2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Review
This review was written when the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen was new.
The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen offers a lot of usable space and one of the most refined driving experiences available in a compact wagon, all available for under $20,000. With a dearth of affordable compact wagons on the market, many critics are happy that VW is representing a category that they say is both practical and overlooked. The SportWagen's performance varies by engine choice, however, and some will find the European suspension too stiff for their tastes.
The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen offers a lot of hauling space combined with fuel efficiency that ranges from reasonable (with a 2.5-liter five-cylinder) to outstanding (with a clean-burning, 50-state certified 2.0-liter diesel). The ride and exterior are pleasant, and most reviews call the interior well-constructed.
The Jetta SportWagen is available in four trims: the base S, the SE, the SEL and the TDI. The S and the SE come with the 2.5-liter five-cylinder, while the SEL is fitted with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The TDI is equipped with the acclaimed 2.0-liter turbocharged clean diesel.
- "If you're looking for a car with a sporty nature that also delivers good fuel economy and enough cargo room for the kids and family dog, you'll find much to like in the 2009 Jetta SportWagen." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Bottom line: We're impressed. Once again, Volkswagen has found a way to deliver impressive German-style performance at an affordable price. Close your eyes (although we don't recommend it at speed) and there's that unmistakable, rock-solid feel you get in competitive models from Ingolstadt, Munich or Stuttgart, but for much less money. You really have to turn around to realize you're in a station wagon." -- Popular Mechanics
- "This is a sleek, nicely sized package. Given that the Passat Wagon offers only a few extra cubic feet of cargo room, one has to wonder whether the SportWagen will cannibalize some of it's larger sibling's sales. For sure, this new Jetta should cannibalize some of its crossover competition. Why roll from up high when you can swing low?" -- Motor Trend
- "Truly, the Jetta SportWagen is a car that absolutely must be considered if you're looking for a vehicle to carry the family about while still salvaging the enjoyment of driving. It's an ideal solution, diesel or otherwise." -- Automobile.com
- "Although nobody has explained yet if we have to say 'SportWagen' with a German accent, we think it would be polite to at least try. Maybe Volkswagen thinks that Americans won't recognize the word wagon if it is misspelled and hidden behind 'Sport." Because who doesn't love sports? Go Tigers! But a wagon is what this is, and it's not all bad -- Car and Driver
- "Much about the Jetta Sportwagen didn't surprise us: the fold-flat back seat, the nicely finished interior, the slightly sporty demeanor. But we did raise an eyebrow at the five-cylinder engine's newfound liveliness." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Say what you will about the relatively bland new look, the 2009 Jetta SportWagen feels both unique and structurally sound." -- Jalopnik
- "As we expected, driving the SportWagen is like driving a Jetta -- similar ride, handling and power since many components are identical." -- AutoWeek