in 2012 Wagons

Avg. Price Paid: $14,186 - $20,182
Original MSRP: $20,195 - $29,220
MPG: 23 City / 33 Hwy
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2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Interior

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Overall, automotive journalists think the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen has an interior that’s in-line with what shoppers expect from a German car. There are two complaints, however: The navigation system complicates audio controls, and the rear row is too tight for adults.

  • "Fit and finish inside were just fine, and the materials were excellent with a nicely padded upper dashboard. VW continues to make some very nice interiors." -- MarketWatch
  • "The interior strikes a sporty, rather than austere, note. Brushed-metallic accents and chrome trim dot the cabin and impart a much-needed bit of flash. Many dashtop panels are high-quality-feeling soft-touch surfaces." -- Consumer Guide

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Most reviewers report that the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen has comfortable front seats, but that the back seats are cramped.

  • "Great legroom from ultra-long seat tracks. Only the tallest riders will notice intrusion from the sunroof housing. ... The [rear] seat itself is very comfortable but best for two adults." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The vinyl ‘leatherette’ upholstery found in the SE and TDI is finely stitched and does a good impression of real cowhide, with the added bonus of being easier to clean." -- Edmunds
  • "Even with the extended sunroof (a worthwhile $1,300 option) there was ample headroom up front and to the rear. Legroom was such that with the driver's seat fully pushed back it would have been difficult for a six-footer to fully engage the clutch." -- MarketWatch

Interior Features

The 2012 Jetta SportWagen comes standard with a basic stereo system, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and Bluetooth connectivity. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake handle, as well as a 10-speaker premium stereo system with MP3 CD readability, satellite radio and a panoramic sunroof are all optional.

Shoppers can also fit their SportWagen with a touch-screen navigation system that comes with a memory card slot, an auxiliary input connection and an optional iPod interface. One reviewer notes that the navigation system absorbs the audio functions, making them hard to use. However, not everyone dislikes this system. Some reviewers say it’s one of the best on the market.

  • "Clear gauges complement mostly handy, intuitive controls, but some testers find the back lighting too soft for best nighttime legibility. The available navigation system incorporates most audio functions, complicating what should be simple adjustments. The navigation portion is fairly easy to use and program." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Stereo and climate controls are straightforward and easy to use, with the touchscreen interface standard on the SE and TDI being a nice high-tech touch that's well-suited to the available iPod interface. That interface with the optional navigation system is one of the best on the market." -- Edmunds
  • "Radio controls are on either side of a video screen mounted at the top of center stack. They were easy enough to work once you programmed in your favorites. The sounds from the standard audio system were great and the system comes with a six-disc CD changer and Bluetooth." -- MarketWatch


The 2012 Jetta SportWagen offers as much cargo space as some small SUVs. Behind the back seats is a spacious 32.8 cubic feet of space that can be expanded to a cavernous 66.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

  • "And, of course, being a wagon, the Sportwagen can carry plenty of stuff. With about 67 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity, this Jetta is roomier than popular compact crossovers like the Chevy Equinox, Kia Sportage and VW's own Tiguan." -- Edmunds

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