VW Jetta SportWagen on the Way

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When Volkswagen unveiled the polarizing design of the new Jetta in early 2005, we in the media expected a wagon version to arrive a short time later. Fast forward more than two years, and the wagon is finally here. Don’t be confused by the European name “Golf Variant,” that’s just the silly way they name the Jetta wagon over there.

After a quick look at the new wagon, we can’t really say it was worth the wait. Sure, the front and profile seem to be in proportion, but VW just lost us with the bland back end. It looks like every other car on the road, not something unique. Many may not like the design of the sedan, but at least it stands out.

We do like the utilitarian functionality of the wagon, though, with its fold-flat floor expanding the cargo area to 55 cubic feet. The Jetta SportWagen will arrive in the U.S. around September as a 2008 model, with the same base engine as the Jetta sedan — an inline-five-cylinder — and the peppy 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder we’ve driven extensively in other VWs and Audis. A diesel version will probably go on sale alongside the Jetta TDI sedan in 2008. Photo gallery below.

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Comments 

I'm with you guys on the rear end -- now it looks like an old E-Class station wagon. As in ponderous. The old Jetta wagon is one of my favorite vehicles -- it's a shame they could not do something more with the new version. My new favorite small wagon design is now the Volvo V50.

LM

Yeah, that back end looks like it belongs on a Kia or Hyundai.

Happymantis

It breaks my heart that VW designed a car that so perfectly meets my needs, yet is so unreliable that I'm forced to purchase a less-exciting Japanese sedan instead.

red forman

Yeah, the rear end carries the bland, let's make something that looks like a Toyota theme. Too bad really..

LM

Don't knock toyota here, the only wagon they have is the Matrix, and it looks a lot better than this thing - and its 5 years old. So if they wanted to create a toyota knock-off they could have.

This new VW jetta sportswagen wasn't able to satisfy its VW fans with its features. The old version of the jetta was a great one.

Cool features. I'm a volkswagen fan, I really love their designs... and the ride was so comfortable. I'm pretty sure jetta is a better innovation. Their accessories are too cool. Just recently i both a new vw PIAA bulbs - http://www.speedyperformanceparts.com/speedy/volkswagen_6.html - and some more accessories online.

Blonde Guy

Other websites with more information about this VW model give specifications for more weight capacity, more volume and better fuel economy than the previous TDI wagon.

The new diesel is a 50-state engine, while the previous model was not available in CARB states. For some customers, this is a big step up from the old Jetta Wagon.

tdiesel

I agree the back end is a bit KIAish which is a bit of a oxymoron because the Koreans just seem to steal there styling from everyone else but I see the point, blandness.
Somone pointed out VW's unreliability I would like to clairify Locks and accesories are thier main problem. Mechanical reliability with VW is fairly good. I will admit German cars don't take lack of maintenence abuse etc like toyotas do but all are fun to drive, efficeint and very safe. Speeking of oxymorons Matrix good styling.

The new style wagon will grow on you. I first looked at the photos...and had some reservation. I do think it will be an improvement over the Jetta IV wagon. I have an '04 w/15,000 miles and love it.

Reliability...some vw's just last forever, although at times, they suffer a few problems. Overall, you cannot compare a VW with ANY Japanise vehicle, they are two different blood lines. The VW has character and tradition, designed for the autobahn, not a place with 40 mph max speed limits anywhere.

I will probably replace my Jetta MKIV with the new sport wagon with the tdi option, or bluetec.

Mike

Ronny & Kaoru Smith

We have no ideal why this wagon is getting so many bad reviews. Itvery stylish and impressive. It was time that VW start designing new style of Jettas and such. This wagon design is very sleek and attractive likes its Passat predecessor. Look forward to getting into a TDI version.

Bill Moller


Looks are secondary. This marvelous engine with its clean performance and world class mileage is primary...maybe looks are tertiary... Number 2 is transmission WHICH I HOPE WILL INCLUDE A MANUAL...and not only DSG.

wagges

(1) Don't debate looks. To me the Jetta wagon looks great: form follows function, and in good taste! Others may prefer the looks of a Prius or a Vibe!
(2) Reliability: I'd rather have a car with only one engine, no expensive batteries and no complicated electronic dodas to combine both into one hybrid!
(3) And the TDI is a fast car! It moves like gangbusters. THIS IS A 50 mpg TRUE HIGH PERFORMANCE CAR! I recently drove one in Europe. You'll never be embarrassed speeding around in one in the USA, when the day finally arrives...

Cheryl Carroll

I like the styling. If they played with the lines too much it might lose some cargo area or easy access.

I love that the rear cargo area is at the same level as the hatch opening. It is a PITA to move heavy objects over an edge when loading and unloading. This car will be great for vacation trips and runs to the grocery store and the building supply store. You can't beat 40+ MPG in real world driving.

I'll definitely be trading in my Jetta TDI sedan for the Jetta TDI Sportwagon when it's released in the USA.

twinstick

I've driven the new TDI and was very impressed. The Sportwagon wasn't all that bad looking, so I don't know why some folks are upset by it. I just wonder how well equiped you can get it.

JMN

For those who've decided they don't like the look of the Sportwagen. What are you talking about?? There's really no other wagon in it's class to compare to! The back end looks clean and uncluttered..including the tail lights...look again, study it.
What else is out there? A Subaru? Other than the Forester(ugly) you definitely be needed to hold down the rear seats in have any real cargo room. Matrix...you call that a wagon? The roof makes it look like it's wearing a bonnet...oooh and love the huge MATRIX name on the back..lol Crunch some number before you but the TDI. Unless you drive a lot of miles and plan on keeping it many years it will take awhile to pay for the price differential figuring in diesel prices and other extra maintenance expenses.

JMN

For those who've decided they don't like the look of the Sportwagen. What are you talking about?? There's really no other wagon in it's class to compare to! The back end looks clean and uncluttered..including the tail lights...look again, study it.
What else is out there? A Subaru? Other than the Forester(ugly) you definitely be needed to hold down the rear seats in have any real cargo room. Matrix...you call that a wagon? The roof makes it look like it's wearing a bonnet...oooh and love the huge MATRIX name on the back..lol Crunch some number before you but the TDI. Unless you drive a lot of miles and plan on keeping it many years it will take awhile to pay for the price differential figuring in diesel prices and other extra maintenance expenses.

JMN

For those who've decided they don't like the look of the Sportwagen. What are you talking about?? There's really no other wagon in it's class to compare to! The back end looks clean and uncluttered..including the tail lights...look again, study it.
What else is out there? A Subaru? Other than the Forester(ugly) you definitely be needed to hold down the rear seats in have any real cargo room. Matrix...you call that a wagon? The roof makes it look like it's wearing a bonnet...oooh and love the huge MATRIX name on the back..lol Crunch some number before you but the TDI. Unless you drive a lot of miles and plan on keeping it many years it will take awhile to pay for the price differential figuring in diesel prices and other extra maintenance expenses.

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