2015

Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

We're already in love with the Volkswagen Golf -- it's our top-rated small car. But does adding extra cargo space and a diesel engine make a good thing better? VW is the only remaining mass-market European car company here and the SportWagen is one of the very few affordable station wagons that hasn't been converted into an ersatz SUV.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
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Electric System
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Sun roof leaked water. It cost about $900.00 to fix. Also, last year's survey would not allow me to enter the correct year for this car, even after multiple attempts. It is a 2011 VW diesel Golf SportWagen, not 2015"

James R., ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"After a lot rain, notice there is a leak in the rear compartment , the car it's a Wagon, there is water in the spare tire compartment, took to the dealer and there is a Recall for this problem."

Jefferson P., FL (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Water from the sunroof leaked into the cabin, damaging the rough liner. A recall has been issued by VW regarding the sunroof drain"

Anonymous, NH (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Exterior gutter clogged with tree debris and leaked into car interior, damaging headliner. Dealer cleaned out gutter. Recent recall for this problem"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"the lines that drain water from the sun (or "moon") roof become easily clogged with debris (leaves, etc). This back sup the drainage system, resulting in water leaking into the roof/lights in front and back of the car"

Anonymous, VT (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"sunroof drains clogged, causing overflow and a leak. repair was covered under a recall by VW"

Anonymous, (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Panoramic sun roof leak due to clogged drain hoses. Fill the spare tire well with water. 1 day repair that required removing the headliner. This arose from the car being left untouched during the diesel settlement...the dealer was not allowed to sell it until the settlement was reached/"

Thomas M., CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Panoramic roof leaking."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"same problem as for "Leak" category: sunroof drains fails causing a seal failure in ceiling - repair was covered under a recall of the roof drains by VW"

Anonymous, (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Sunroof/moonroof leak into the headliner in the cargo area"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Wind noise

"It is a noisy car on the highway, even without the roof rack. Squeaks and rattles come and go. And the horn is very crude - too loud with no finesse to the control"

James R., ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Well, I think we all know what the problem with the TDI's was vis a vis emissions"

Anonymous, BC (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Recall to fix excess emissions on TDI models"

-M L., ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"It is one of the TDI diesels under recall"

Anonymous, MO (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Fraudulent emission control on TDI - otherwise excellent car, will be getting the fix and keeping as mileage is amazing"

Anonymous, NS (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The diesel exhaust fluid system developed a leak that caused a check engine light. The car was fine to drive and when I took it in for the repair(under warranty due to the diesel emissions scandal) it took about a week to finish"

Travis S., TX (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"I experienced no problems but got a recall to bring in to be fixed"

Cary Z., CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Fuel injection system

"Fuel Injection component(s) had to be replaced after 45000, under warranty"

Jaye S., ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel pump

"High Pressure fuel pump disintegrated. Metal shards contaminated the entire fuel system. In tank sending unit, fuel lines, fuel filter, filter housing, injectors all replaced under warranty. VW took 5 weeks to complete the repairs. They compensated be for my car rental for the first 3 weeks and provided a loaner for the remainder. The breakdown occurred 200 miles away from home"

Andrew H., NH (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The engine warning light came on and a sulfur smell was present after driving. VW determining the O2 sensor was failing and it was fixed free of charge, although car was past warranty."

Adam S., WA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Tail light stopped functioning due to an electrical connection issue. Light was replaced earlier due to a different issue. VW dealer fixed at no charge."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"Bulbs burn out"

Anonymous, AB (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Heated or cooled seats

"Wouldn't turn on after seat adjustment. Later discovered a pinched wire."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Keyless entry

"The Keyless entry FOB's drain the battery within 6 months, and everyone at the dealership and VW knows this. I am on my 3 set (Pair) after 18 months"

Jaye S., ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Touching the door handle either to lock or unlock the door. It uses a sensor in the door handle. The sensor failed and was replaced. The key fob and the key continued to work."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"Everything goes blank so navigation doesn't work, back up camera doesn't work, neither does Bluetooth"

Rosanna D., BC (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"While driving, the display screen goes blank. Have to turn off car and turn back on for it to come on"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Car interface doesn't seem to recognize or respond sometimes to my iPhone music folder. Not sure if it's due to the phone or the infotainment system"

Rosanna D., BC (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The bluetooth module failed and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Improperly aligned by dealer"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Shocks or struts

"Front tire ware required replacement of the struts"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Springs or torsion bars

"Defective from factory. A known problem"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Bilateral rear coil springs broke and were not under warranty."

Anonymous, (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"engine oil cooler exchange had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AE (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Water pump

"I took delivery on the certified preowned car on 4/13/18. The following week the engine light went on. so I took it to the dealer who ordered the secondary coolant pump. They gave me a ride home (32miles). When the repair was done they came and picked me up"

Guy U., CT (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Needed new water pump to cure coolant leak"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"compressor failed, replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"AC stopped working, dealer diagnosed compressor failure with particles in expansion valve. Most parts were replaced and system flushed. Repair was under warranty. Seems to be ok"

R R., NJ (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Refrigerant leaks

"shrader valve was leaking."

Ian M., BC (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"When driven for extended period, high oil level warning alert even when oil level is in normal range. Various engine warnings that cannot be replicated when servicing."

Anonymous, (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Oil leaks

"Oil leak in the turbo. Dealership kept it for a week because the part they originally ordered to replace also leaked. Replaced turbo in full, under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

"While driving, an error code appeared to shift the car into park"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Rough shifting

"when automatic transmission shift gears the car rocks some for unsmooth shifting"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Parking brake

"The release button on parking break handle broke off. This button was held to the handle by a small plastic tab on a on a linkage to the ratchet mechanism. The release button also retained the spring that pulled tension to activate the ratchet. When the small tab on the linkage broke, the the ratchet no longer engages automatically. To operate the parking break, the linkage must be pulled manually to set the break. VW offers no way to replace the broken plastic linkage, only the ENTIRE PARKING BRAKE LEVER for several hundred dollars."

Anonymous, NH (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Rotors

"Rotors were worn out with little wear showing on brake pads. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Had to replace a clamp that was the cause of an exhaust leak. Cost about $150 for the part and the labour, which I found excessive for a clamp replacement"

Anonymous, NS (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo waste gate actuator failed"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"took the car to the dealer to see what's wrong with the brakes, the writer notice there the clutch there is an problem, told them couple days ago the car won't change speed, or shift , had to stop and put the car in park and shut off and start the car again, so the transmission start to working again. But they said replaced the clutch, but never they touched, I put the car in a car lift in my repair shop because the hurricane last year and I removed the lower panel under the engine to see if there is not a leak, notice they never touch in the transmission. The bolts around the tranny was the same way came of the factory. Went to this dealer and they told me they did the job, told them is a BS, took the car to another dealer and they said the same I was suspected, they never touched the tranny. Called VW about this matter and the didn't care about it. So the clutch was never replaced. My golf have a GSD transmission and some times I felt something wrong. The dealer suppose fix my car is here in south Florida, Coconut Creek , Gunther VW ."

Jefferson P., FL (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI 2.0-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"The seals in the sunroof leaked. This was fixed under warranty without issue"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen 1.8T 1.8-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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Recalls
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Sep 25, 2019
If the vehicles do not meet all regulatory requirements, there could be an increased risk of a crash, fire, or injury.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2017 Volkswagen Passat, 2018 Tiguan LWB, 2007-2009 Jetta Sedan, 2011-2013, 2015 and 2019 Jetta, 2013 Jetta Hybrid, 2008-2009 Jetta Sportwagen, 2015 Golf Sportwagen, 2013 Golf, 2008-2010 and 2012-2013 Beetle and Beetle Convertible, 2008-2010 Beetle, and Beetle Convertible vehicles. Modifications made while the vehicles were in an internal evaluation period may cause the affected vehicles to not comply with all of the applicable regulatory requirements.
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners and repurchase the affected vehicles. The recall began November 6, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 01D7. Note: This recall is an expansion of NHTSA recall number 18V-329.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V679000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 113
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, STEERING
Jul 11, 2018
Removing the key while the shift lever is in a position other than "Park" increases the risk of an unintended vehicle rollaway that may result in personal injury or a crash.
Summary:
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf and Golf Sportwagen vehicles. The build of silicate on the shift lever micro switch contacts may enable the key to be removed from the ignition while the vehicle shift lever is not in "Park." As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional switch and circuit board, free of charge. The recall began March 19, 2019. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 37L5.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V464000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33168
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