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2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Review

This review was written when the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen was new.

The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is an upscale and refined wagon with plenty of practicality.

If you need more cargo room than a sedan or hatchback can provide, but have been reluctant to make the switch to a compact SUV, the 2010 VW Jetta SportWagon may be just what you've been looking for.  It combines everything reviewers like about the Jetta (one of the top performers in the small car class) with cargo space that's larger than some small SUVs.  An upscale interior and a healthy dose of fun-to-drive are icing on the cake.

While reviewers agree that you get a lot from the Jetta SportWagen, it's also one of the more expensive vehicles in the class. Before committing to the SportWagen, make sure you check out the Hyundai Elantra Touring. While it doesn't offer as fun of a driving experience as the SportWagen does, it is just as practical, costs less and has a better warranty. Given VW's reputation for reliability, opting for the Elantra Touring may be a smart move -- provided you can do without the near-luxury feel of upper trims of the SportWagen, as well as the VW's German driving dynamics.

One thing the SportWagen offers that nothing else in the class does is a 50-state diesel engine, which comes on the TDI trim.  While the TDI costs a little extra, there may be some tax breaks available for buyers who opt for it. Also, with its superior fuel economy, the Jetta TDI is an alternative to some hybrids.

The Jetta SportWagen is available in four trims: the base S, the SE, and the TDI. The S and the SE come with the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. The TDI is equipped with the acclaimed 2.0-liter turbocharged clean diesel. For 2010, little is changed on the Jetta Sportwagen, though the SEL trim has been discontinued.

  • "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
  • "The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta remains the only discount-price European sedan (and wagon) offered for the U.S. market. A large array of trim levels and powertrains further increases the Jetta's appeal." -- Edmunds
  • "Jetta sets the class standard for overall refinement and solidity. It's also roomy, comes with many laudable safety features, and boasts a high-quality interior. The available wagon body style adds versatility to the lineup. " -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 its 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
Review Last Updated: 1/21/11

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