The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is offered in S, SE and TDI trim levels. General impressions are that while the SportWagen may look a little understated from the outside, Volkswagen have surpassed them by providing an interior trim that befits a vehicle of a much higher level. Every piece of material that has gone into the SportWagen's cabin is of a very high quality, with user friendliness also been well taken care of to ensure a very comfortable trip for driver and passengers.
The base level S model comes standard with heated mirrors, roof rails, keyless entry, steering wheel that tilts and telescopes, heavy duty fabric upholstery, heated front seats, adjustable front armrest cruise control, air conditioning, a trip computer, CD player, eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth functionability, auxiliary audio jack and sixteen inch steel wheels with 205/55R H all season tires and alloy wheels as an option.
The SE and TDI comes with all of the above with leather look and feel vinyl upholstery, leather covered steering wheel shift knob and gear lever, touchscreen interfaced audio system, satellite radio, six CD changer, iPod interface, ten speakers and sixteen inch alloy wheels. Optional extras for the Jetta SportWagen SE and TDI take in a navigation system, keyless ignition, panoramic sunroof and seventeen inch alloy wheels with 205/55R H all season tires. Optional extras for the Jetta SportWagen take in panoramic sunroof and seventeen inch alloy wheels
The new VW Jetta SportWagen comes equipped with six airbags as standard taking in driver and front row passenger airbags, side airbags in front as well as side curtain airbags for the front and rear, electronic stability program, tire pressure monitoring, brake assist, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, seatbelt pre- tensioners, traction control and rear door child safety locks.
Fuel consumption for the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen's S and SE 2.5-liter 5 cylinder engine with manual gearbox works out at 28 miles per gallon average, with 23 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon out of it, while the automatic version providing a slightly more economical EPA-estimated fuel record of 27.5 miles per gallon average, with 24 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon out of it. The SportWagen TDI produces spectacular fuel economy for a vehicle of its size covering 38 miles per gallon average, with 34 miles per gallon in the city and 42miles per gallon out of it on manual transmission while the automatic provides with 34 miles per gallon average, with 29 miles per gallon in the city and 39 miles per gallon on the highway.
The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen has its rivals for the niche with the principal competitors being the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Focus, Mazda 3 and even Volkswagen's very own Tiguan.