2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Overview
Pairing extra cargo space and utility with fuel economy, the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is the more family friendly version of the Jetta sedan.
Starting in 2013, Volkswagen is selling the wagon as a separate model. The Jetta SportWagen is very similar to the Jetta, except with a wagon rear and liftgate instead of a trunk. This more than doubles the cargo capacity to 32.8 cubic feet, versus 15.5 cubic feet in the sedan. It’s an impressive amount of space for a car with such a small footprint.
Exterior styling mirrors the Jetta, with a conservative look that isn’t boring or flashy at the same time. It’s a minimalist look that helps the Jetta SportWagen appear modern without being over the top. 16-inch wheels are standard, as are halogen headlamps and a rear wiper for the liftgate.
Under the hood, the Jetta SportWagen has two engine options, one gasoline and the other diesel. The gas engine comes standard and is a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter five-cylinder that is mated to five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The second engine option is a highly efficient, 140-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 236 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Fuel economy is good in the gas engine, but exceptional with the diesel. The gas engine with the manual transmission returns 23/33 mpg city/highway and the automatic gets 24/31 mpg. Opting for the diesel/manual combination offers the best fuel economy: 30/42 mpg city/highway (29/39 mpg with the automatic).
Inside, the Jetta SportWagen got some upgrades for 2013 to try to improve the cabin quality, including power reclining front seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and better looking trim pieces. Standard features include air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary audio input, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Options include an iPod input, leatherette upholstery, touchscreen sound system with 10 speakers and HD radio, and a navigation system.
Safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability system, side-impact and side curtain airbags, and active front head restraints.