2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs 2018 Subaru Outback

The market for wagons all but went away in America, but now they are coming back in a big way, and Volkswagen is bringing all it has to bear. You can see exactly what we mean as we put the Golf SportWagen against one of its fiercest rivals with our 2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs 2018 Subaru Outback comparison. Both of these models seat five and both offer all-wheel drive, but only one can come out on top.

Find out which one is better by looking at the chart below and reading our in-depth analysis. If you looked ahead or already guessed the VW winner, then you may want to see an inventory for yourself here in Spartanburg. Click the link below to see what Vic Bailey Volkswagen has in store.

2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs 2018 Subaru Outback

2018 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen


2018 Subaru Outback

$21,685 Base MSRP $25,895
6-Speed Automatic or 5-Speed Manual Transmission Options 6-Speed CVT
25-City / 34 Highway Fuel Economy (MPG) 25-City / 32-Highway
6 Years or 72,000 Miles Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty 3 Years or 36,000 Miles


Which is a better value: Golf SportWagen or Outback?

The first thing to study in any car comparison is the price. Here, the Golf SportWagen comes on top with a much more affordable price than the Outback. With over $4,000 of savings, already the SportWagen is looking like the easy choice. If you think that the gap narrows as you go up in trim level, think again. The top Outback is over $8,000 more expensive than the top Golf SportWagen.

Many wagon buyers are bound to be enthusiasts, and they will be happy to learn that this Golf SportWagen is available with a 5-speed manual transmission. If you would prefer to avoid the hassle of a clutch, then know that the 6-speed automatic is either available or standard at all trim levels.

The Outback gives you a 6-speed CVT or continuously variable transmission. CVTs with speeds don’t actually have speeds typically. They are just simulating a change in gear. What’s more, CVTs rob you of torque, especially on the highway when you need it. They can even be prone to breaking. This is unfortunate as a broken CVT usually requires an entirely new transmission.

There are a few other ways that the Golf SportWagen can save you money. First off, it’s more efficient which means less of your money goes to keeping the car full of gas. What’s more, the Golf SportWagen has double the bumper-to-bumper warranty meaning you’ll have peace of mind for many years and miles.