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Used Car: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Review

Review Last Updated: 7/22/15

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen has composed handling and a tightly constructed interior, critics said, and the diesel model returns superb fuel economy.

The base 2014 VW Jetta SportWagen comes with a five-cylinder engine, and test drivers reported that it delivers decent power. However, most recommended the available turbodiesel (TDI) four-cylinder engine because it’s more efficient and they said it feels more powerful and responsive under acceleration. The Jetta SportWagen comes with front-wheel drive and a manual transmission. An automatic transmission is available. According to the EPA, the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen gets 23/30 mpg city/highway with the base engine and the automatic transmission, which is good for the class. The TDI model gets 29/39 mpg, which is excellent. The Jetta SportWagen's comfortable ride makes long-distance trips enjoyable, critics said, and its composed handling and sharp steering make it feel sporty for the class.

Reviewers were impressed with the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen's excellent build quality and top-notch materials. Adults will be comfortable in the back seats, auto writers said, but taller passengers may feel cramped. Cargo space is good for the class. Standard features include heated front seats, Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio input and an eight-speaker sound system. Available features include a rearview camera, a panoramic sunroof, navigation, a 10-speaker sound system, satellite radio and push-button start. Reviewers noted that the Jetta SportWagen has simple dashboard controls that make its tech features easy to use.

The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen was the U.S. News 2014 Best Wagon for the Money when it was new.

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Other Wagons to Consider

The 2014 Subaru Outback has more cargo space than the Jetta SportWagen, and critics pointed out that the Outback has plenty of rear-seat space for taller passengers. The Outback also comes standard with all-wheel drive.

The 2014 Toyota Prius v gets better fuel economy than the Jetta SportWagen. Reviewers said its interior benefits from spacious rear seats and easy-to-use dashboard controls.

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