Roof weight capacity for 2013 Jetta Sportswagon TDI with panoramic sunroof?

Asked by Apr 14, 2013 at 03:22 PM about the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI w/ Sunroof

Question type: Car Customization

I am considering purchasing a 2013 Jetta Sportswagon TDI with panoramic sunroof and have questions about using a roof rack to carry kayaks.  With the rack and our two kayaks, we estimate the total weight will be around 150 lbs.  Will this be okay?  I can't find anything about max weight for the sunroof version of this vehicle.  And what about towing?  Anyone know the max towing weight is for this car?

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VW should have base carrier bars listed for mounting the roof racks. I don't know the load capacity but 150# spread over the roof does not sound like all that much. A dealer or a VW forum could answer your question with certainty.

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This one has a load rating of 165# --- http://www.rackoutfitters.com/new-volkswagen-jetta-sportwagen-with-thule- aeroblade-base-roof-rack/

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VW parts - http://www.drivergear.vw.com/vw10/SKUDetailsVW10F5N00721126.asp

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The accessory pamphlet for the vehicle show kayak carrier mounts...I think you're fine. http://www.vw.com/content/medialib/vwd4/us/downloads/pd f/brochures/vw_fulllineaccessorybrochureflipbookjsw/_jcr_con tent/renditions/rendition.download_attachment.file/jswpublica tion.pdf

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The weight of the kayak's is probably not a problem, however if one slips and hits the large glass roof it may very well shatter it. I would not get that model if I were carrying stuff on the room. I am not sure if you can even put a hitch on a Sportwagon but I would think you could tow 1000-1500 lbs. The engine has tons of torque.

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