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2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

$8,920 — $19,916 USED
Wagon
5 Seats
26-35 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

  • Less focus on interior quality than prior generation
  • Throttle lag from a standing start with automatic
  • Minimal steering feedback
2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
  • 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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
  • Availabl...
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

GLI
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

What drivers are saying

4.7
21 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Great car

by Firemarshaljoe from Grayslake on November 4, 2018

This car is solid. A little sluggish to start but great mpg and creature comforts make up for that. Perfect car for commuting and the family. Read full review

(5.0)

Best car I?ve ever owned

by Katie from Louisville,Ky on August 28, 2018

I?ve never owned a Volkswagen. I will never go back to any other maker. This car is fun to drive and all around cool. It?s smooth and quiet and has a lot of pick me up. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2.5L S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
marginal
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker