Volkswagen's new Golf SportWagen Limited Edition could be a great option for customers who want the latest safety systems but can give up a few frills for a lower price. The model starts as the longroof's base S trim and adds standard Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor, and Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking. The tech bundle isn't usually available on the S version, and the optional package would push an SE to over $29,000 (after $820 in destination fees). However, the Limited Edition goes for $25,815.

In addition to the standard safety tech, the Limited Edition takes a few more features from the SE trim: a panoramic sunroof, 17-inch wheels, chrome window details, heated washer nozzles, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, and push-button start. As a compromise between the S and SE, the Limited doesn't get the higher version's fog lights, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and Fender stereo. It still seems like a good amount of equipment for the money, though. Power comes from the 1.8-liter TSi engine with 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic.

We found the Golf SportWagen to be an extremely useful vehicle after our time with one. The rear has a ton of room for hauling, and the combination a low load height and wide hatch opening make it easy to put stuff inside. The cabin to also has quality fit and finish for the segment. If you're looking for something different than the usual crossover, the SportWagen might be a model to consider.

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VOLKSWAGEN INTRODUCES GOLF SPORTWAGEN LIMITED EDITION AS VALUE MODEL IN LINEUP

Slots into SportWagen range between S and SE models, starting at $24,995

Includes an array of driver assistance features as standard

Adds panoramic sunroof and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels over S model

Golf SportWagen offers cargo space on par with compact SUVs for size and versatility

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today the release of the all-new Golf SportWagen Limited Edition, which is scheduled to arrive in dealerships later this month. Positioned in the sweet spot of the Golf SportWagen lineup, the vehicle will have a starting Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $24,995.

The Golf SportWagen Limited Edition is loaded with popular equipment, including an array of standard driver assistance features. These include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor, and Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist). The Limited Edition model also features a number of exterior enhancements over the S model, such as 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, chrome window trim, and a "Limited" badge on the front fenders.

On the inside, the Golf SportWagen Limited Edition comes standard with leatherette seating surfaces and KESSY® keyless access with push-button start. Every vehicle is also equipped with heatable front seats and window washer nozzles, which were previously available only on the SE model.

The Golf SportWagen Limited Edition also features Volkswagen's new MIB II infotainment system, which provides a comprehensive suite of connectivity features. The MIB II system offers USB and VW-Car Net® App-Connect, allowing owners with these systems to access select apps from their smartphones directly through the vehicle's head unit. Volkswagen of America is one of the first in the industry to support all three available connected car systems: Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®. VW Car-Net's connected vehicle services umbrella also includes connected car services, advanced telematics, and enhanced navigation available by subscription.

The Golf SportWagen Limited Edition is equipped with a 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. On the highway, the vehicle achieves an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 35 mpg.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

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