2012 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
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2012 TDI Sportwagen

by from Harrisburg PA on December 12, 2011

Only had the car for about two months just started to break it in at 1000 miles. Interior design isnt the greatest I end up hitting the blue tooth connection every time I turn the wheel, and leatheret...
Only had the car for about two months just started to break it in at 1000 miles. Interior design isnt the greatest I end up hitting the blue tooth connection every time I turn the wheel, and leatherette seats have a fabric panel on the interior facing side of the seat. Kind of looks tacky. But overall I am very happy with the vehicle so far! 46 mpg on my first trip!
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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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Safe Yet Sporty

by from Little Rock, AR on March 29, 2013

I have had my 2012 VW Jetta Sportwagen SN TDI for about 10 months now and can't say enough great things about it. It definitely has that "German handling." My niece loves it when I make it "zip" along...
I have had my 2012 VW Jetta Sportwagen SN TDI for about 10 months now and can't say enough great things about it. It definitely has that "German handling." My niece loves it when I make it "zip" along. I find the interior practical yet upscale - in that German understated upscale way. I feel very grounded when I am in the car. My only negative comment about the car is the way the turbo causes it to lug when driving under 10 mph, like in a parking garage. The positives from the turbo outweigh the weird lugging, but it was something I had to get used to. I absolutely love the true red Cornhusker color of the exterior and I enjoy what the car says about me (I think) - that I appreciate a finer automobile without going overboard, I am concerned about fuel efficiency, and I love to make a car go "zip"! Great for anyone wanting the cargo space of an SUV but who also wants better fuel efficiency and more safety (lower center of gravity, less rollover chance).
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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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Worth the extra money.

by from portage la prairie on December 8, 2012

We purchased the TDI diesel Wagon with the automatic transmission and love it. Awesome ride even in a cold Canadian winters day. I love the way the transmission shifts. If driven right you don't need ...
We purchased the TDI diesel Wagon with the automatic transmission and love it. Awesome ride even in a cold Canadian winters day. I love the way the transmission shifts. If driven right you don't need to break much when coming to a stop. The fuel economy is what makes the car worth the extra money. We are saving the car payment in fuel costs alone. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone with an on the go busy family. The cars safety features are incredible.
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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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Great car

by from Stamford, CT on September 23, 2012

I've owned trucks for the past 8 years and since the rising price of diesel and fuel mileage, i finally chose to down size. The jetta sportwagon TDI was a great choice. Love the car. Fast. Sporty. Loo...
I've owned trucks for the past 8 years and since the rising price of diesel and fuel mileage, i finally chose to down size. The jetta sportwagon TDI was a great choice. Love the car. Fast. Sporty. Looks good, handles even better. Steering is appropriate to the turn. I don't feel the need to oversteer at all. Only complaint (again, after driving trucks) is that there isn't a whole lot of storage space in the cabin for personal effects. Also, since i traded in my truck (chevy 2500 long bed, crew cab) i was hoping to get more for the trade in, but i'm sure that is dealer specific. Seeing as it's a diesel, I havent had the chance to try it out with winter starts yet, but a good friend of mine has the same car, 2011 though, but he never had an issue with starting his car...and that was in Vermont...at 10 degrees...something tells me i'll be fine
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Jetta Sportwagon TDI

by from Boise ID on June 26, 2012

I traded my golf TDI for the Sportwagon TDI to get more space. I had the Golf TDI for 16 months and absolutely loved the diesel performance. I averaged 45 mpg. So far the Jetta Wagon is getting about ...
I traded my golf TDI for the Sportwagon TDI to get more space. I had the Golf TDI for 16 months and absolutely loved the diesel performance. I averaged 45 mpg. So far the Jetta Wagon is getting about 40mpg, but is hardly broken in. The wagon is spacious and had a variety of nooks and crannies to store small items. I have so far loved its performance with the DSG Both cars have the same bluetooth phone connection that allows for voice dialing and handsfree talking. The Sirius sat radio is great with a great interface. The direct iPod connection is awesome.
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A great car maybe the best in states of America

by from Central Washington state on September 24, 2012

I love the performance and the room this car has. It has amazing power for the mileage. I have less than 3000 miles and so far and have averaged 42 - 43 MPG, which is disappointing to me, but the powe...
I love the performance and the room this car has. It has amazing power for the mileage. I have less than 3000 miles and so far and have averaged 42 - 43 MPG, which is disappointing to me, but the power and performance are amazing. I am hoping to get better mileage. I drive about 90% highway. I am really amazed at the diesels that VW has made.
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New 2012 Jetta Sportwagon

by from Florida on September 27, 2012

I could onl give 3 stars to comfort because the fron seat Headrest are so far forward that my head is pushed so far forward that I get a headache driving for more than an hour. I was told by VW that t...
I could onl give 3 stars to comfort because the fron seat Headrest are so far forward that my head is pushed so far forward that I get a headache driving for more than an hour. I was told by VW that they had to do that because of safety regulations.
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