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Forget the sedan, try this first
By emajor on
Vehicle2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen S 4dr Wagon (2.5L 5cyl 5M)
ReviewThis wagon is versatile and refined. We've carried furniture, huge Rubbermaids, not possible with a sedan. Tons of cargo room when you need it, drives just like the sedan when you don't.
Handling is responsive, the steering has a nice feel and heft to it, and the ride is comfortable without being too soft or sloppy.
Supportive seats, perfect driving position. Interior is way too nice for a $20K car.
Strong 5 cylinder engine with lots of torque down low.
Gets 29-34 mpg highway.
Nice clutch and shifter.
Test drove the TDI, nice engine, but didn't feel it was worth the additional $5000.
13,000 miles and no problems yet.
As long as it stays reliable, I will have no regrets.
Best FeaturesAn engaging drive without having to put up with road noise, a cheap interior, or a tinny feel. Looks and feels more expensive than it is. Lots of standard features at a reasonable price. More powerful than Elantra Touring, Matrix, Civic. More cargo capacity than Mazda3, Matrix, Impreza, xB. Nicer interior than all of them.
Worst FeaturesEngine feels a bit sluggish in first gear if you do not launch aggressively. Base stereo needs work: 8 speakers but sound quality is mediocre (muddy bass, lacks some clarity), volume knob adjusts in big steps so the volume is either too high or too low, fast forward feature for CDs is way too slow. Since doors automatically lock above 10mph, they should automatically unlock once the engine is turned off.
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