• (4.6) 16 reviews
  • Available Prices: $10,306–$18,650
  • Body Style: Wagon
  • Combined MPG: 26-34
  • Engine: 140-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (diesel)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Our Take on the Latest Model 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

What We Don't Like

  • Less focus on interior quality than prior generation
  • Throttle lag from a standing start with automatic
  • Minimal steering feedback

Notable Features

  • Newly available turbo 1.8-liter engine
  • Newly standard independent rear suspension
  • 30th anniversary GLI
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Sedan or wagon body style
  • Hybrid version offered

2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The Jetta is Volkswagen's entrant in the compact-car segment. Available with a gas or diesel engine, the five-seat Jetta is offered in sedan and wagon body styles. Competitors include the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Ford Focus.

A Jetta Hybrid is also offered; it's covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

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New for 2014
A new 170-horsepower, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine replaces the 2.5-liter inline-five-cylinder in the Jetta lineup, and all gas engines can now run on E15 fuel. The car's semi-independent rear suspension has also been replaced with a more sophisticated multilink independent rear suspension. Upper trim levels gain a backup camera. 
Volkswagen's Car-Net communication system is also available for the Jetta. It includes services like roadside assistance, crash notification and stolen vehicle location assistance as well as boundary and speed alerts, a vehicle health report and an enhanced point-of-interest service for vehicles with navigation. All Car-Net features can also be administered by a smartphone app.
Exterior Highlights

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels
  • Standard power-operated heated side mirrors
  • Available 16- or 17-inch wheels
  • Available body-colored side mirrors with turn-signal indicators
  • Available moonroof and fog lights

Interior Highlights

  • Seats up to five
  • 60/40-split backseat folds to expand 15.5-cubic-foot trunk
  • Available simulated leather upholstery
  • Available cruise control
  • Available center console storage
  • Available center armrest for backseat passengers
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available iPod connectivity and satellite radio

Under the Hood

  • Base 115-hp, 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder engine
  • Available 170-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter gas four-cylinder
  • TDI diesel's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 140 hp
  • Manual or automatic transmission

Safety Features

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats 
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Active front head restraints

True to the GLI moniker's heritage, the Jetta's up-level trim packs higher performance and premium features. Under the hood is the automaker's turbocharged 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder, which makes 210 hp. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic optional.

  • 30th anniversary edition available late in the 2014 model year
  • Exterior cues include a honeycomb grille, vertical fog lamps, smoked taillights and dual exhaust tips
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels; 18-inch alloys optional
  • Sport-tuned four-wheel independent suspension
  • Launch control system is included on GLIs with the dual-clutch transmission
  • Bolstered sport seats
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Touch-screen stereo
  • Available dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Available heated simulated leather upholstery
  • Available Fender premium stereo

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Consumer Reviews


Average based on 16 reviews

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Beautiful car

by Brian from Claremont on October 22, 2017

It looks great and drives like a dream! The engine has enough power to move it but it's not sporty like my Audi.

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3 Trims Available

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Our 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen trim comparison will help you decide.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2.0L TDI

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front
Roof Strength

IIHS Ratings

Based on Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2.0L TDI

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $2,200 per year.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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