heated front seats, and the Fender Premium Audio System.

2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen VS 2018 Subaru Outback
$21,685 MSRP $25,895
199 lb-ft Torque 174 lb-ft
34 mpg Highway Fuel Economy 32 mpg
6-years/72,000-miles bumper-to-bumper Warranty Coverage 3-years/36,000-miles basic; 5-years/60,000-miles powertrain

VW Golf SportWagen vs Subaru Outback: Which station wagon is better?

The Golf SportWagen delivers a pleasing balance of performance and efficiency. Its 1.8-liter 4-cylinder TSI turbocharged engine generates an impressive 199 lb-ft of torque for quick acceleration, compared to 174 lb-ft of torque from the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine in the Outback. The Golf SportWagen gets an estimated highway fuel economy of up to 34 mpg, compared to 32 mpg for the Outback.

Another advantage of the 2019 Golf SportWagen is its industry-leading warranty coverage. All 2019 Golf SportWagen models have the backing of a 6-years/72,000-miles bumper-to-bumper warranty. In comparison, the 2019 Outback only has a 3-years/36,000-miles basic and 5-years/60,000-miles powertrain warranty.

Here at Capistrano Volkswagen, we invite Orange County station wagon shoppers to come check out the 2018 VW Golf SportWagen!