Largely unchanged for 2012, the Jetta SportWagen is a station wagon powered by a standard 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder engine that produces 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. For the "green" driver an optional 2.0-liter TDI® diesel engine that produces 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque is also available. Both engines can be paired with an optional 6-speed automatic transmission, however the standard engine comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission while the diesel engine comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. Fuel mileage for the standard engine is an EPA estimated 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway while the diesel engine gets a boost to an EPA estimated 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway. Features include panoramic sunroof, 8-speaker sound system, touch-screen sound system, multi-function steering wheel and touch-screen navigation. Safety is comprised of crash optimized front end, pinch-protection power windows, Intelligent Crash Response, electronic stability control, and anti-slip regulation. The Jetta SportWagen is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
Volkswagen's Jetta Sportwagen models have changed very little into 2012, except for a few minor equipment and trim changes. For 2012, the Sportwagen SE and TDI models are now offered with a sunroof as a separate trim level rather than as an option, and a new top-of-the-line TDI model pairs the sunroof and navigation system. Also, sound systems in SE and TDI trims have been upgraded to include an iPod cable, satellite radio and HD Radio.
High-mpg TDI engine; refined interior; comfortable seating and ride; responsive handling; good maneuverability; versatile interior layout; loading ease compared to utility vehicles
The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is one of relatively few wagon models that make an attempt to be rugged or SUV-like. That means it drives every bit like a Jetta Sedan, and has easier loading and a lower cargo floor than any crossover alternative. The Sportwagen also stands out for its superb ride quality as well as nice handling and maneuverability--with a turning radius of 35.8 feet. That's all in addition to what truly makes this model special in the market: With the available TDI diesel engine, the Jetta Sportwagen can accelerate strongly, yet gets up to 42 mpg on the highway, without hybrid technology.