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2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Interior

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Reviewers applaud Volkswagen for giving the 2013 Jetta Sportwagen a much nicer interior than its sedan counterpart.  They report that the Jetta Sportwagen has premium materials on the inside, comfortable front seats, a somewhat cramped backseat and lots of cargo space.

  • "It's also a relatively large and spacious compact car, and thus a good long-journey proposition for smaller families. Note, too, that the SportWagen offers more maximum cargo volume than many compact SUVs, including VW's own Tiguan, and there's plenty of load space even with the rear seat in use." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Unlike the Jetta sedan, the Sportwagen still offers top-quality interior materials, soft-touch surfaces and the little details like an adjustable center console with rear air vents that make the car feel a cut above the typical small wagon." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Most reviewers like the front seats in the five-seat Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen. However, many also point out that the backseat is a little small, especially for adults.

  • "But aside from a more premium feel, the Sportwagen hits its stride with voluminous passenger and cargo room, especially for front seat passengers. Rear-seat passengers have a tighter squeeze, but not objectionably so." -- Edmunds
  • "A spacious front cabin gives SportWagens the feel of a midsize car. Only the tallest occupants will crowd the sunroof housing, and long seat tracks afford ample legroom for most anyone. The seats are firm, but are shaped and padded for long-haul comfort." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen comes standard with leatherette seats, Bluetooth and a 10-speaker stereo with iPod interface. Optional features include a large sunroof, navigation and push-button start.

Reviewers actually appreciate that the Jetta Sportwagen doesn't offer a lot of tech gadgets because they say that helps keep the dash from getting too cluttered.  Some complain that the navigation system absorbs too many stereo controls, making it difficult to use and others say the navigations screen is too small and washes out in sunlight.

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  • "A lack of available gadgetry leaves SportWagens with a refreshingly clean and orderly dashboard. Large, legible gauges complement mostly handy, intuitive minor controls, but some testers find the dash night lighting a bit weak. The navigation system, exclusive to the top-trim TDI, governs most audio functions, thus complicating some routine adjustments, but the navigation itself is fairly easy to use. However, the stereo on models without navigation also uses a touch-screen that washes out just as easily in moderately strong light and doesn't always respond to the first dab of a digit." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The cabin also gets high marks for user-friendliness. Operating audio and climate controls is a straightforward matter, and we especially like the clean, uncluttered optional touchscreen audio interface. The optional navigation system is also pretty easy, but does lack some functionality due to its smallish screen." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The 2013 VW Jetta Sportwagen has 32.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseat and 66.9 cubic feet of cargo space overall.  That's very good for the class, though some, like the Subaru Outback, have more cargo space.

  • "The SportWagen rivals many SUVs for cargo space. In fact, there's more here than in VW's own Tiguan. Rear-seat conversion requires rotating the cushions through 90 degrees before dropping the backrests, which don't lay fully flat. There's a good amount of room behind the rear seat in a usefully cubic, low-floor hold with a generously sized aperture and a wide but shallow under-floor bin. In-cabin small-item storage is good, thanks mainly to four capacious door pockets with bottle holders. The center-console bin is practically useless on models with the iPod connector. " -- Consumer Guide

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