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5dr Wgn Man FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Man FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Man FWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Man FWD (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto FWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto FWD (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Man S FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Man S FWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Man S FWD (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto S FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto S FWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto S FWD (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto S AWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto S AWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto S AWD (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Man XRS FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Man XRS FWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Man XRS FWD (SE)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto XRS FWD (Natl)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto XRS FWD (GS)
  • 5dr Wgn Auto XRS FWD (SE)
5dr HB Auto (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Man (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Man (GS)
  • 5dr HB Man (SE)
  • 5dr HB Auto (Natl)
  • 5dr HB Auto (GS)
  • 5dr HB Auto (SE)
2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Man
  • 2dr HB Auto
  • 4dr HB Auto
  • 2dr HB Man TDI
  • 4dr HB Man TDI
  • 2dr HB DSG TDI
  • 4dr HB DSG TDI

Prices

MSRP $16,700 $15,700 $17,620
Invoice $15,615 $14,915 $16,830
Avg. Paid $10,828 $10,476 $10,807

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.3 8.4 8.0
Critics' Rating 6.9 8.5 9.2
Performance 6.9 7.3 8.7
Interior 7.6 7.6 8.9
Operating Cost 8.1 8.4 8.1
Safety 9.3 8.5 9.0
Reliability 3.0 5.0 2.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Good reliability rating
  • Excellent safety scores
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Comfortable second-row seats
  • Many standard tech features
  • More standard safety features than competitors
  • Good maneuverability
  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Well-made interior
  • Comfortable front and rear seats
  • Engaging performance
  • Plenty of cargo space
Cons
  • Worse gas mileage than competitors
  • Not as fuel-efficient as competitors
  • Not enough legroom in front and rear seats
  • Limited cargo capacity
  • Below-average reliability

General Specs

Transmission Manual Automatic Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I5 2.5L/151
MPG 26 City / 32 Hwy 27 City / 33 Hwy 22 City / 30 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 5 Door Wagon 4 Door Wagon 2 Door HB

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 102.4 96.9 101.5
Length, Overall (in) 171.9 154.7 165.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.5 67.9 70.3
Height, Overall (in) 61.0 60.0 58.3

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Optional Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Optional
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Optional
Rear Spoiler Optional Optional Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2865 2668 2968

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Optional Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Optional Optional Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Interior Cargo Shade Standard Optional
Luggage Rack Optional
Rear Reading Lamps Standard
Rear Seat Heat Ducts Optional
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Optional Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Optional Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Heated Mirrors Optional Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 114 84.5 93
Front Head Room (in) 40.5 38.9 39.3
Front Leg Room (in) 41.6 40.3 41.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.3 51.9 54.7
Front Hip Room (in) 52.3 51.1 - TBD -
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 37.6 38.5
Second Leg Room (in) 36.2 33.9 35.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 52.6 50.7 52.8
Second Hip Room (in) 43.7 50.1 - TBD -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (cu. ft.) 61.5 - TBD -
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 10.5

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
Equalizer Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Optional Optional
Premium Sound System Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Optional Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Optional
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
5 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I5
Displacement 1.8L/110 1.8L/110 2.5L/151
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 132 @ 6000 128 @ 6000 170 @ 5700
Torque (Net @ RPM) 128 @ 4400 125 @ 4400 177 @ 4250
Transmission Manual Automatic Manual w/OD
Turning diameter 36.0 37.0 35.8 ft

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 26 27 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 32 33 30
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.2 11.1 14.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut Independent
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Independent
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/stabilizer bar w/stabilizer bar
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/stabilizer bar

Transmission

Automatic Standard
4-Speed Automatic Standard
Manual Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard Standard