Used 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Pros

  • Cavernous cargo space
  • very good fuel economy with TDI
  • upscale cabin
  • comfortable seats
  • refined ride.

Cons

  • TDI's premium price.
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen years
2012

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Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 SE PZEV 4dr Wagon w/Sunroof (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
63,159 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
SE PZEV
CarMax
3.1 mi away
List$13,599
Est.Loan: $254/mo
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Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 TDI 4dr Wagon w/Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
46,819 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
List$10,991
Est.Loan: $205/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Jetta SportWagen 2.0L TDI, 2.0L TDI Diesel Turbocharged, 6-Speed Automatic DSG, FWD, Blue. 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2.0L TDI Blue FWD 6-Speed Automatic DSG 2.0L TDI Diesel Turbocharged Recent Arrival! Odometer is 13372 miles below market average! 39/29 Highway/City MPG Volkswagen Combined Details: * Roadside Assistance * 100+ Point Inspection * Warranty Deductible: $50 * Limited Warranty: 24 Month/24,000 Mile beginning on the new certified purchase date or expiration of new car warranty expires (whichever occurs later) (for Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned 2012-2017 Model Years program), 12 Month/12,000 Mile beginning on the new certified purchase date or expiration of new car warranty expires (whichever occurs later) (for Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned 2018 Model Year program), 24 Month/Unlimited Mile beginning on the new certified purchase date or expiration of new car warranty expires (whichever occurs later) (for Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned TDI Models program) * 2 Years of 24-Hr Roadside Asst. Transferability See Dealer for Details * Vehicle History
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
53,483 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
(7)
King Volkswagen
16.8 mi away
List$11,599
Est.Loan: $217/mo
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Candy White 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2.0L TDI FWD 6-Speed Automatic DSG 2.0L TDI Diesel Turbocharged 16 Alloy Wheels, Heated front seats, Low tire pressure warning, Panic alarm, Radio: Premium VIII Touch-Screen, Steering wheel mounted audio controls.2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2.0L TDI FWD. Odometer is 23500 miles below market average! 3929 HighwayCity MPG
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 TDI 4dr Wagon w/Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
68,849 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
(6)
Prize Auto
25.2 mi away
List$8,990
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012
35,556 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
(3)
SMH Auto Sales
27.1 mi away
List$12,611
Est.Loan: $236/mo
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Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012
56,406 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
List$9,891
Est.Loan: $185/mo
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Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
55,685 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
List$12,788
Est.Loan: $239/mo
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$300 Below Market
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*** Diesel *** Leather *** Bluetooth *** Automatic *** Air Conditioning *** Power Door Locks/Windows/Mirrors *** Cruise Control *** Satellite/AM/FM/CD *** Touchscreen *** Auxiliary 12-Volt Power Outlets *** Tire Pressure Monitoring System *** Rear 60/40 Split Folding Seat *** Rear Cargo Cover ***CALL: 410-401-4040
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
50,228 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
List$12,700
Est.Loan: $237/mo
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Got your eye on a 2012Volkswagen Jetta that seats 5 and gets 39 MPG? With Carvana, you can get this high-quality, Carvana Certified vehicle without ever stepping foot inside a dealership! With space to toss a bike, skis, or a brand new EKTORP from Ikea this wagon gives you storage capacity rivaled only by SUV's without sacrificing the perfomance or fuel efficiency of sedans. Before making them available to you, we ensure that every Carvana vehicle is accident-free before putting it through an exhaustive reconditioning and detailing process. Take a 360-degree virtual tour - inside and out - of every vehicle in our inventory, as we detail every feature and any major imperfections that appear on the car. This particular car has passed a rigorous 150-point inspection by Jason and his talented team of ASE Certified mechanics. Worried about buyer's remorse with your online vehicle purchase? Worry no more, as every vehicle purchase comes with a 7-day test-own, allowing you to drive around town and even have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic of your choice. If the car doesn't live up to your expectations for any reason within the 7-day period, give us a call and we'll come retrieve the vehicle from you with a refund of your purchase. Have a question about the car you're looking at, or about the purchase process in general? Visit us at Carvana.com to learn more!
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 TDI 4dr Wagon w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
80,971 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
(4)
Car Web
47 mi away
List$9,797
Est.Loan: $183/mo
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GOOD CLEAN CAR FAX REPORT AND 19 DOCUMENTED SERVICE HISTORY......2012 VW Jetta Sport Wagon 2.0 TDI (Diesel) just arrived.......Factory options include, Navigation, panoramic moon roof, heated leather seats, back up camera, CD player, blue tooth, ABS brakes, traction control and so much more...... Please visit our web site at www.carwebinc.com for more detailed information and free carfax report available on this vehicle. To set up an appointment for test drive feel free to contact our sales team at 540-371-1515 ext 1. Vehicle sold with 1 month or 1000 miles power train warranty. Prices exclude, tax, tag, title and processing fee of $649.
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
31,140 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
(29)
Carbiz
47.7 mi away
List$13,500
Est.Loan: $252/mo
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: *Certified Pre-Owned* *Free Delivery, 5-Day Returns, & 1-Year Powertrain Coverage* CARFAX 1-Owner. Heated Seats, Premium Sound System, Satellite Radio, Alloy Wheels, Turbo, Diesel. CLICK ME! THE CARBIZ DIFFERENCE: Simplify your experience with No Haggle Fair Market Pricing, Non-Commissioned Salespeople, 5 Day No Questions Return Policy, 1 Year Powertrain Coverage, and a buying process that fits your lifestyle; either In-Person at one of our innovative showrooms or at your convenience Online with Free Delivery to your door. We specialize in fairness and flexibility. Google Carbiz to see what others have to say. Visit Carbiz.com to get to know us more. Volkswagen TDI with Tempest Blue Metallic exterior and Titan Black interior features a 4 Cylinder Engine with 140 HP at 4000 RPM*. Because our vehicles are priced below market value and with no hidden charges, there's absolutely no price haggling or typical dealer 'scare tactics.' The only additional cost to our Price is your State Tax, Tags, License, and $299 Dealer Processing Fee.
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
60,869 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
Auto Land Inc.
48.1 mi away
List$9,950
Est.Loan: $186/mo
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$274 Below Market
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TDI WAGON, AUTO, ONE OWNER, ONLY 60K MILES, BRAND NEW ALL FOUR TIRES, ALL DIESEL RECALLS HAS BEEN DONE,
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 TDI 4dr Wagon w/Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
46,194 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
List$12,189
Est.Loan: $228/mo
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$300 Below Market
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CARFAX One-Owner. Black 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2.0L TDI FWD 6-Speed Automatic DSG 2.0L TDI Diesel Turbocharged CLEAN CARFAX, ONE OWNER, 2.0L TDI Diesel Turbocharged, 6-Speed Automatic DSG, 17 Sport Goal Silver Alloy Wheels, Power moonroof.Recent Arrival! 3929 HighwayCity MPG
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
34,473 miles
Certified Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
List$13,688
Est.Loan: $256/mo
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$695 Below Market
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Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
84,586 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
List$10,989
Est.Loan: $205/mo
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BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: - Lowest Prices Every Day: Our market based WOW pricing utilizes competitive market pricing guides, no games. So it is easy to make an educated, hassle -free purchase from us. Many of our competitors add freight, reconditioning or certification fees to their price quotes. Your WOW price has no hidden charges. Just add tags, taxes and processing fee. - Complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report - 7 Day Exchange Policy: This policy simply states if you are not completely satisfied with your vehicle purchase, bring it back to us for a full credit towards your next vehicle, no questions asked! RECALL NOTICE: Some vehicles may be subject to manufacturer safety recalls that for various reasons may not be repaired prior to sale. You may also check for open recalls at www.safercar.gov
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 S PZEV 4dr Wagon (2.5L 5cyl 6A)
55,517 miles
Certified Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
S PZEV
List$11,000
Est.Loan: $206/mo
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*** CLEAN, ONE OWNER CARFAX *** POWER EQUIPMENT *** CD STEREO WITH AUXILIARY INPUT *** BLUETOOTH *** HEATED CLOTH SEATING *** Air Conditioning, Power Amenities, Cruise Control and Side Air Bags. *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee (not required by law). Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer.
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012
102,943 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
Your Auto Source
74.3 mi away
List$10,498
Est.Loan: $196/mo
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Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 TDI 4dr Wagon w/Sunroof (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
33,220 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
York Volkswagen
79.1 mi away
List$15,990
Est.Loan: $291/mo
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Certified Pre Owned TDI Comes with a Two Year and Unlimited Mileage Warranty. Premium 8 Audio, Heated Seats, Sunroof, Alloy Wheels, Low Miles, Call to find out more about this or the Many Other TDI's We have in Stock
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2012 TDI 4dr Wagon w/Sunroof, Navigation (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6AM)
59,260 miles
Used 2012
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
TDI
List$11,999
Est.Loan: $224/mo
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Clean, CARFAX 1-Owner, LOW MILES - 59,260! JUST REPRICED FROM $12,760. Sunroof, Navigation, Heated Seats, Satellite Radio, iPodMP3 Input, Bluetooth, Premium Sound System, Turbo Charged, Alloy Wheels, Diesel, Panoramic Roof CLICK NOW!KEY FEATURES INCLUDENavigation, Sunroof, Panoramic Roof, Heated Driver Seat, Turbocharged, Diesel, Premium Sound System, Satellite Radio, iPodMP3 Input, Bluetooth, Multi-CD Changer, Aluminum Wheels, Keyless Start, Heated Seats MP3 Player, Keyless Entry, Child Safety Locks, Heated Mirrors, Electronic Stability Control. Volkswagen TDI wSunroof & Nav with Platinum Gray Metallic exterior and Titan Black interior features a 4 Cylinder Engine with 140 HP at 4000 RPM*. Non-Smoker vehicle.AFFORDABLEReduced from $12,760. Approx. Original Base Sticker Price: $29,200*.WHO WE AREWe are located at 6631 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Faulkner Volkswagen of Mechanicsburg is your Mechanicsburg Volkswagen dealership serving Harrisburg. We are your Harrisburg area VW dealership for new, used and certified pre-owned Volkswagen cars, as well as Volkswagen financing.Pricing analysis performed on 10192018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Pretty much in a class of its own, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is a great alternative to a variety of vehicles, thanks to its versatility and available diesel engine.

vehicle overview

Compared to old-school sport-utility vehicles -- and even more modern car-based small SUVs -- the compact 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen offers much of their practicality without the significant disadvantages. The result is a vehicle with significantly greater fuel efficiency and a nimble and fun-to-drive character that those physically larger vehicles can't match.

If it seems as though the Jetta Sportwagen looks more like a Golf than the Jetta sedan, your eyes aren't deceiving you. That's because Volkswagen's two Jetta body styles only share basic components now; the sedan was recently redesigned to be more mainstream but less sophisticated and upscale. In our opinion, that leaves the Sportwagen, which pretty much carries over unchanged from last year, the all-around better Jetta. The fact that it offers more total cargo room than small SUVs like the Chevy Equinox and even Volkswagen's Tiguan is another point in its favor.

The real difference between the Sportwagen and a crossover is the driving experience. With a lower center of gravity, a European-tuned suspension and a choice of lively engines under the hood, the Jetta Sportwagen is hands-down the more enjoyable vehicle to drive. The fact that the clean-diesel TDI model manages to return hybrid-like EPA fuel economy estimates of up to 42 mpg on the highway doesn't hurt either.

If the idea of a small, sporty wagon sounds appealing, you frankly don't have many choices nowadays. That makes the 2012 VW Jetta Sportwagen all the more desirable, although it also makes it more of an alternative to those aforementioned crossovers and a number of compact sedans and hatchbacks like the Ford Focus and Mazda 3. To whatever you compare the Sportwagen, though, we're confident it'll stack up well.

Trim levels & features

The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is a five-passenger wagon offered in S, SE and TDI trim levels. The Jetta sedan and related Golf hatchback are reviewed separately.

The entry-level S model comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, roof rails, keyless entry, heated mirrors, heated windshield-washer nozzles, full power accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, heated front seats with a power-adjustable backrest, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an adjustable front armrest, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a trip computer, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The SE and TDI add 16-inch alloy wheels (optional on S), "leatherette" premium vinyl upholstery, upgraded gauges, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel and a 10-speaker audio system with a touchscreen interface, satellite radio, HD radio, a six-CD changer, an iPod interface and steering-wheel controls. A panoramic sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels are packaged together as an option on both the SE and TDI. A navigation system and keyless ignition/entry can be added to that package for the TDI.

2012 Highlights

There are no significant changes for 2012.

Performance & mpg

The front-wheel-drive VW Jetta Sportwagen S and SE are powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the S, while a six-speed automatic is optional on the S and standard on the SE. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined with the manual transmission and 24/31/26 with the automatic.

The Sportwagen TDI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder good for 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automated manual transmission known as DSG is available as an option. The latter features a Sport mode that quickens shifts and performance. Fuel economy is an impressive 30/42/34 mpg with the manual transmission and 29/39/33 with the automatic. In Edmunds performance testing, a Sportwagen TDI with the DSG automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds.

Safety

The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen comes with a long list of safety features that includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, a Sportwagen TDI with 16-inch wheels came to a stop from 60 mph in 129 feet.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Sportwagen received the top score of "Good" in the frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests.

Driving

While the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen is no sports car, it's certainly a lot more fun and responsive to drive than similarly practical small SUVs. The steering feels precise and handling is respectable, though the suspension allows enough body roll to put a bit of a damper on enthusiastic driving.

In terms of everyday motoring, the Jetta Sportwagen offers a comfortable ride and a relatively quiet interior. TDI models are light-years ahead of the diesel-powered passenger cars of decades past, though this powertrain does generate a bit more vibration and noise than the gasoline engine. But in our opinion, the TDI is the way to go thanks to its combination of snappier acceleration and outstanding fuel economy.

Interior

In a rare case of the original being better than the "new and improved" version, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen offers an interior that's noticeably nicer than the more recently redesigned Jetta sedan. Materials are top quality, with soft-touch plastics and handsome metal trim. Even the premium vinyl "leatherette" upholstery in the SE and TDI models looks and feels a lot better in person than its description might imply.

The cabin also earns high marks for user-friendliness. Engaging audio and climate controls is a straightforward matter, as is operating the optional navigation system. The navigation system does lack some functionality compared to other systems, though, due to its smallish screen.

As far as occupant comfort goes, the Sportwagen's interior offers a good amount of room up front. The backseat is a bit tighter, but not objectionably so. There's also a surprising amount of cargo-carrying capability here, with 32.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 66.9 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded down.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.

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taekwond00m,12/08/2011
First time VW owner and wondering why I waited so long. Previously dubbed as a "subaru girl" now converted after driving this fabulous ride! It's tight handling and peppy engine are amazing. Love the front wheel drive in this northern Minn climate. Great front, side and rear visibility -- especially with the back seats down. Amazingly smooth and quiet ride for a small car. I've owned 3 Subarus, 1 Jeep, and a Honda Civic. This SportWagen is by far my absolute favorite. Love it love it love it. p.s. I am a 5'4" female. Only drawback is the head rest on front seat -- because I'm short, makes me kinda hunch forward. Removed for now while thinking of an alternative. Great financing.
Best car I've ever owned
joseph humphrey,12/14/2015
This is a follow up review. I've owned this car for a somewhat over a month now. I mostly want to report on fuel economy. One of the big knocks on the 2.5L motor is that it is thirsty for it's class. The first tank I calculated I got 24mpg in 70/30 city/highway. Which is the EPA estimate for city. This was driving in full manual mode on the auto and let's say..."spirited" driving. 2nd tank I put in regular drive mode and with same commute & little tamer driving, I got 28. Last tank, with no hypermiling, just no full throttle sprints and driving speed limit I got almost 29mpg. Pretty impressive. My only complaint is the audio system is pretty lame. It lacks the modern features like bluetooth, etc, though I really don't care. My beef is it sounds a bit harsh in the midrange even at moderate volumes. Oh well, it is a base model. If I gave it a knock on ride comfort, this car has factory upgrade 18" wheels. The low profile tires definitely help with handling, but do increase noise and cabin impact. If you want a cushy ride...stick with higher profile tires. I like the trade off myself. This might be one of the best 'do it all cars' out there for a very reasonable sum. Looks good, above average interior quality, supurb front seat comfort, sporty handling and fairly quick when pushed. Overall, favorite car I've ever driven, and there's been a few. Accords, BMW3's, Audi A4s among them. Sure some of them were better at some things, but not as good in total. Don't understand why anyone who needs utility and doesn't go off road would choose an SUV or even worse...IMHO a crossover. So far no reliability issues in 1K mi. I realize that with German cars you have to be pretty fastidious with following maintenance. They are not 'drive and forget'. Ok, this is my follow up review after 14 months and now 63K on the clock I LOVE this car. Every time I see it or drive it it makes me smile, and what's better than that? Zero problems after 14 months, other than the inside hatch release is a bit wonky. (apparently a somewhat common issue, though cheap to fix) I think VW got a bad quality rep when they first started building cars in Mexico, but once they got to the MK5's (2009) I think they took care of that problem. I baby it when the engine is cold, but other than that, I drive it pretty hard, just because it's so much fun. As stated earlier, the fit and finish, especially of the interior are in a league with luxury cars. The much maligned Tiptronic transmission shifts just fine in manumatic or sport mode. In std D, it is programmed more toward economy. The front seats are super comfortable but firm and supportive for spirited driving. The ride is quite firm and maybe harsh for some, but this particular car as 18" wheels with performance tires. But the handling is superb, especially for what is essentially an econo box. Yeah, the rear seats are a bit tight, but is a compact car. But plenty of cargo room, although you can't haul a sheet of plywood....even half sheet as the hatch opening is too narrow. Yes, the maintenance cost are higher than a Japanese or US car but I can live with it. I did give it a poor review for expected resale value, as VW has taken a beating due to the TDI scandal, and most people in the US don't want a wagon anyway. It doesn't have all the latest tech, but it is a 2012. Yep, the sound system still blows and I wish VW had offered the 2.0T for all years, along with a limited slip diff. But, the 2.5 is supposed to be the most reliable engine and the tiptoe tranny doesn't require those expensive 40K flushes. I still haven't installed the sport suspension (just haven't had time) Even if I take a beating on resale (though I'll probably own this until it's completely worn out) I think this car is an outstanding value. Plus there simply is no other affordable US market wagon, that is a real car and not a fake SUV. However, after talking to some people on VWvortex, I do realize that those folks who live in snow country do want a high ground clearance/all wheel drive vehicle......hence the new Alltrak. (We get cold here, but not a lot of snow. I'm sold on VW, despite the scandal , and some past quality problems. I'm generally not forgiving of corporate malfeasance, but I respect quality engineering and design. If I had the money would I drive something else? A MK7 Sportwagon SE or if a lot more money a MK7 Golf R. Ok now I'm at 67K miles. Still not a single problem. I still love driving it. I am a fanatic about upkeep. I have done all the recommended fluid and filter flushes, inc tranny and brakes. I upgraded brakes to Optimal brand e-coated rotors and EBC Red (street/performance) pads, even though shop that installed said stock brakes were fine. I think the brake feel is much improved by the pads and the 'hat's on stock were rusty. The new ones look much nicer. I did not go with drilled or slotted as too expensive. This is a great car and hell of a bargain.
poor man's audi
joseph humphrey,11/05/2015
Now have 67K miles. So far zero issues. I did trans and brake fluid flush and changed out brake pads and rotors to higher performance version. Not needed, but I really like the brake feel. I drive it pretty hard. Favorite car ever. Had 2.5 years and still love it. Yes I wish it had the 2.0 T motor for more power, it has enough to make it fun. VW's are reliable cars. But, as said. before, you must maintain and the cost are somewhat high. But that is a fair trade off to me for an enjoyable driving experience. 6 model years old and it looks and drives like a brand new car. If you want to drive and forget.....go Toyota, but if you want a fun daily driver....get a VW. (If you really want to hammer it....turn off traction control......seems counter intuitive, but it pulls harder, especially out of corners) While I still have not installed sport suspension.....this car is just stupid fun to drive considering the cost and the segment. I don't think anything can touch. (Maybe an Mazda 3...maybe) I just picked this up from the dealer. Dunno anything about reliability or milage yet. But this car exceeds my high expectations. In fact I expected so much I bought it without ever driving one. Sounds crazy, but the first time I ever drove one was one the trip home from the dealer. Handling was much better than I expected. The pro review says not sports car like but nimble. Well I used to drive a BMW 325CSi with sport suspension and on a twisty road I tried, this doesn't give up a lot, even with all season tires. Sure a little body roll, but at the expense of comfort. Honestly the roll was less than expected. I thought going in I'd want to upgrade suspension. It does have upgrade 18" wheels. A lot of carping on the net about the 2.5L with the tiptronic tranny, but for an old guy like me it's quite adequate with the tranny in sport mode anyway. I wanted a wagon. I hate SUV's and Crossovers, but I have a lot of stuff to haul for my business. And there's really no other choice. I can't afford BMW, MB or Volvo. Suburb insist on making theirs look like a fake SUV and their interiors are junky looking. The fit, finish and interior quality of the car is first rate. The seats comfort is superb. Buying experience was first rate too. Dealer was actually a pleasure to work with and gave me the first deal if ever felt good about. VW rep may be tarnished due to the TDI scandal, but they really do produce unique and quality products. I really think is an Audi the working stiff can afford. Now if it only holds up.......... Well after 6 months, not a single problem. While the 2.5L engine is adequate, I do wish VW offered the 2.0 Turbo. However this does have plenty of midrange torque and the mileage is better than expected. If I drive sensible I can get nearly 29mpg in mixed city/hwy. I still can't believe how well it handles., but not one to leave well enough alone, I have ordered VW factory sport springs and Koni Sport shocks. I think the best thing I can say about it, is if it were wrecked or stolen, I'd immediately get another. If I had to nit pick on one thing, the sound system is not all that great, but it is a base model car. Its now May and car has nearly 64K miles. So far not a single problem. Favorite car I've ever owned. Now November, only a few more miles (approaching 66K.....have very short commute) Still, not a single issue, however I do all the required maintenance. Oil, filters, trans fluid and even brake fluid flush. Put on Goodyear Eagle F1 tires and made the car even more fun to drive. Better grip and a more comfortable ride. Used to think the 18" wheels made it a bit harsh, but it was a tire issue (came w/ Fierce Instinct.....and entry level 'performance A/S tire) I also upgraded to aftermarket rotors (Optimal) and EBC red stuff pads. Really nice improvement in initial bite and easier to modulate. Still haven't installed sport suspension. Other than a few rock chips and a bit of curb rash on one wheel, the car still looks essentially brand new. Maybe, I'm just lucky, but I'm convinced that they key reliability in this or any German car, is to do the required service. Yes, that makes them a bit pricer to own than say a Toyota. But sure a lot more fun.
MPG
geo02r1,12/13/2012
I purchased a 2012 VW sportwagon se 2.5 rather than a Nissan Frontier truck mostly for the MPG. Having owned a Toyota that had lower EPA MPG, I thought it was a good move. The car's EPA MPG is 23 city/31 Hwy. I expected 25-26 combined. I'm getting 18-19 driving conservatively. I went to the dealer thinking there was something wrong and was told it's fine. I contacted VW Corp. and was told it's the way I drive. WARNING VOLKSWAGON MPG IS FALSE !!!!!! I WISH I NEVER BUY A VOLKSWAGON
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Features & Specs

MPG
29 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Diesel
140 hp @ 4000 rpm
MPG
29 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Diesel
140 hp @ 4000 rpm
MPG
29 city / 39 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed automated manual
Diesel
140 hp @ 4000 rpm
MPG
24 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
170 hp @ 5700 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover12.1%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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