2012 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon
Benefits of Driving a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon
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.
What's new for 2012?
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
Base S and SE versions of the 2012 Jetta Sportwagen come with a 170-horsepower, 2.5L in-line 5-cylinder engine, while the TDI model comes with a 140-horsepower, 2.0L turbo-diesel 4-cylinder. The TDI engine is actually the quicker of the two engines, as it produces much more torque--236 pound-feet, as low as 1,750 rpm. This reduces the need for downshifts and brings a relaxed, yet strong driving experience. Gas mileage is also very good in the TDI--up to an EPA-rated 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway.