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VW Jetta SportWagen: Well-built wagon

VW Jetta SportWagen
Nice road test report here of the VW Jetta SportWagen. Their summary: “This diesel VW could be a perfect car for our times”.

It’s big enough to be useful — bigger, in fact, than the outgoing version, and as big as a late 1990s VW Passat wagon, which was a mid-size at the time.

The cargo space is about the equal of a Ford Edge crossover wagon (1,954 litres with the rear seats down). The VW is nice and roomy because the compact independent rear suspension doesn’t intrude into cargo space.

As for pricing, it’s manageable. The basic Trendline starter wagon lists for $23,475 and the far more fuel-efficient TDI diesel model (6.8 litres/100 km city and 4.8 highway) starts at $25,775. A loaded gasoline Highline goes for $29,375 and the diesel Highline TDI tops out at $31,675.

The point is that the diesel comes at about a 10-per-cent price premium for about a 35-per-cent improvement in fuel economy. Many buyers will think that’s more than a fair deal and will go diesel.

The numbers are only part of the story here, though; it’s the driving that is equally telling.

My tester was a mid-level Comfortline model with a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission ($28,875) and the 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine. It accelerated well enough from a standing start, but it was the firm ride and sharp handling that I applauded most.

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Source: Globe and Mail