In today's eco-conscious market, many shoppers favor crossovers over traditional SUVs for better fuel economy with similar space. But for those willing to go a step further, the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen may be the best choice of all.
The five-door wagon offers two powertrain options. On the S and SE, a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine delivers 170 horsepower while getting up to 21 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. A TDI model, meanwhile, features 2-liter turbo-diesel engine with over 230 pound-feet of torque and economy ratings of 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.
The SportWagen also has the utility to rival some sport utility vehicles. With its 60/40 rear seat folded, it boasts 66.9 cubic feet of cargo space—more than Chevrolet's Equinox crossover.
Volkswagen continues to base the SportWagen on its previous-generation Jetta, and that's a good thing. The quality of interior materials is good, and handling—a typical Volkswagen virtue—is nimble.
Equipped with one of VW's clean-diesel engines, the TDI SportWagen is green and well equipped. Interior features include a 115V power outlet, an iPod interface and floor-mounted ambient lighting. Embossed floor mats are found in the front and rear, and a cargo area cover comes with all SportWagens. A ten-speaker system with a touchscreen and CD/MP3/WMA player provides audio entertainment. The TDI also gets a six-speed manual transmission equipped with a hydraulic clutch, 16-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass, and a chrome grille and dual exhaust tips.
The base model of the SportWagen lineup is a good-value. Interior features include climate control with a pollen filter and a total of three power outlets. Cloth covers the seats, and the luggage compartment is fully carpeted. The tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel is leather-wrapped. The S rides on 16-inch steel wheels and exhales through dual exhaust tips. The bumpers are body-color, as are side mirrors that feature integrated turn signals. Black roof rails and tinted glass are also standard.
The most noticeable upgrade on the SE trim is a set of 16-inch alloy wheels. Other standard equipment includes a six-speed automatic transmission, chrome window trim and a chrome grille. The windshield washer nozzles are heated and the tires are equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The leatherette seating surfaces are complemented by leatherette trim inserts in the door panels. The steering wheel, shift knob and brake handle are leather-wrapped. A premium sound system comes with a touchscreen, HD Radio and Bluetooth music streaming capability. Additionally, a three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio comes with every SE SportWagen.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$15,989 | 38,048 mi
2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$16,888 | 39,917 mi
2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$20,995 | 34,205 mi
2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$23,200 | 43,573 mi
2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$23,886 | 26,770 mi
2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$25,919 | 31,900 mi
2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$26,500 | 21,808 mi
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$17,888 | 34,950 mi
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$19,500 | 42,147 mi
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$19,985 | 10,687 mi
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$20,867 | 36,062 mi
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$21,719 | 63,200 mi
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$22,000 | 23,129 mi
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$22,794 | 15,605 mi
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$22,991 | 42,457 mi
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$22,995 | 23,200 mi
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$23,999 | 33,745 mi
2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$24,950 | 28,246 mi
2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$14,985 | 24,867 mi
2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$16,991 | 77,337 mi
2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$16,999 | 37,048 mi
2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$19,991 | 44,281 mi
2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$22,988 | 38,591 mi
2011 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA SPORTWAGEN$23,995 | 46,918 mi
2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen$17,991 | 88,597 mi
2004 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon$9,950 | 50,893 mi
Not as fun-to-drive but has a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty
Standard all-wheel drive although fuel economy is worse
More fuel-efficient but boring to drive
Gets a combined 47 mpg with a better interior, yet cargo area is smaller