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.