Used Car: 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Review
The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen has small rear seats, but critics liked its high-quality interior materials and diesel trim, which gets great fuel economy for the class.
Reviewers said the 2012 Jetta SportWagen’s base five-cylinder engine provides strong acceleration from a stop and decent acceleration during highway passing. A turbodiesel four-cylinder engine comes with the Jetta SportWagen TDI, and reviewers were very impressed with its fuel economy and strong acceleration around town. The base Jetta SportWagen is available with a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic, while the Jetta SportWagen TDI is available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automated manual transmission. According to the EPA, the gas-powered Jetta SportWagen gets up to 23/33 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. The Jetta SportWagen TDI gets up to 30/42 mpg city/highway, which is significantly better than what most competing wagons get. Some test drivers wrote that the Jetta SportWagen exhibits noticeable body roll during cornering, while others said it offers a sporty driving experience. Most agreed that it has excellent steering feel and strong brakes.
Critics were pleased with the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen’s top-quality interior materials, which include a soft-touch dashboard and chrome trim. Test drivers said the front seats have ample leg- and headroom, but some said the rear seats are cramped for taller passengers. The VW Jetta SportWagen has a maximum of 66.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which is good for the class. The base Jetta SportWagen comes with heated front seats, heated side mirrors, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker stereo. Available features include a sunroof, navigation, leatherette upholstery, satellite radio, iPod integration and a 10-speaker stereo system.
The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen has a lower reliability rating than many competing wagons.
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Other Wagons to Consider
Critics liked the 2012 Acura TSX Sport Wagon’s sporty handling and peppy four-cylinder engine. They also praised its attractive, high-quality interior and spacious cargo area.
The 2012 Toyota Prius v gets excellent fuel economy for the class, and reviewers complimented the Prius v’s spacious front and rear seats. The Toyota Prius v also has good cargo space for the class and comes with more standard features than the Jetta SportWagen.