2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

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

The bad:

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

13 trims

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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 review: Our expert's take

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.

(Skip to details on the: GLI)
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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


VW Did it Correctly Again

TDI 6Speed MT. Bought this car with 106k miles 16 months ago and still has another 14 months and 34k miles left on TDI warranty. Have put 10k on the car. DPF/ EGR filter; Intake manifold and O2 Sensor have failed since purchasing. All 100% covered by TDI dieselgate warranty at dealer. Great car. Great acceleration, handling, and payload. Been driving ONLY VWs since 1986 (first car was 81 diesel rabbit 4sp MT), and this TDI is every bit as practical and fun, but a lot more high tech. Love this TDI SportWagon


Only vehicle in its class (6 speed Diesel Wagon)

(Note :This review is for the 2014 Jetta Sportwagen TDI) This car is the only Eurowagon for sale in the US with an available manual transmission and diesel engine. It has amazing torque and quasi-euro handling. Lots of cargo space. Great vehicle if you are putting things on the voluminous roof. Interior is worlds above Asian interiors in this price bracket. V-tex Leatherette is wonderful. Gagetry is definitely spartan. If whistles and bells are what float your boat, you got the wrong car. This is a DRIVER'S CAR. It likes curvy roads and spirited drives. If you bought one post dieselgate "fix" you get an amazing warranty. 4 1/2 years or 48K miles from the date of the "fix". Unfortunately, you may spend more time at the dealer diagnosing check engine lights and diesel particulate filter lights than you want. It appears that you really need to be a devotee to drive one of these. Don't make a habit of shutting it down in the middle of a regen (which happens twice as often as did in my pre-fix 2011 Jetta Diesel) The DPF is the Achilles Heel of this vehicle. But Honestly most TDI devotees don't care. Two types of people drive diesels: those who like the economy, and those who like having 236 ft lb of torque. The ones who love the torque rarely have DPF (diesel particulate filter) woes because when you drive this car like you stole it, it seems to love you back!


Comfortable, economical, and sporty.

This car has a huge hatch space, which was my priority. It has very comfortable seats. I am thoroughly enjoying the full sun roof and the mesh sunscreen that blocks the sun but lets in the air. The mpg is impressive. I am pleased with this car.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
24 months/24,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2016-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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