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2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Trims

S

Avg. Price: $17,633

Need a lot of stuff hauled in a decently priced, agile, well-equipped, good looking family-oriented wagon? Look no further than the base 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen S. This 5-passenger, 5-door compact wagon boasts nearly 67 cubic feet of cargo space with the split-folding rear seats down, while featuring a pass-through rear center-folding armrest, fold-flat front passenger seat and under-floor rear storage bin besides. Not only that, but this Golf-inspired wagon sports standard 16-inch steel wheels, a roof rack, cloth upholstery, heated, power-adjustable front seats, and front and rear floor mats to go along with telescoping tilt-wheel steering and cruise control. And that’s not all. Remote power door locks, power windows and heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors join with standard air conditioning, an 8-speaker, single-CD-player audio system and Bluetooth hands-free communications technology to round out this feature-heavy base trim. Options, meantime, include carpeted front and rear floor mats, a rear spoiler, uniquely Jetta splash guards and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Powering the front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2012 Jetta SportWagen S is the standard 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder engine (I5) that puts out 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque when mated with the new-for-2012 6-speed manual transmission. Mileage with the 6-speed stick is estimated at 23 mpg city/33 highway, while a 6-speed shiftable auto-manual transmission with sport mode is also available for this base trim, with mileage in the range of 24/31.

Standard safety features in the 2012 SportWagen S include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and a front head-restraint whiplash protection system. Additional safety items include daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a remote antitheft alarm and a post-collision safety system.

S PZEV

Avg. Price: $17,985

Though it’s the base trim of the SportWagen lineup, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen S PZEV doesn’t skimp on the amenities. Starting with almost 67 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, a cargo bin beneath the cargo bay, standard 16-inch steel wheels, heated power outside mirrors and a roof rack, the goodies keep on coming with cloth upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats, telescoping tilt-wheel steering and cruise control. Additionally, front and rear floor mats, air conditioning, remote power door locks and power windows, a folding front passenger seatback, and a center pass-through folding rear armrest ensure even more cabin comfort. Entertainment, meanwhile, is provided by the standard single-CD/MP3 player and 8 speakers, with phone duties eased by Bluetooth hands-free technology. Options include splash guards, a Jetta-inspired rear spoiler, a protection kit, front and rear carpeted floor mats and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Standard in the 2012 Jetta SportWagen S PZEV is a capable 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder (I5) powerplant that combines with a new 6-speed manual transmission for 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, to the tune of 23 mpg city/33 highway. Available to this green-leaning compact wagon is a 6-speed shiftable auto-manual transmission with selectable sport mode that gets an estimated 24/31. As its moniker indicates, the S PZEV’s five-banger is poked and prodded to conform to strict California emissions standards, resulting in the PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) designation. Be advised, by the way, that the Sportwagen S PZEV is available only in front-wheel-drive (FWD) configuration.

Safety-wise, the 2012 Jetta S PZEV comes with standard 4-wheel antilock braking (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front seat-mounted airbags and front head-restraint whiplash protection. Additional safety equipment includes daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a remote antitheft alarm and a post-collision safety system.

SE

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Avg. Price: $19,388

Some amped-up cabin and appearance amenities distinguish the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen SE from its lesser sibling. This 5-passenger, 5-door compact wagon boasts nearly 67 cubic feet of cargo area with the rear seats folded, a rear sub-floor storage bin, a rear pass-through folding center armrest, folding front passenger-side seatback, 16-inch alloy wheels and a roof rack, just for starters. Then there’s standard leatherette upholstery and heated power-adjustable front seats, while a leather steering wheel and leather-trimmed shift knob present some added posh. Cruise control, meantime, as well as remote power door locks, power windows and heated outside mirrors, air conditioning and telescoping tilt-wheel steering round out the list of convenience features. Entertainment in the top-shelf SE comes from a 6-CD changer with 10 speakers, satellite radio, auxiliary iPod integration, a memory card slot and a USB connection. Finally, standard Bluetooth hands-free technology joins with phone pre-wiring for hassle-free communications capability. Options include 17- or 18-inch upgraded wheels, carpeted floor mats, a rear spoiler and a protection kit.

As with its S sibling, the front-wheel-drive (FWD) 2012 Jetta Sportwagen SE sports the 170-hp 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder (I5) powerplant. Only the well-wrought 6-speed shiftable auto-manual transmission with its driver- selectable sport mode is offered in this high-end trim, with mileage estimated at 24 mpg city/31 highway.

Standard safety equipment in the 2012 Sportwagen SE includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head-restraint whiplash protection. Additionally, the SE boasts standard daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

SE PZEV

Avg. Price: $19,319

Lean and green, the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SE PZEV sports a standard 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder (I5) powerplant that’s been tweaked to conform to strict California-based emissions standards. The PZEV (Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle) rating indicates that this 5-passenger, 5-door, front-wheel-drive (FWD) compact wagon will be accepted in all U.S. states with tougher emissions laws. A 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission including driver-selectable sport mode is standard for this compact and delivers 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque while getting an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city/31 highway.

Appearance features for the 2012 Jetta SportWagen SE PZEV include power-adjustable heated outside mirrors, a roof rack and 16-inch alloy wheels. Cabin amenities include a fold-flat front-passenger seatback, a leather steering wheel, leather-trimmed shifter knob and heated power-adjustable front seats with a fold-flat passenger seat. Additional standard goodies include remote power door locks, power windows, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, cruise control, air conditioning and a rear-seat pass-through folding center armrest. Meanwhile, entertainment comes via an MP3-capable 10-speaker sound system with a 6-CD changer, satellite radio, a memory card slot and a USB connection. Then there’s standard Bluetooth hands-free technology bolstering the standard phone pre-wiring. All this is complemented, of course, by the cavernous 66.9 cubic feet of cargo area (with the rear seats folded) and the handy, under-floor rear storage bin. Options, meantime, include a rear spoiler, upgraded 17- or 18-inch wheels, carpeted floor mats and splash guards.

Standard safety equipment aboard the 2012 Jetta Sportwagen SE PZEV includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS) as well as traction and stability control. Occupant protection features include standard front side-mounted airbags, front head-restraint whiplash protection and front and rear head airbags. Additionally, this compact wagon is delivered with daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

SE PZEV w/ Sunroof

Stash a power glass sunroof and a few engine tweaks for lower emissions aboard the Jetta Sportwagen SE, and the result is the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen SE PZEV w/Sunroof. This high-end, compact 5-passenger, 5-door wagon is loaded with such exterior features as the standard sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated power-adjustable mirrors and a roof rack. Inside, besides nearly 67 cubic feet of cargo area (with the rear seats folded) and rear sub-floor storage, look for a number of plush features like standard leatherette upholstery, heated, power-adjustable front seats with fold-flat front passenger seatback, a pass-through folding rear center armrest, leather steering wheel and a leather- trimmed shift knob. Remote power door locks, power windows, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, cruise control and air conditioning also come standard with this nifty compact wagon, as does a 6-CD changer with 10 speakers, satellite radio, a memory card slot and USB connection. Bluetooth hands-free communications gear and phone pre-wiring is also standard, with an options list that includes carpeted floor mats front and rear, a rear spoiler, upgraded 17- or 18-inch wheels and Jetta-exclusive splash guards.

Power for the 2012 Jetta Sportwagen SE PZEV w/Sunroof comes in the form of the same 170-hp 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder (I5) engine that graces its S siblings. The standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission allows for 177 lb-ft of torque at an estimated 24 mpg city/31 highway, while some tweaking to the five-banger allows it to easily comply with strict California emissions standards. All VW’s Sportwagen trims are, alas, front-wheel drive only.

Safety-wise, the 2012 Sportwagen SE PZEV w/Sunroof is equipped with standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head-restraint whiplash protection. There are also turn-signal-integrated mirrors, daytime running lights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm, among other items, for a tad more peace of mind on the road.

SE w/ Sunroof

In its curious tradition of allowing options to dictate trim labels, Volkswagen installs a power glass sunroof in its 2012 Jetta Sportwagen SE to beget the SE w/Sunroof sub-trim. Nevertheless, this pleasantly sporty 5-passenger, 5-door compact wagon packs a lot of cargo space (66.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded) and performance into its sunlit self. Then there are the standard 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rack and power-adjustable heated mirrors also adorning the exterior, with leatherette upholstery, a leather steering wheel and leather-trimmed shift knob adding some cabin posh. Further interior amenities include a pass-through folding rear arm rest, heated, power-adjustable front seats with fold-flat front passenger seatback, power windows, remote power door locks, cruise control and telescoping tilt-wheel steering, all complemented by standard air conditioning and extra storage in a bin located beneath the cargo bay. Entertainment is provided complements of an MP3-compatible 6-CD changer with 10 speakers, satellite radio, a memory card slot and a USB connection. Bluetooth hands-free communications technology and phone pre-wiring are also standard. Options, meantime, include carpeted floor mats, Jetta-style splash guards, upgraded 17- or 18-inch wheels and a rear spoiler.

Standard power for the front-wheel-drive-only (FWD) 2012 Jetta Sportwagen SE w/Sunroof is a 2.5-liter inline 5-cylinder (I5) engine good for 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Mileage, meanwhile, is estimated at 23 mpg city/33 highway.

Standard safety equipment in the 2012 Jetta Sportwagen SE w/Sunroof includes 4-wheel antilock braking (ABS), as well as the usual traction and stability control. Occupant protection is handled by front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and a front head-restraint whiplash protection system. Daytime running lights, meantime, as well as a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm, among other things, round out the collection of this nifty wagon’s award-winning safety features.

TDI

Avg. Price: $22,258

Throw a potent and economical turbodiesel into what’s already a pretty good car, and behold the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI. This 5-passenger, 5-door compact wagon boasts a sporty drive, yet doesn’t skimp on ride comfort, and nearly 67 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded make it surprisingly utilitarian. Standard exterior amenities include 16-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack and heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors, while the cabin sports such standards as leatherette upholstery, a leather steering wheel, heated, power-adjustable front seats with a fold-flat passenger-side seatback, rear pass-through center folding armrest and a leather-trimmed shift knob. Remote power door locks, power windows, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, cruise control and air conditioning round out the comfort and convenience goodies in this little wagon, with an MP3-capable 6-CD changer with 10 speakers providing tunes. The audio system is further bolstered by satellite radio, a USB connection and a memory card slot. Bluetooth hands-free technology and phone pre-wiring top off the list of standard features, with splash guards, upgraded 17- and 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler and carpeted front and rear floor mats all available.

The star of the 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI show is a 140-hp 2.0-liter direct-injected turbodiesel inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant that mates with the standard 6-speed manual transmission for 236 lb-ft of torque. Mileage estimates for the 6-speed stick shift are 30 mpg city/42 highway, and there’s a nifty DSG 6-speed shiftable auto-manual transmission available that’s fun to play with, but drops mileage to 29/39. Be advised that all Sportwagen trims, including the 2012 TDI, are front-wheel drive (FWD) only.

Standard safety features in the 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head-restraint whiplash protection. Further peace of mind is provided by, among other things, standard daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.

TDI w/ Sunroof

Avg. Price: $22,962

The drive will be sun-splashed and airy in the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI w/Sunroof. It’ll also be quicker more economical with the standard direct-injected 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline 4-cylinder (I4) powerplant and standard 6-speed manual transmission pounding out 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque at an estimated 30 mpg city/42 highway. A DSG 6-speed shiftable auto-manual transmission is additionally available for the TDI w/Sunroof, though mileage drops to an estimated 29/39.

Complementing the standard power glass sunroof in VW’s 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI w/Sunroof are 17-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack and heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors. On the inside, this sporty wagon boasts 66.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seatbacks folded, a sub-floor storage bin in the rear, heated, power-adjustable front seats with the traditional fold-flat front passenger seatback, leatherette upholstery, rear pass-through folding center armrest, a leather steering wheel and leather-trimmed shifter for a sniff of luxury. Such further standard goodies as telescoping tilt-wheel steering, power windows, remote power door locks, cruise control and air conditioning also grace this little turbocharged wagon. Entertainment comes via an MP3-compatible 6-CD changer with 10 speakers, satellite radio, a memory card slot and a USB connection, while phone pre-wiring and Bluetooth hands-free technology handle communications on the road. Options, meantime, consist of carpeted floor mats, upgraded 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and splash guards.

The list of standard safety features in the 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI w/Sunroof begins with 4-wheel antilock braking (ABS) and traction and stability control. It continues with front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and a front head-restraint whiplash protection system. This impressive list also includes daytime running lights, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a remote antitheft alarm and a post-collision safety system.

TDI w/ Sunroof and Nav

Avg. Price: $23,191

Have Volkswagen throw a navigation system in the dash and mount a sunroof in, well, the roof, then get ready to admire the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen TDI w/Sunroof and Navigation. This 5-door, 5-passenger compact wagon additionally boasts nearly 67 cubic feet of cargo area, a rear sub-floor storage bin, nifty handling, a pleasant, if not plush ride, and a potent yet economical turbocharged diesel engine. In addition to the power glass sunroof, standard exterior goodies include 17-inch alloy wheels, heated power-adjustable mirrors and a roof rack. Inside, pampering begins with standard heated power-adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery, a leather steering wheel and a leather trimmed shifter knob. Further standard cabin features include a fold-flat front passenger seatback, pass-through folding rear center armrest, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, cruise control and air conditioning. Entertainment in this sun-splashed hauler is provided by the standard single-CD player with its ten speakers, satellite radio, memory card slot and USB connection. Of course, Bluetooth hands-free communications gear is also standard, as is phone pre-wiring. The TDI w/Sunroof and Navigation is eligible for such optional trinkets as upgraded 17- and18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and carpeted floor mats front and rear, not to mention custom splash guards.

The 140-hp direct-injected 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel inline 4-cylinder engine (I4) powering the 2012 TDI w/Sunroof and Navigation mates with a standard 6-speed manual transmission for an impressive 236 lb-ft of torque. Expect 30 mpg city/42 highway with the nifty stick shift, while an available 6-speed shiftable auto-manual transmission is fun to play with, but drops mileage to 29/39.

Standard safety features in the 2012 Sportwagen TDI w/Sunroof and Navigation include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front head-restraint whiplash protection and front side-mounted airbags. Further standard safety equipment includes turn-signal-integrated mirrors, daytime running lights, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm.