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2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

$7,277 — $14,589 USED
Wagon
5 Seats
27-35 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Elegant, if understated, design
  • Supportive front seats
  • Solid, planted feel in corners
  • Roomy backseat
  • Big trunk

The Bad

  • Lower-quality interior compared with predecessor
  • Throttle lag from a standing start with automatic
  • Minimal steering feedback
  • Awkward reach to adjust front-seat backrest angle
2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
  • Redesigned sedan for 2011
  • Significantly lower starting price
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Increased backseat room
  • Wagon continues in previous form

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The Volkswagen Jetta has long been a premium offering in the compact-sedan segment, but with its redesign for the 2011 model year, VW aims to make it a more mainstream model by adding a new lower-priced version to the lineup. The Jetta hits dealerships in fall 2010, and competitors include the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Ford Focus.

The new Jetta will initially be offered with a choice of three engines, including a diesel, in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL and TDI (diesel). Next spring, Volkswagen plans to debut a high-performance GLI edition powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder.

The Jetta wagon, which received some notable updates for 2010, has not been redesigned and will continue being sold in its current form alongside the new sedan.

Exterior
The Jetta rides on a longer wheelbase and is 182.2 inches long, which makes it longer than its predecessor. Its new styling is conservative but handsome, and the car loses some of the rounded design elements of its predecessor in favor of more angular, creased sheet metal.

The previous generation's plunging grille has been replaced by a new horizontal bar grille, a design that's migrated to other Volkswagens, such as the Golf hatchback. Rectangular headlights flank the grille. The sedan's profile is clean-looking but not particularly memorable, and Audi-esque taillights finish off the rear of the car.

S trims come standard with 15-inch steel wheels, power locks with remote keyless entry and p...

Vehicle Overview

The Volkswagen Jetta has long been a premium offering in the compact-sedan segment, but with its redesign for the 2011 model year, VW aims to make it a more mainstream model by adding a new lower-priced version to the lineup. The Jetta hits dealerships in fall 2010, and competitors include the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Ford Focus.

The new Jetta will initially be offered with a choice of three engines, including a diesel, in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL and TDI (diesel). Next spring, Volkswagen plans to debut a high-performance GLI edition powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder.

The Jetta wagon, which received some notable updates for 2010, has not been redesigned and will continue being sold in its current form alongside the new sedan.

Exterior
The Jetta rides on a longer wheelbase and is 182.2 inches long, which makes it longer than its predecessor. Its new styling is conservative but handsome, and the car loses some of the rounded design elements of its predecessor in favor of more angular, creased sheet metal.

The previous generation's plunging grille has been replaced by a new horizontal bar grille, a design that's migrated to other Volkswagens, such as the Golf hatchback. Rectangular headlights flank the grille. The sedan's profile is clean-looking but not particularly memorable, and Audi-esque taillights finish off the rear of the car.

S trims come standard with 15-inch steel wheels, power locks with remote keyless entry and power-operated heated side mirrors. SE models gain 16-inch steel wheels and body-colored side mirrors with turn-signal indicators. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels and a moonroof are available for the SE.  The SEL features 17-inch alloy rims, keyless access, push-button start, fog lights and chrome grille and window accents.

Interior
As before, the Jetta has seating for five. Backseat passengers gain 2.7 inches of legroom, and the 60/40-split backseat folds if you need to carry large items that won't fit in the 15.5-cubic-foot trunk.

Even though the interior has been redesigned, there's nonetheless a similarity between the new cabin and the previous one that should make it feel instantly familiar for current Jetta owners. Overall, the sedan's interior isn't as upscale as previous Volkswagens, and that may disappoint some current VW owners who are accustomed to the brand's use of premium materials and its attention to detail.

Standard S features include air conditioning, a four-speaker CD stereo with an auxiliary input jack and power windows that all have a one-touch up/down feature. SE versions gain Volkswagen's V-Tex simulated leather upholstery, cruise control, floormats, center console storage, a center armrest for the backseat, a trunk pass-through and illuminated visor mirrors. Heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity and Sirius Satellite Radio are available on the SE. The SEL adds a touch-screen navigation system, a trip computer and driver-side lumbar adjustment.

Under the Hood
A 115-horsepower, 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder is the base engine. SE and SEL trims use a 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder gas engine that makes 170 hp. Both engines work with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Jetta is one of the few cars in the U.S. available with a fuel-efficient diesel engine. The TDI model's turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder makes 140 hp and 236 pounds-feet of torque. The diesel engine teams with a six-speed manual or Volkswagen's six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Safety
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for both rows, and active front head restraints.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
31 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(4.0)

Greater family starter vehicle

by cris.danhartman from Savannah MO on November 8, 2018

The ride is a little rough. There is a shortage of storage space for items in the driver compartment. Mechanically the vehicle is wonderful and performance and mpg are outstanding. Read full review

(5.0)

Such a fun and reliable car

by SPFields from Gahanna, OH on August 28, 2018

This is they type of car I was l looking for something that would accommodate all I needed. It is sporty but can carry all my kids gear for sports and the like. They kids have leg room and are not ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Volkswagen

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 72,000 or 75,000 miles (model-year specific)

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    Model-year 2017 and older, 2 years/24,000 miles; model-year 2018 and forward, 1 year/12,000 miles; TDI models, 2 years/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain

    5 years/60,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    100-plus point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Jetta SportWagen received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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