2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Consumer Review: Great Road Car

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By teaton1 on


2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 6M)


Bought this new 9 months ago with plans on moving it to Central Europe.
This is our highway car. Very comfortable and economical. Love the steering and 6 speed manual transmission.

I am not a great diesel driver... I occasionally stall out in first gear. Not quite enough very low end torque. I stalled more so with an older Audi A6 than this VW. I love the brake assist on hills... comes standard even with the stick shift.

The radio speakers are really bad. I would never have kept the Sirius radio anyway, but if I were a radio-phile this is not the radio to have. Our Honda Fit (for the city) has a great sound system for a little car.

Overall this is an excellent buy.

Best Features

Highway comfort and economy. Helpful computer information. Great seats, steering and manual 6-speed tranny.

Worst Features

The headrests are very difficult to remove. The rears are a different mechanism than the fronts. I have to go to the manual each time to do it. When you want the entire cargo space you need to remove the rear seat head rests.
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By nplatt
on 04/17/12 15:28 PM (PDT)

there is a disconnect here. the low end torque is what makes the car what it is. I have the DSG tranny and its fantastic. I am so addicted to the torque, it reminds me of my dad's v-8 from the 60's. I have never had any issue with the speakers either. I have the highest model available here in Canada so maybe it is a different supplier. Finally if your struggling with the 6 speed manual you may want someone to help you with shifting. With diesels the shift points are earlier because the redline is lower.

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