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2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI Review

Sporty Diesel Station Wagon

A three-quarter rear view of a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI

In short: A versatile and fun-to-drive diesel station wagon.

Perfect for the soccer mom who never slows down, this smart and sporty wagon is sure to keep up with the hectic pace of your day-to-day life. Fitted with an athletic and efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, the SportWagen TDI boasts peppy acceleration with its ample 236 lb-ft of torque while still earning an impressive 39 mpg highway. Inside, cool standard features like a touch screen radio with a 6-CD changer and a multi-function trip computer make for a pleasant ride, whether you're running errands or whisking the family away for a long weekend. Heading to the mountains for some outdoor fun? With the wagon's 66.9 cubic feet of cargo space, packing skis, sleds or even bikes is never an issue, making the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI a great all-around vehicle for outdoorsy families.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 12-year/unlimited mile limited warranty against corrosion perforation; 3-year/36,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance; 3-year/36,000-mile Carefree Maintenance.

Base Price: $26,095 / As Tested: $26,865

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door station wagon

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder clean diesel engine with direct injection
Horsepower: 140 hp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 236 lb-ft @ 1,750-2,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting

Curb weight:
3,283 lbs
Wheelbase: 101.5 in
Length/Width/Height: 179.4/70.1/59.2 in
Turning circle: 35.8 ft

front vented disc brakes; rear solid disc brakes; ABS with electronic brake pressure distribution and brake assist
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; multi-link rear

Traction: electronic stabilization control; anti-slip regulation

Top Speed: 127 mph
0-60 mph: 8.9 seconds

EPA City:
29 mpg
EPA Highway: 39 mpg

driver and front passenger front airbags; driver and front passenger side airbags; front and rear side curtain airbags

Likes: make; utility; range

Dislikes: we'll get back to you


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PNW120711 (Updated: 12/15/11 NW)