Why The 2019 VW Golf SportWagen Is The Best Family Car Under $30k

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Although SUV’s and crossovers have largely taken over as the vehicle of choice for families, the Golf SportWagen should still be on the shortlist. It has everything a family of four could ask for. A comfortable ride, lots of storage space, the latest safety features and a high-quality interior.


It’s virtually impossible to find any SUV’s or crossovers of quality for under $30k. Not to mention the lack of features that you would be getting at that price point. Whereas a fully-loaded SportWagen is just a hair over $30k and you get adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with auto stop, an incredible sound system and VW’s latest multimedia system which is really good and includes Android & Apple Car Play.


VW has always been a leader in quality and material choices, and the SportWagen is no exception. It boasts soft leather surfaces, solid control knobs, a unique flat bottom steering wheel made from real leather and comfortable leather seating surfaces. You can tell it’s a car built to a high standard even as you close the door with the robust interior door handle. Plus it’s the little details such as all four windows have an auto full down/up mechanism, whereas most vehicles in the price point that’s limited to just the front windows. A small feature, sure. But it speaks to the thought and quality of the Golf.

Driving Dynamics:

Once again, the Golf SportWagen pulls ahead of the competition with best-in-class driving dynamics. This is all made possible by the incredible base architecture the Golf is built on. That focuses is a high strength lightweight frame, coupled with one of the best 8-speed automatic transmissions available plus a potent turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. All of this equates to one fun to drive family vehicle.

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At just fifteen, Kyle Edward co-founded a YouTube channel called The Oakland Car Review and that's where it all started. Over the years the channel grew, getting over 2.4 million views. Wanting to get more into writing content, he co-founded ThisIsDrive Magazine which ran for nearly one year before converting to a fully digital platform, ThisIsDrive.com. Now, Kyle both leads the website and creates videos for the ThisIsDrive YouTube channel. Having been published on automotive topics for over five years, Kyle is a truly passionate automotive journalist.