By KBB.com Editors
While most auto makers have abandoned their station wagon variants, Volkswagen has plunged head-first into the market with its Jetta SportWagen. Given the daily fluctuation in gasoline prices, coupled with a growing consumer desire to move out of big, gas-thirsty SUVs, VW's timing couldn't be better. Beyond its reasonable price and roomy interior, the SportWagen's most appealing lure can be found under the hood, where two frugal engine choices, including a 2.0-liter diesel – reportedly capable of returning better highway mileage than the current EPA estimate – reside.You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a car with a sporty nature that also delivers good fuel economy and enough cargo room for the kids and family dog, you'll find much to like in the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.You May Not Like This Car If... What's New for 2010
The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen receives a revised front end (borrowed from the new Golf), an upgraded interior including a new instrument cluster, air conditioning controls, and a host of new features. SE and TDI trims feature Bluetooth phone connectivity as standard equipment, while the base S trim gains a 60/40 split rear seat with center armrest passthrough. The turbocharged SEL trim is no longer available.Driving It Driving Impressions
Like its sedan counterpart, the SportWagen delivers a driving experience that is fun, controlled and unmistakably German. The taut suspension minimizes body roll and lean, yet delivers a compliant ride regardless of road surface. Acceleration with the 2.5-liter engine is far from exciting, as the engine's flat torque curve precludes it from delivering the kind of gut-punching performance experienced with the 2.0-liter turbo found in the GTI. The 2.0-liter turbodiesel, however, offers great low end torque and feels as quick as the gasoline 2.5-liter, but with more off-the-line guts. It also benefits from the optional DSG automatic transmission, which requires only a tapping of the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifter to deliver rapid-fire gear changes.Favorite Features
2.0-liter TDI Diesel Engine
The 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine promises to be the star of the SportWagen engine lineup. Impressive torque output suggests the TDI may be quicker than the 2.5-liter gasoline engine in some instances, and VW reports drivers may see better real-world mileage than the EPA-reported figures of 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.
Six Speed Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG)
During stop and go traffic the DSG is a smooth shifting automatic. But when the road gets twisty, the DSG can be operated just like a manual transmission, only without the need to operate a clutch pedal.