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2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Review

Though the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen has less rear-seat space than some rivals, test drivers liked its upscale interior and the diesel Jetta SportWagen’s great fuel economy.

Pros & Cons

  • Premium cabin materials
  • TDI model’s great fuel economy
  • Tight back seats

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Wagons category. Currently the Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen has a score of 8.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 42 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.8
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2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Overview

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen models from 2013 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 base 2013 VW Jetta SportWagen comes with a four-cylinder gasoline engine, and reviewers wrote that it delivers adequate off-the-line acceleration and respectable power for highway passing. The Jetta SportWagen TDI comes with a turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. Many automotive journalists preferred the diesel-powered Jetta SportWagen because it gets better fuel economy than the gasoline model and has strong passing power. The base Jetta SportWagen comes with a five-speed manual transmission, and a six-speed automatic is available, while the diesel model is available with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automated manual. According to the EPA, the base 2013 VW Jetta SportWagen gets 23/33 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class, while the diesel model gets up to 30/42, which is excellent for a wagon. Reviewers said the Jetta SportWagen has a comfortable ride, powerful brakes and accurate, nicely weighted steering. Test drivers wrote that it handles nimbly overall, though some noticed marked body roll when taking very sharp corners.

Reviewers agreed that the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen has a nicer cabin than many wagons, with upscale materials and excellent build quality. They also appreciated its straightforward dashboard layout and intuitive audio and climate controls. The front seats are spacious and highly adjustable for taller people, said automotive critics, and the rear seat is comfortable, though it lacks legroom for those taller than 6 feet. The 2013 Jetta SportWagen has a maximum of 66.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which is above average for the class. Standard features include an auxiliary input and Bluetooth. Leatherette upholstery, an iPod input, proximity key, push-button start, navigation and a panoramic glass sunroof are available.

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Other Wagons to Consider

Critics appreciated the 2013 Subaru Outback’s spacious front and rear seats, as well as its cargo area, which is one of the largest in the class. They also liked its powerful available six-cylinder engine and the extra traction provided by its standard all-wheel drive system.

The 2013 Toyota Prius v gets fantastic gas mileage, and reviewers wrote that transitions between gas and electric power are seamless. Critics liked its roomy back seat, which can slide and recline, and its large, versatile cargo area.

Compare the Jetta SportWagen, Outback and Prius v »


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