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Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.8
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2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Review

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen has an upscale interior, a smooth ride, easy-to-use tech features, and a sizable cargo area. It’s not a class leader, but it is a wagon worth considering.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Well-built interior
  • Poised handling
  • Large cargo space

 

 

  • Few advanced safety features

 

2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Overview

Is the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen a Good Used Wagon?

The 2014 Jetta SportWagen is a decent option if you’re shopping for a used wagon. It has a refined and comfortable interior, a pleasant ride, and a large cargo space. It’s also one of the most affordable vehicles in its class. That said, the SportWagen is tough to recommend over top rivals – many of which offer more advanced safety features and better reliability.

The 2014 Jetta SportWagen has a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed automatic is available. This engine has adequate acceleration, but it feels sluggish when paired with the automatic. A 140-horsepower 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine (TDI) is found in higher trims. It’s matched with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. All 2014 SportWagen models are front-wheel drive and provide a comfortable ride with quick, responsive steering.

All Jetta diesel models (TDI) are affected by Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal. They will require future modifications to meet EPA emission standards. Shoppers looking for used TDI models should be cautious, as these modifications may alter fuel economy and performance. Check out How Badly Has the VW Diesel Scandal Hurt VW? to learn more.

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The 2014 Jetta SportWagen seats five on standard cloth upholstery and heated front seats. Leatherette upholstery is available, and it looks like the real thing. The Jetta’s front seats offer ample headroom and legroom. Its rear seats are shorter on space, but still roomy enough for two average-sized adults. There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the second row. When not in use, the 60/40 split rear seats can fold to boost cargo space from 32.8 cubic feet to a generous 66.9 cubic feet.

The SportWagen’s cabin impresses with high-end looks that wouldn’t appear out of place in a luxury car. The dashboard has an elegant design, soft-touch plastics, and logically placed controls for audio, phone, and climate functions. All models come equipped with Bluetooth and a CD player. You’ll have to look beyond the base S trim level if you want a touch-screen radio, however. Models with satellite navigation receive a 5-inch touch screen, which can be awkward to use because of its small size. Models without navigation have a larger and easier-to-use display. Both systems offer satellite radio, iPod connectivity, and a simple menu structure.

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Used 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Prices

The average price of a used 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen ranges from about $13,900 for a base model S trim with a manual transmission to around $17,000 for the SE with Sunroof trim. Prices vary based on demand and depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen?

The 2014 Jetta SportWagen has an average reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. Class leaders for reliability include the 2014 Toyota Prius V and 2014 Acura TSX Sport Wagon.

How Safe Is the Jetta SportWagen?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen a score of Good – the highest rating possible – in all four areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the car four out of five stars in rollover crash testing.

While these are good crash test scores, the Jetta SportWagen offers no active safety features, such as forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control. These systems are common among class competitors. Base TDI models are outfitted with a rearview camera (not available in gasoline models).

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Should I Consider Another Used Jetta SportWagen?

The Jetta SportWagen was produced from 2009 to 2014. In addition to the 2014 SportWagen, you may want to cross-shop 2012 and 2013 models. Volkswagen made only minimal updates to the SportWagen for those model years, so you may find similarly equipped 2012 and 2013 wagons at a lower price than the 2014 model.

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Which Used Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Jetta SportWagen comes in three trim levels. The base 2.5 S trim has roof rails, cloth upholstery, heated front seats, 60/40 split folding rear seats, Bluetooth, a CD player, cruise control, and air conditioning. The 2.5 SE trim adds leatherette upholstery, a touch-screen radio, satellite radio, and an iPod connection. The 2.0 TDI trim adds a rearview camera; a TDI-only navigation package adds a 5-inch touch screen with satellite navigation and proximity keyless entry.

If possible, look for a used Jetta SportWagen 2.5 SE model. It hits a sweet spot with its easy-to-use tech features, luxe cabin materials, and lower-than-average used car price.

You may want to shop for a certified pre-owned Jetta SportWagen. Volkswagen provides a two-year/24,000-mile limited warranty on all of its certified pre-owned vehicles. Each CPO Volkswagen must pass a 160-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Volkswagen warranty page carefully.

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen or 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen?

The Jetta SportWagen was replaced in 2015 by the Golf SportWagen. Despite this name change, both cars offer comparable practicality, with 66 cubic feet of cargo room, ample seating space, and a comfortable ride. You can find used Jetta SportWagens at a lower price, but the Golf is the better buy. Its interior feels even more upscale and comes fitted with better standard features. The Golf offers advanced available safety features, including adaptive lights that pivot around turns, forward collision warning, and parking sensors. The Golf SportWagen also earns slightly higher gas mileage. Both the Golf and Jetta TDI models are affected by Volkswagen’s emissions scandal.

Which Is Better: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen or 2014 Subaru Outback?

The 2014 Subaru Outback is a better option if you’re shopping for a used wagon. While the Outback often costs more than the Jetta, it offers a roomier cabin, a larger cargo space, higher reliability, and a standard all-wheel-drive system for improved traction in inclement weather. The Outback is also available with a suite of active safety features that the Jetta can’t match, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake assist, and lane departure warning.

Which Is Better: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen or 2014 Honda CR-V?

Compact SUVs have emerged as more practical alternatives to wagons in recent years, and the 2014 Honda CR-V follows that trend. Used Jetta SportWagens are often less expensive, but the CR-V is a better buy. It offers a more spacious interior, a larger cargo area, much higher reliability, and the choice between front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models. The CR-V also offers better standard features, including a rearview camera and support for Pandora internet radio, as well as better options like rear-seat DVD screens. There’s a reason why the CR-V is one of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S.

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