2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen vs. 2019 Nissan Rogue Sport

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2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen

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Safety

The Golf SportWagen has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Golf SportWagen has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Rogue Sport 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.

Both the Golf SportWagen and the Rogue Sport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is safer than the Nissan Rogue Sport:

Golf

Rogue Sport

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

286

326

Neck Compression

61 lbs.

71 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

80/169 lbs.

163/130 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

2 Stars

HIC

256

398

Chest Compression

.7 inches

1 inches

Neck Injury Risk

43%

65%

Neck Stress

210 lbs.

260 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

169/97 lbs.

328/396 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 155 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rogue Sport has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty

The Golf SportWagen comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Rogue Sport’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 3 years and 36,000 miles sooner.

The Golf SportWagen’s corrosion warranty is 5 years longer than the Rogue Sport’s (10 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 15th.

Engine

The Golf SportWagen’s standard 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (147 vs. 141) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (184 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Golf SportWagen S 4MOTION’s optional 1.8 turbo 4 cyl. produces 27 more horsepower (168 vs. 141) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (199 vs. 147) than the Rogue Sport’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Golf SportWagen FWD Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Rogue Sport FWD (27 city/36 hwy vs. 25 city/32 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

The Golf SportWagen stops much shorter than the Rogue Sport:

Golf

Rogue Sport

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Golf SportWagen’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56.9% to 43.1%) than the Rogue Sport’s (59% to 41%). This gives the Golf SportWagen more stable handling and braking.

The Golf SportWagen S handles at .80 G’s, while the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Golf SportWagen S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Rogue Sport SL 4x4 (27.3 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Golf SportWagen’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Rogue Sport’s (35.8 feet vs. 36.9 feet).

Chassis

The Volkswagen Golf SportWagen may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 200 pounds less than the Nissan Rogue Sport.

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 Rogue Sport (.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 inches more rear headroom and 2.2 inches more rear legroom than the Rogue Sport.

Cargo Capacity

The Golf SportWagen has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat up (30.4 vs. 22.9 cubic feet). The Golf SportWagen has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Rogue Sport with its rear seat folded (66.5 vs. 61.1 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

The Golf SportWagen uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Rogue Sport uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The Golf SportWagen has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Rogue Sport doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Golf SportWagen and the Rogue Sport have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Golf SportWagen is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Rogue Sport prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Golf SportWagen’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Rogue Sport’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Golf SportWagen the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Rogue Sport can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Rogue Sport’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Golf SportWagen SE has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Golf SportWagen SE also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Golf SportWagen SE’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rogue Sport doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Model Availability

The Volkswagen Golf comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Nissan Rogue Sport isn’t available as a four door.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Golf SportWagen second among compact cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Rogue Sport isn’t in the top three.

The Golf was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 13 of the last 13 years. The Rogue Sport has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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

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