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What's New for Jetta SportWagen in 2013

For the launch of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, very little has changed. In fact, it is relatively the same as the 2012 model, except for the following: The entry-level S model is now equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a trip computer as standard..more

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen continues on relatively unchanged from the previous model year, even though the Jetta sedan was redesigned for the 2011 model. While some may want the Jetta SportWagen to be upgraded, one complaint about the new Jetta Sedan was the change in chassis that accompanied the redesign. The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen continues to be built on the same chassis as the Volkswagen Golf, and acts as the link between the Golf and the Tiguan in the Volkswagen lineup.

There are two different engines and three trim lines to choose from for the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. The S and SE models are powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that runs on regular gas, while the TDI model is equipped with a diesel 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. With seating for up to five passengers, and a good sized cargo area, the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen provides an alternative for those who want to get away from the crossover SUV models.

Exterior

The exterior of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen remains unchanged from previous years’ models. It has a much more rounder look when it is compared to the newly redesigned Jetta sedan, and it continues to be built on the Golf chassis instead of the new chassis used for the sedan. The entry-level S model of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is fitted with 16-inch steel wheels, while the SE and TDI have 16-inch alloy wheels as standard. The alloy wheels are available as an option for the base model. A 17-inch alloy wheel package can be added to the SE and TDI trim lines, as can a panoramic sunroof. All models are fitted with roof rails to increase cargo capacity beyond that found in the spacious cargo area in the interior.

Interior & Cargo

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen can seat up to five passengers across two rows of seats. The front seats of all models are heated and have a power-adjustable backrest. The rear seats are comprised of a 60/40-split folding bench that includes a center pass-through. Seating is upholstered in the base model, and covered with a leatherette vinyl in the SE and TDI models.

Standard features in all models of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen include keyless entry, full-power accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning, an adjustable front armrest, a trip computer, and Bluetooth connectivity. The eight-speaker audio system of the base model is upgraded to a ten-speaker system with a touchscreen interface, HD radio, and an iPod connection in the SE and TDI models. A navigation system is available as an option in the TDI model of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen.

Safety

Standard safety equipment for all three models of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen includes anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front-seat head restraints, a tire pressure monitoring system, front side-impact airbags, and full-length side-curtain airbags.

Driving Experience

The S and SE models of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen are equipped with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that provides 170 horsepower (hp) and 177 lb-ft of torque. The S model is fitted with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while the SE has a six-speed automatic transmission as standard, which is optional for the S model. The EPA gas ratings for the S and SE are 24/33 mpg city/highway with the manual transmission and 24/31 mpg city/highway with the automatic.

The TDI model has a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine. It is coupled with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, while a six-speed automated manual transmission is available as an option. The powertrain provides 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque, and has an EPA fuel economy of 30/42 mpg city/highway with the manual and 29/39 mpg city/highway with the automated manual transmission.

Driving the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen falls somewhere between a sport sedan and a crossover SUV. The steering is not as precise as the sport sedan and the body roll is significantly worse, but the lower center of gravity and handling are significantly better than a crossover SUV. All models provide a quiet and comfortable ride, but the TDI has a much greater range, and is slightly noisier, than then the regular gas-powered models.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta-SportWagen

  • 2013 Mazda5
  • 2013 Subaru Outback
  • 2013 Toyota Matrix
  • 2013 Ford C-MAX Hybrid

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2013 Jetta SportWagen Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Power Locks
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Privacy Glass
  • Roof Rail

Interior

  • Cargo Cover

Safety

  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Heated Wiper/Washers
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Stability Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable

Tires and Wheels

  • Wheel Covers
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