2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Review
Most auto reviewers agree that the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is a good station wagon, but others in the class offer more cargo space and better reliability ratings.
The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen has a standard five-cylinder gasoline engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. With the gas engine, a five-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. Jetta Sportwagen TDI trims come with a four-cylinder diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A six speed automatic transmission is optional. Of the two engines, reviewers prefer the performance and fuel economy of the diesel. Most reviewers report being very pleased with how well the Jetta Sportwagen handles, calling it sportier than most other wagons in the class.
The VW Jetta Sportwagen seats five people. While test drivers like the front seats, a few complain that the backseat is tight for adults, which is typical for the class. Standard features include Bluetooth, leatherette seating and a stereo with an iPod interface. Optional features include navigation and push-button start. Several reviewers say that the Jetta Sportwagen's interior is built with very nice materials.
The Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen has a low reliability score for the class, but its crash test ratings are very good.
- "VW seems to understand that wagon customers don't want the cut-rate interior and rear suspension of the Jetta sedan. Thus, the wagon has kept its nicer interior and sophisticated rear suspension. The best version is the torque-rich turbo-diesel that can easily return 40 mpg." -- Car and Driver
- "Though it's been around a while and is hardly the most exciting thing on four wheels, the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen still sets a high standard for compact-car refinement, workmanship, and practicality. In many ways it's the most "European" car you can get for the money, even if it is built in Mexico." -- Consumer Guide
- "With its versatility, cargo capacity and available diesel engine, the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is in a class of its own and makes a great alternative to SUVs and crossovers." -- Edmunds
Other Wagons to Consider
The 2013 Toyota Prius v doesn't perform as well as the Jetta, but at 44/40 city/highway, outdoes the TDI model's fuel economy. It also has slightly more cargo space.
The 2013 Subaru Outback has a better reliability rating than the Jetta Sportwagen and standard all-wheel drive. The Jetta Sportwagen doesn't offer all-wheel drive at all.
Details: 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is a five-seat station wagon. It's available with a gasoline or diesel engine, as well as automatic or manual transmissions. There are two main trims, SE or TDI, though each trim offers models with different features and options. Standard features include leatherette upholstery, Bluetooth and an iPod interface. The Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen sees no major changes for 2013, as a result this overview uses applicable research from 2012 and 2013.