Intro: Volkswagen's mid-size 5-passenger Sportwagen features a more aggressive yet simple design, offering a handsome, useful entry in the underserved small wagon segment.
Trims are S, SE, and the range-topping TDI. We tested a TDI that came equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, all season tires, and black roof rails. Those looking to add a unique touch can opt for aerodynamic body kits and up to 18-inch alloy wheels.
Performance: The base engine in the Jetta SportWagen is a 2.5-liter inline-5, sending 170 horsepower and 177 pound feet of torque to the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The TDI model comes equipped with a 2-liter clean-burning turbodiesel, sending 140 horsepower and 236 pound feet of low-end torque to the front wheels through either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed direct shift gearbox.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Features: Inside, the Sportwagen is outfitted like a luxury car, with available leather seating, and a premium 8-inch touchscreen for the available navigation system. Offered standard on the TDI, the screen also controls the 10-speaker stereo with 6-disc changer.
The 60/40 split fold rear seats provide a center-seat pass-through and the cushions can be removed allowing the bench to fold flat providing excellent cargo space.
Safety: Standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution, anti-slip regulation, electronic stability protection, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is $19,510. A diesel powered TDI model equipped with the 6-speed direct shift gearbox starts at $26,465. The Jetta SportWagen is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: The 2011 Jetta Sportwagen is an athletic take on the family station wagon, with updated styling, upscale interiors, and a selection in engines offering both spirited performance, and impressive fuel economy.