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2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Review

The 2009 Jetta SportWagen’s base engine has one of the best fuel economy ratings in the class and fuel economy improves with the other two available engines. A lot of cargo space for a compact wagon also makes the Jetta SportWagen a worthy choice.

Pros & Cons

  • High fuel economy for the class
  • Three available engines
  • Large cargo space for the class
  • No all-wheel drive available

Rankings & Research

The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen's #7 ranking is based on its score within the 2009 Wagons category. Currently the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.3
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Overview

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen models from 2009 with diesel engines are part of the massive Volkswagen recall because they do not meet U.S. emissions standards. Volkswagen will contact owners when they have remedied the problem and will fix the cars for free. The cars are safe to drive. Read more on the Volkswagen diesel recalls

The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen had three available engines when it was new, including a five-cylinder base engine that comes standard with a manual transmission and front-wheel drive. The base engine gets high fuel economy ratings of 20/29 mpg city/highway with the available automatic transmission. Reviewers said the engine was smooth when accelerating, but at more than 40 mph, it was difficult and slow. The available turbocharged four-cylinder engine and diesel four-cylinder engine with an available automatic transmission get better fuel economy ratings of 22/29 and 29/40 mpg, respectively. Test drivers said the turbocharged engine is great for those who need more power. Although the diesel engine is known for its high fuel economy, it also gave test drivers good passing power on the highway. Reviewers liked the handling of the Jetta SportWagen and many of them called it sporty and fun to drive. The Jetta SportWagen does not offer all-wheel drive like some others in its class did.

The 2009 Jetta SportWagen has a comfortable and functional interior, according to most reviewers. They also said that the back seat could fit two adults or three children comfortably. Even though the Jetta SportWagen is considered a compact wagon by most reviewers, there’s a generous 32.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back seat. Standard features and amenities include heated power mirrors, cruise control, keyless remote entry, a stereo system with eight speakers and an auxiliary audio jack.  Features on higher trims or features that were optional when it was new include a six-disc CD player, satellite radio, leather upholstery, 12-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support and automatic climate control.


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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Subaru Outback has standard all-wheel drive. Reviewers liked the available turbocharged engine’s passing power.

The 2009 Volkswagen Passat Wagon is a great option for those who like the Jetta SportWagen and want more space. The Passat Wagon has 35.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row.

Compare the Jetta SportWagen to the Outback and Passat Wagon »


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