2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs. 2019 Lexus UX Series

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Golf SportWagen has standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The UX Series doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Golf SportWagen SE has standard Car-Net, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The UX Series doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Golf SportWagen and the UX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Golf SportWagen the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The UX Series has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Golf SportWagen comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The UX Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 22000 miles sooner.

The Golf SportWagen’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the UX Series’ (10 vs. 6 years).

There are almost 3 times as many Volkswagen dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Golf SportWagen’s warranty.

Engine

The Golf SportWagen’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 151) than the UX 200’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Golf SportWagen FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (13.2 vs. 10.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Golf SportWagen 4Motion’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the UX Series’ standard fuel tank (14.5 vs. 12.4 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

The Golf SportWagen SE’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the UX Series’ 50 series tires.

Chassis

The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Lexus UX Series.

The design of the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen amounts to more than styling. The Golf SportWagen has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is lower than the UX Series (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Golf SportWagen get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The Golf SportWagen has 3.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the UX Series (94.3 vs. 90.4).

The Golf SportWagen has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 2.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the UX Series.

Cargo Capacity

The Golf SportWagen has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the UX Series (30.4 vs. 21.7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Golf SportWagen’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The UX Series’

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Golf SportWagen 4Motion/SE/SEL to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The UX Series doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The UX Series F SPORT’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The Golf SportWagen SE’s standard adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

Model Availability

The Volkswagen Golf comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Lexus UX Series isn’t available as a hatchback.

Recommendations

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 12 of the last 12 years. The UX Series has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

Motor Trend selected the Golf as their 2015 Car of the Year. The UX Series has never been chosen.

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