2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen


Pros: TDI fuel economy; Quality interior; Cargo Space; Solid feel

Cons: Small rear seat; Grumbly base 2.5L engine

The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen was introduced in 2009 and remains unchanged for 2012. Oddly enough the Jetta Sportwagen is based on the Golf rather than the Jetta. It shares the Golf’s headlights and twin-blade grille making it basically a stretched Golf hatchback.

Its interior doesn’t take after the redesigned 2012 Jetta either. Materials used throughout its cabin are top notch with soft-touch plastics and handsome metal trims used throughout. It also offers more total cargo space than some small SUV’s. With the rear seats up, the Sportwagen offers 32.8 cubic feet of space and 66.9 cubes of space with the seat backs folded down.

Although it’s no sports car, the Sportwagen is a lot more fun to drive than similarly equipped SUV’s. It offers a solid and refined feel. The base engine provides adequate power but it’s not as fuel efficient as the available turbo-diesel engine. In fact, almost 80 percent of all Sportwagens sold in the US are TDI models. So if fuel efficiency tops your shopping list, then the practical Jetta Sportwagen is worth a long hard look.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is available in S, SE and TDI trim levels. The entry-level S model comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, full-power accessories, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, an 8-speaker sound system with Bluetooth® and a auxiliary jack, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and heated power mirrors, front seats and windshield washer nozzles.

Both the SE and TDI models add 16-inch alloy wheel, premium leatherette upholstery, a leather-wrapped shift knob and brake handle and a premium touchscreen sound system, HD radio, satellite radio and a 6-disc CD changer. An optional sunroof package will add a panoramic sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels. The available sunroof and navigation package (TDI only) adds the sunroof features plus a touchscreen navigation system and keyless access with push button start.

Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with hydraulic brake assist and electronic brake-pressure distribution, traction and electronic stability control, six airbags and an intelligent crash response system. The intelligent crash response system will unlock the doors, shut off the fuel pump and activate the hazard lights for you in the event of a collision

Warranty Information
Every new Volkswagen has got you covered with a New Vehicle Limited Warranty for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first. All wear and tear items and/or adjustments are covered for the first 12 months or 12,000 miles. All 2012 models are also covered by a Powertrain Limited Warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles, a Corrosion Perforation Limited Warranty (excluding the Routan) for 12 years, unlimited miles, 3 year/36,000 mile Roadside Assistance and a 3 year/36,000 mile no-charge scheduled Carefree Maintenance™ Program. Contact your local VW dealer concerning warranty specifics and available protection plans.


Trims MSRP 
Jetta SportWagen S $20,195
Jetta SportWagen SE $24,210
Jetta SportWagen SE with Sunroof $25,960
Jetta SportWagen TDI® $25,540
Jetta SportWagen TDI® with Sunroof $27,290
Jetta SportWagen TDI® with Sunroof and Navigation $28,120
Similar Vehicles  MSRP 
Toyota Prius v Two $26,550
Subaru Forester 2.5X $20,595
Subaru Outback 2.5i $23,295

Engines, Drivetrains & EPA Ratings




Fuel Economy (city/highway/comb.)

Jetta SportWagen TDI®

2.0L, 16-valve, in-line 4-cyl. TDI®

6-Speed Manual Transmission


Jetta SportWagen TDI®

2.0L, 16-valve, in-line 4-cyl. TDI®

6-Speed DSG® Automatic with Tiptronic® and Sport Mode


Jetta SportWagen S

2.5L, 20-valve, DOHC, in-line 5-cyl.

5-Speed Manual Transmission


Jetta SportWagen S & SE

2.5L, 20-valve, DOHC, in-line 5-cyl.

6-Speed Automatic with Tiptronic® and Sport Mode


Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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