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"Hybrid on Steroids" by John on 09/20/2008. Trim: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Great fit and finish/ 39mpg average/ engine torque ensures six speed transmission to work effortlessly/Huge sunroof, like driving a convertible/ user friendly gps-great sounding entertainment system/ 6ft 5 height (225lbs) in back seats (comfortable) with more to spare in front seats/ Quiet diesel motor (sounds like a gas motor), with plenty of power/ New warranties on 2009s/ Comfortable ride/ Great braking/ Steering is tight/ Six speed transmission is quiet and smooth/ Easy to read gauges..
Cons: Needs ignition key lights/ Dual climate controls/ More options/ Sunroof netting/ No glove box light...
Overall review: If your comparing this with a battery hybrid vehicle, "there is no need to". Hands down this VW sportwagen will run circles around any hybrid vehicle its size. Diesel will outlast and outperform any of these battery hybrids. MPG+Longevity=VOLKSWAGEN TDI. Very nice car....
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Sweet German Machine by Mitch on 06/23/2009. Trim: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen SE, Owned 1 year.
Pros: This is a great vehicle, even on long trips. Fun to drive with 6 speed manual. I drove diesels in Germany several years ago. This is a much better and cleaner vehicle. No comparison to the older diesel image. The 4 banger turbo is all the HP you need. It is fast - fast enough to get tickets; so drive carefully when you are in this machine, especially when passing on the Pennslyvania and Ohio turnpikes. (going from 60 to 85 mph is reached quickly!) I average around 40 to 42.5 mph when I drive on interstate highways, setting cruise control as much as possible at 65 or 70 mph. The Jetta Sportswagen is built to drive, not to sit in a driveway or garage.
Cons: The center console area is hard and rubs against my leg. The road noise is a bit loud on concrete roads. I think some additional sound or undercoating would help with the noise.
Overall review: Very smart buy.
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My Long Range and Posh SUV by Eekamouse01 on 08/07/2012. Trim: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Posh interior, all powered windows with both L&R 1-touch up/down controls; excellent year-round handling; good lumbar support, telescoping, adjustable steering column; truck-like interior carry capacity with (max 1500lbs) tow-capability; excellent turn radius; excellent audio performance (* added a 200W Infinity Basslink for deeper response); can hold 4x footlockers + 3x filled dufflebags + 2x cases of beer (bottles) + 2x cases of wine + small cooler + 2x 3-man tents + 4x bags groceries + 4x fishing rods + subwoofer* and still have room for passenger/codriver in a partially reclined position with sufficient legroom; 550+ miles per tank fully loaded (as stated above); excellent long range.
Cons: OEM 17-inch tires barely lasted 30K miles (replaced with Continental ExtremeContact DWS for excellent year-round handling in CO); Premium iPod adapter delivers poor iPod control, little data information on the LCD display and poor ability to search/control the iPod from the headset; TDI 6-spd M/T did not offer AV controls on the steering wheel; fog lights only available as an aftermarket option; full-size spare is a glorified donut (replaced with 5th Conti DWS - sufficient room in the storage wheel well); low tire pressure guage does not show which tire is low or the air pressure, just a warning symbol; center sunguard (above rearview mirror) only tinted - no visor flap like in Euro models
Overall review: Have driven numerous times, year round, to TX, CA and MI from CO, with and without a full payload and fuel consumption has been amazing (example: filled up before leaving Colo Spgs, CO enroute to Palm Springs, CA. I only refilled in Albuquerque, NM before needing to refill upon arrival in Palm Springs (~1100 miles)! The ride is smooth and responsive on all terrain (both paved & unpaved). Had to invest in a LIDAR detector, as the Jetta Sportwagen yearns to stretch its legs out (it paid for itself, many times over, in AZ). The $1300 for the powered sunroof was a worthwhile investment as it offers amazing lighting and views for the driver and passengers and the full winter package (heated seats and mirrors) makes CO winters very enjoyable. I just hit 45K miles and the fuel consumption is still getting better: 31-35 City/40-55 Hwy (depending on how I drive) – cruise control is a true blessing! The storage area between the spare and the trunk space is sufficient to store many items, too!
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Is there a better buy out there? by Buckeye on 07/08/2009. Trim: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: Super mileage-I get 40 MPG in the city, yet you can bring the family and extra gear in the back. Fit/finish is very solid and the TDI comes with most options as standard (all the safety features are standard along with a respectable Sirius/CD radio and leatherette seats.) Solid feel on the road, very connected. Acceleration is fair, but probably good for a car in this class and with this kind of mileage. Car feels very nimble and easy to quickly manuever Loads of torque so I can tow quite a bit with the hitch I've installed and the cargo area in the back holds all our family sporting goods, the dog and more. If you fold the rear seats down, the usable storage space is remarkable.
Cons: Due to the deisel engine, there is a slight lag when going from a moving start. If you are cruising at 5 MPH and hit the gas hard, it takes a second for the engine to really respond. However, when it does respond, the strong torque quickly makes up for this.
Overall review: I really love this vehicle. It's practical in that it gets great mileage, (and a nice tax break at the moment), has quite a bit of room for family/storage, and can haul things if needed. With all that, it's fun to drive and the cockpit and instruments make driving a breeze. That said, it's still a station wagon, and while it's pretty attractive for a station wagon...it's still a station wagon. Either you'll be OK with having one...as I am, or you won't. If you can get over that mental hurdle, it's a whale of a car at a good price and it won't let you own. The engine will last forever and you'll only visit the pump once every 600 miles. Given a choice between this and a hybrid...well it was a no-brainer for me.
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VW TDI Sportwagen: Best Car On The Market? by Rene, Bel Air, MD on 07/02/2009. Trim: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: 1- Fuel economy 2- Driving experience is great! 3- Safety features: 10 airbags, electronic stability control, disk brakes, excellent visibility all around, tight steering, seat adjustments, controls lay-out---all spell SAFETY 4- Seating comfort, front AND back 5- Storage capacity, with rear seats up or down 6- Fit and finish are top of the line 7- Great looks
Cons: 1- Apparently, the "soft" rear bumper turns off Yakima and Thule from making a hatch-mounted bike rack. VW "recommends" the roof-top carrier; I opted for a Drawtite hitch with Thule 2-bike hatch. 2- that's about it!
Overall review: We had purchased a VW CC, their new "4-door sports coupe." It has dazzling looks, great driver, extreme comfort and controls. BUT, it just wasn't us. After just two months, we took it back and traded it in for the new VW Sportwagen TDI. This Sportwagen is the car we should have gotten in the first place. Fit us like a pair of old comfortable shoes, right from the start. Everything is laid out ergonomically, the finish makes you proud of our choice, and makes others envious (a nice little extra---don't knock it!). Of course, the quiet and clean-burning (50-state legal) diesel engine is tops. On our second tankful---that is, with the car not even broken in yet---I averaged 39.3 mpg in mixed city-highway driving. Looking forward to 45-50 mpg. If you want ride comfort, driving joy, lots of space, top-quality build and feel, and top fuel economy in a very powerful car, this is it!
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