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2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

At a Glance

Pricing $18,999 - $27,090
Drive Types FWD
Engines 2.0l I4 T, 2.0l I4 T D, 2.5l I5
Transmissions A6, M5, M6, SM6
Fuel Economy 20-30 (city), 29-41 (highway)

Our Ratings

Velocity Index 57

Overview Information

The Jetta Sportwagen replaces the trunk of the Jetta with a large cargo area accessible through a hatch. A cleanly styled interior features a simple and comfortable layout. The standard engine is a 170hp, 2.5L inline 5-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual and optional six-speed automatic transmission. The SEL model features a 200hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder. The SportWagen also offers a rare diesel engine option. The torquey 2.0L diesel turns in impressive EPA ratings of 30 city / 41 hwy. Those numbers are hard to match in any other car with the utility. The Jetta is in general a good value, but at the upper end of the model range, the roomier Passat becomes a very attractive alternative.

What Changed:

The Jetta hasn't offered a wagon version since the last redesign in 2006. The SportWagen (Golf Variant in other markets) replaces the trunk of the Jetta with a large cargo area accessible through a hatch.

Official Word:

The Jetta SportWagen, a sporty and dynamic wagon version of Volkswagen's top-selling model, made its U.S. debut today at the New York Auto Show. The Jetta SportWagen mixes practicality with European style and balances both elegance and sportiness. Its exceptional ride and handling and segment-leading safety features, along with its design are perfect for those with an active lifestyle. Delivering performance and value, the Jetta SportWagen will be offered with three engine variations. The Jetta SportWagen...Read.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Jetta SportWagen S 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) M5 FWD 21/30/25 54 $18,999
Jetta SportWagen S 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) A6 FWD 20/29/24 52 $20,099
Jetta SportWagen SE 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) M5 FWD 21/30/25 54 $21,349
Jetta SportWagen SE 2.5l I5 (170-bhp) A6 FWD 20/29/24 52 $22,449
Jetta SportWagen SEL 2.0l I4 T (200-bhp) M6 FWD 21/31/26 57 $25,990
Jetta SportWagen SEL 2.0l I4 T (200-bhp) SM6 FWD 22/29/25 57 $27,090
Jetta SportWagen TDI 2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) M6 FWD 30/41/35 55 $23,590
Jetta SportWagen TDI 2.0l I4 T D (140-bhp) SM6 FWD 29/40/34 55 $24,690