There’s a lot of talk about the American car market beginning to mirror the European one.
In a general sense, this is kind of true. We both share high gas prices, and we both like to complain about it .
But our reaction to paying more at the pump hasn’t caused us to look at similar vehicles. Around Europe, wagons rock. Cool people own them. They offer lots of space, excellent mileage and a sporty ride. In America, we think they’re uncool, remembering those behemoths of the ’70s that shuttled families around town long before Chrysler rolled out the first minivan. Professors own them. The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportsWagen could change that American mindset.
It has as much cargo space as a compact sport utility vehicle and hits 29 miles per gallon on the highway. Cool is certainly changing its definition.
I recently tested a five-cylinder 2.5-liter Jetta SportsWagen SE and found myself enjoying this vehicle more with every mile. It can carry my dog, my wife and loads of our stuff for hundreds of miles on a single tank of a petrol — that’s “gas” in European lingo.
Source: Detroit News