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2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Review
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The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen continues on relatively unchanged from the previous model year, even though the Jetta sedan was redesigned for 2011. While some may want the Jetta SportWagen to be upgraded, one complaint about the new Jetta Sedan was the change in platform that accompanied the redesign. The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen continues to be built on the same platform as the Volkswagen Golf and acts as the link between the Golf and the Tiguan in the Volkswagen lineup.
There are two different engines and three trim lines to choose from for the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. With seating for up to five passengers, and a good-sized cargo area, the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen provides an alternative for those who want to get away from the crossover SUV models.
New For 2013
For the launch of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, very little has changed. In fact, it is relatively the same as the 2012, except for the following:
- The entry-level S comes equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a trip computer as standard features
The exterior of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen remains unchanged from previous years’ models. It has a much rounder look when compared to the newly redesigned Jetta sedan, and it continues to be built on the Golf platform instead of the new platform used for the sedan. The entry-level S model of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is fitted with 16-inch steel wheels, while the SE and TDI have 16-inch alloy wheels. The alloy wheels are available as an option for the base model. A 17-inch alloy wheel package can be added to the SE and TDI trim lines, as can a panoramic sunroof. All models are fitted with roof rails to increase cargo capacity.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen can seat up to five passengers across two rows of seats. The front seats of all models are heated and have a power-adjustable backrest. The rear seats are comprised of a 60/40 split-folding bench that includes a center pass through. Seating is upholstered in the base and covered with a leatherette vinyl in the SE and TDI.
Standard features in all models of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen include keyless entry, full power accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning, an adjustable front armrest, a trip computer, and Bluetooth connectivity. The eight-speaker audio system of the base upgrades to a 10-speaker system with a touchscreen interface, HD radio, and an iPod connection in the SE and TDI. A navigation system is available as an option in the TDI model of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.
Standard safety equipment for all three models of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen includes anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front-seat head restraints, a tire-pressure monitoring system, front side-impact airbags, and full-length side-curtain airbags.
The S and SE models of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen come equipped with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that provides 170 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The S uses a six-speed manual transmission, while the SE has a six-speed automatic transmission as standard, which is optional for the S. The EPA gas ratings for the S and SE are 24/33 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission and 24/31 mpg city/highway with the automatic.
The TDI has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, diesel engine. It is coupled with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while a six-speed automated manual transmission is available as an option. The powertrain provides 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, and it has an EPA fuel economy rating of 30/42 mpg city/highway with the manual and 29/39 mpg city/highway with the automated manual transmission.
Driving the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen falls somewhere between a sport sedan and a crossover SUV. The steering is not as precise as the sport sedan and the body roll is significantly more, but the lower center of gravity and handling are significantly better than felt with a crossover SUV. All models provide a quiet and comfortable ride, but the TDI has a much greater range, and is slightly noisier, than the regular-gas-powered models.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
- Mazda MAZDA5
- Subaru Outback
- Toyota Matrix
- Ford C-MAX Hybrid