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2010 Volkswagen Jetta

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Review

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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...

Even Volkswagen can't make the station wagon as cool as the GTI. Style-conscious drivers seeking a third-row seat or all-wheel drive will be better off in a crossover SUV.

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 the Jetta
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.

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.

2010 Volkswagen Jetta Details
2010 Volkswagen Jetta photo Interior

As with all Volkswagen products, the SportWagen's interior is smartly styled, ergonomically friendly and appointed in the highest quality materials and fabrics. The SportWagen's huge cargo hold nearly rivals that of the larger Passat Wagon, although rear-seat legroom is not as generous. Sun worshipers will love the enormous optional panoramic glass sunroof that covers the front- and rear-seat passengers.

Exterior
2010 Volkswagen Jetta photo

From the front, the SportWagen shares the same sleek new grille, large headlamps and sloping hood as the all-new Golf/GTI twins. But step around to the SportWagen's backside and you'll find an extended roof panel with enough acreage to expand cargo hauling via the large roof rails. There's also a large rear hatch complete with wiper/washer and rear defroster, and available sporty 17- and 18-inch wheels give the Jetta SportWagen a less suburban look.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard features on the 2.5L S include a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, heated power mirrors and windshield wiper nozzles, heated front seats, air conditioning, rear wiper/washer, cruise control, keyless remote entry, 16-inch wheel covers, AM/FM stereo with single CD and eight speakers, auxiliary audio input jack, side-curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control and hydraulic brake assist. The SE trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, 10-speaker Premium touch screen audio with six-disc CD changer, satellite radio with limited complimentary service and leatherette seating surfaces. To this the TDI adds a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, six-speed manual transmission, 115-volt rear outlet, multi-function steering wheel with audio controls and 16-inch Bioline alloy wheels.

Optional Equipment

Notable options include DVD-based navigation, rear-seat side-impact airbags, panoramic glass sunroof, MDI (Media Device Interface) iPod adapter and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels. 2.5L S and SE models offer a six-speed Tiptronic automatic, while the TDI trim can be equipped with the excellent six-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG).

Under the Hood

The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen's two engine options provide the car with two distinct personalities. The 2.5-liter five-cylinder models are peppy, but not what we'd call scintillating performers. The 2.5-liter is clearly geared more toward a lower price point, good fuel economy and adequate power. The 2.0-liter TDI diesel, on the other hand, may be the best choice for the SportWagen, promising good acceleration and terrific fuel economy at a reasonable price.

2.5-liter in-line 5
170 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
177 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 (manual), 23/30 (automatic)

2.0-liter TDI diesel
140 horsepower @ 4000 rpm
236 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 30/41 (manual), 30/42 (automatic)

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2010 Volkswagen Jetta Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 1045 Ratings for the 2006 - 2010 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

love my VW!

By on Sunday, July 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,859

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "gas mileage,roomy, quality interior,easy maintain"

Cons: "low,lightweight,non power lights"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have loved my jetta diesel tdi sport wagon. It has plenty of room to cart around all kinds of stuff for my job as an interior designer or for long trips. It gets great gas mileage, I fill up less than once a week, much better than the lexus 350 I owned. It is easy to park in urban situations. I love the fit and finish of the interior, it looks and feels like a much more expensive european car (I have the tan leatherette trim-easy to clean, holds up better than leather, and the panoramic sunroof is amazing, and I love the heated seats) yet it does not cost an arm and a leg to service it. That is one of he reasons I chose it over a bmw, audi, or volvo. I also chose it for the excellent gas mileage (close second was Prius villager but I didn't think prius interior was as nice). Drawbacks-well we all know there have been recalls over the false emissions claims so now I am deciding whether to let vw buy back my vehicle or to take the payout. I love the car and would be happy to stay in it so that is how I'm leaning. Other drawbacks: HP is not that great for passing on hwy; the car is light and low so driving amidst 18 wheelers on I-95 was daunting, but I rarely do that; Pet peeve: headlights must be turned on and off manually-I have too often forgotten and left my lights on only to find a dead battery in the morning-come on VW you can do better than that! Lastly, I was used to higher sitting SUVs so that took some time to get used to-I do wish it sat a little higher, so would consider the Tiguan next time, though it does not come in diesel model so mileage not as good. Overall this has been my favorite car ever (owned VW rabbit convertible ,jetta sedan,bmw 3 and 5 series,honda odyssey, land rover discovery,cadillac srx, lexus 350- loved this car too except for gas mileage) Overall I highly recommend this car"

I LOVE MY JETTA AKA BLACKBERRY : )

By on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,100

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive"

Cons: "The steering wheel gets super cold in the winter."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had this car since 2009. I keep up with the maintenance and I have never had an issue. The only thing that worries me a bit is that the sunroof at times (not often) has a mind of its own and it opens by itself. It is rare when it happens but it does happen maybe twice a year. A great thing about this car is that it has a nice size trunk and it is reliable. Love my Jetta!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

best vehicle ever

By on Thursday, June 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"best car run for ever without problems I do have 3 2006 with 230000 miles,2009 with 104.000 and a sport wagon with 41000 happy with all them..!!!!!!"

Hit and miss reliability

By on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Will burn rubber and do 140mph all day, every day"

Cons: "Expensive and frequent repairs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I previously owned a 2007 Jetta 2.5L that I absolutely loved and it was the most reliable car I ever had for the 5 years I owned it, I was blown away. So naturally I assumed a 2010 with just a tad higher miles would be of similar quality, and it may very well have been...at one time. Unfortunately for me, the previous owner seems to have neglected the regular maintenance, because the car has been in and out of the shop like clockwork, and I dread the next repair, it makes me increasingly nervous the more I drive it because I know something very expensive is going to fail any day now based on my experiences in my 4,000 miles of ownership thus far. Don't get me wrong, it DEFINITELY has it's qualities, the turbocharged engine is a beast when driven hard, the car will haul serious you know what when pushed, and rides like a dream at high speeds. The car is rated 200hp, but feels like a lot more when boost spools up(this engine has been dyno tested to make about 220hp from the factory), and with the awesome DSG transmission, it's a blast to drive fast. It's a good looking car, and I love the touchscreen radio and the dash and gauges look great compared to some other cars in it's class. And the side mirror LED signals are a great touch that no other compact car had in 2010 and still look handsome. Insurance is actually cheaper than a base model Mazda3 and Nissan Altima so that's another plus. And it's so, so, so much more fun to drive than a Civic or Corolla(I've tested multiple Japanese competitors). It's a well built and well designed car, it's just expensive to operate and maintain(requires top tier premium fuel, synthetic oil, strictly German OEM parts), and I think too many people neglect maintenance because of this, which only leads to even more expensive repairs and a bad reputation. Bottom line, don't be afraid to buy a Jetta, but MAKE SURE IT'S BEEN MAINTAINED by previous owner(s) and taken care of, or you'll be mortgaging your home to fix it. And learn from my mistake, and aim for one that's still under warranty of some kind."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great car for new driver!

By on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, reliable, comfortable, easy to drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Our gray, very reliable VW Jetta- looking for a new home!

"Great car that's been driven very little over three years. Comfortable and extremely reliable, excellent road car. We love this car and hope someone else will too!!"

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Our gray, very reliable VW Jetta- looking for a new home!

Gets 26 MPG around town

By on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Has more than enough exceleration."

Cons: "The horn does not sound like the old classic VWs'"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Enjoy the heated seats especially when my back is sore on cold winters mornings. Turning on the AC will defog all the side windows during cold rainy days, neat."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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