2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
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Yes good.

by from GA on August 7, 2017

Good family car.I very recommended.Disiel model very economic.Good for long journey and vacation time.
Good family car.I very recommended.Disiel model very economic.Good for long journey and vacation time.
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We loved our wagon, we'll miss it.

by from Phoenix, AZ on April 25, 2017

My wife had always wanted a VW wagon. I was happy with my Jetta but when we saw this pop up we had to jump at it. Surprisingly these cars don't come up on the CPO market too often. The miles were low ...
My wife had always wanted a VW wagon. I was happy with my Jetta but when we saw this pop up we had to jump at it. Surprisingly these cars don't come up on the CPO market too often. The miles were low and the price was fair so we jumped. The only downside was a small dent in the roof, likely caused by someone tying something down too tight but other than that it was in great condition. One of the first things I noticed was the interior, having just jumped from the newer Jetta I realized immediately how nice the interior was. My biggest gripe with the new Jettas was that the interior no longer had the same soft touch materials and other refinements that used to come standard. Now those things only came with upper models. In this case the SE had the nicer interior materials and finish. I love it, it always makes the car feel so much more refined and expensive. As for how the car drives, it's great, even for the smallish engine 170 hp it still has some giddy up, it's likely because of the 177lbs of torque. I never had any issues passing on the freeway and when you put it in sports mode it could really get going. We took it on a few trips to southern California and it was an awesome drive. The ride always felt solid and I thought it was a good balance of comfort and sportiness for when I pushed the speed limit. But, the biggest reason most people look at wagons is their utility and this car did not disappoint. I was regularly surprised at how much we could fit in this car on trips to the furniture or hardware store. The 60/40 fold down back seats came in handy many times and so did the optional velcro Gorilla Grips. On top of the utility, the synthetic leather seats are very tough and clean up very easily. If you do a lot of outdoors activities, have dogs or kids you'll love these especially over cloth seats. There's really nothing we don't love about this car, the only reason we're selling is because I wanted to get something a bit sportier for my longer commute. Otherwise, we'd probably keep this car as long as it ran.
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I love this car

by from louisville KY on November 13, 2015

I always wanted a GTI, but I have a lot of gear to haul for my job (photographer). So I got this. I am not disappointed to say the least. I have a 2012 S with factory upgrade 17" wheels. When research...
I always wanted a GTI, but I have a lot of gear to haul for my job (photographer). So I got this. I am not disappointed to say the least. I have a 2012 S with factory upgrade 17" wheels. When researching this car, a lot of enthusiast magazines bash the 2.5L/Tiptronic drivetrain. Yes in normal drive mode, it's pretty tame but put in Sport or even better manumatic shift it yourself...and it get's fun. In manual you can hammer on it or hype-mile if you want. Plus it's their most reliable combination according to what I've read Handling is way better than I expected. Quick turn in and minimal body roll. I suspect the upgrade low profile tires help there. It's actually fun to flog around on back country roads. Fit and finish are first rate. This car does not offer all the frills that some others do in this price range (Kia/Hyandai) but they put the money in quality of materials. It may have the most comfortable/supportive (heated) seats I've ever experienced which includes a 2007 BMW 325 CSI is used to drive. Volkswagen may mean "people's car" but I really think they are "car people's car". For an affordable price, they bake in the stuff that makes a car great. Only manufacturer to offer a wagon that doesn't cost a second mortgage or look like some goofy pretend SUV. I think this car is incredibly capable for what it is. It's a wagon. It can haul a lot of stuff. But at the same time it's quick, it's agile, it feels great. Plus it was very affordable. and I think it's a really good looking vehicle. It makes me happy. If wrecked or stolen, I would be on the net searching for another one in a second. BTW: I had to put in a star rating for reliability. I've had this car for a week. So far so good. ;-)
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First TDI - 3rd VW in 5 Years

by from Melbourne, FL on July 8, 2015

About 3.5 years back, we bought our first VW, a gas-powered 2007 VW Passat Sportwagen. We loved it for it's roominess, the performance and handling. This was mid-size vehicle with a 2.0L Turbo coupled...
About 3.5 years back, we bought our first VW, a gas-powered 2007 VW Passat Sportwagen. We loved it for it's roominess, the performance and handling. This was mid-size vehicle with a 2.0L Turbo coupled to a sprightly 6 speed sports automatic transmission. The car flew. Last year, I purchased a 2012 Golf 5 door hatchback to replace a 2006 Murano SUV, which didn't get that great a fuel mileage, but was very roomy and comfortable. I traded some of that comfort for 30+ mpg on the hgwy in my Golf. Our latest addition this April 2015 was a 2012 Jetta Sportwagen 2.0 TDI, on which we traded in our Passat Wagon. This TDI is phenomenal. On a recent 900 mile trip up North for a reunion, we were consistently getting over 40 mpg and we went 500 miles, with fuel to spare, between fuel stops. We drove non-stop 870 miles on the 12.5 hour trip back home to Florida. This is a very impressive car. In a few years, I am going to be getting a Golf TDI Sportwagen after I give my 2012 Golf Hatchback to my daughter when she gets her drivers license. I am sold on VW and I love the TDIs.
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Best 1-2 child car available

by from Ames, IA on June 24, 2015

This is my second 6-sp manual VW Jetta wagon, even though the 2012 is technically built on the Golf platform. If they made this in the larger Passat platform it would be my next car. I've had no mech...
This is my second 6-sp manual VW Jetta wagon, even though the 2012 is technically built on the Golf platform. If they made this in the larger Passat platform it would be my next car. I've had no mechanical problems of any kind. The 600mi range and 43mpg is permanently addictive. The manual 6-sp transmission is fantastic, although when new it took some getting used to the torque curve to not stall in first. The driver dynamics, control, feel are all superb. This is the kind of car automotive writers buy for themselves, if not publicly. The only downsides are obviously a manual is inappropriate in heavy stop and go unless you're quite young, the Bluetooth was skipable, and the road noise was a bit high. When you fill up so infrequently that you nearly forget about it (e.g. monthly), once you go TDI you'll never go back. Get your farfegnugen.
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Great car at a great price

by from Pittsburgh, PA on April 20, 2015

My Sales Pro Sammy H. was a Pro with me, knew all about the car I wanted, answered all my questions and we made a fast good deal!!!!
My Sales Pro Sammy H. was a Pro with me, knew all about the car I wanted, answered all my questions and we made a fast good deal!!!!
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Most Fuel Efficient Car I've Owned

by from Southern New England Snow Belt on April 19, 2015

Very pleased with the 2012 Jetta SportWagen TDI I bought new. I compare this to Volvo and Saab Wagons I have owned and this car has much of what I enjoyed in those cars. Nimble handling, thrilling acc...
Very pleased with the 2012 Jetta SportWagen TDI I bought new. I compare this to Volvo and Saab Wagons I have owned and this car has much of what I enjoyed in those cars. Nimble handling, thrilling acceleration when you need it, Amazing fuel efficiency at 42 mpg. Has been very reliable with 58,000 miles now. Toasty seat heaters make up for the longer warm up time required for the diesel, and I drive moderately for 10 minutes for it to get to temperature. Has been fine in the snow, although I find the traction control sometimes annoying and will turn it off when climbing hills in the snow. Very comfortable but it took me a few weeks to become a bit more limber to get in and out as compared to the Volvo and the Saab which have a few more inches of space. This car is probably not for the "x-large" American, though most people have found it roomy and comfortable front and back. I can haul a lot stuff with back seats down and like the back seat arm rest pass through for skiis and other long objects. Head rest removal for folding the rear seats is slightly annoying considering it was automatic on the Saab and Volvo. Car however is much less expensive than either of those cars. FIt and finish on the car is quite good and the car feels solid all around.
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Just What I Wanted

by from Highland Village, TX on August 10, 2013

While it's no sportscar, it looks and drives great. Enough power to merge onto the highway and get around slowpokes. No squeaks or rattles and a gorgeous paint job - Germans know paint. Only thing on...
While it's no sportscar, it looks and drives great. Enough power to merge onto the highway and get around slowpokes. No squeaks or rattles and a gorgeous paint job - Germans know paint. Only thing on wish list: backup camera, fog lights and auto climate control. Otherwise everything you need. The TDi is giving me great MPG which was the main reason for the purchase.
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Love my 2012 Jetta TDI

by from Walsenburg, CO on August 7, 2013

We've had the car for a few weeks and love the handling and especially the fuel mileage! We live in the foothills of the Rockies and drive small highways, freeways and a few back roads. We're impresse...
We've had the car for a few weeks and love the handling and especially the fuel mileage! We live in the foothills of the Rockies and drive small highways, freeways and a few back roads. We're impressed with the little Jettta! We averaged 44.3 mpg on our first fill up. The 6 speed manual transmission is easy to use and gives the car needed power when needed going up hills, just shift to 5th and fly right up!
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TDI Sportwagen

by from AK on June 22, 2013

My wife and I purchased this vehicle and drove it from Florida to Homer, AK. It drove like a dream, and we only spent $500 in fuel on the trip, $500 with a topper and two bikes!!! In that aspect its g...
My wife and I purchased this vehicle and drove it from Florida to Homer, AK. It drove like a dream, and we only spent $500 in fuel on the trip, $500 with a topper and two bikes!!! In that aspect its great! People complaining about the length of time it takes for their car to heat up need to realize it is a diesel engine, not a gasoline one. It does take some time for the diesel to get warm, but it isn't an eternity. The one problem we are having right now is an airbag light. We are still trying to get the car over to Anchorage to get it fixed, but it has been proving difficult due to the Alaska Marine Highway system, not VWs fault. The vehicle is very comfortable, but if you are over 6', yes the driver/passenger front seat headrests can be uncomfortable. I am planning to try and purchase some better tires as well, because the ones I have on their now due create a lot of road vibration noise. They are low profile tires, though... I haven't had any issues with the blue tooth, other than hitting the button on the steering wheel by accident. It should be noted that when you park and put the transmission in park, if you are on an incline the car will roll about half a foot backwards. Very annoying in my opinion. The rash of HPFP issues does have me concerned, but I am not quite ready to trade the VW in, yet. All in all it is a good car, with plenty of room, and comparable gas mileage of a Prius, but with more pep, comfort, and style.
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