• Feb 3, 2008
For those of you impatiently waiting for the VW Jetta Sportwagen, there's something new over at VW.com to keep you busy a few more days. Along with photos of the car inside and out, there are stats, options and a base price that's closer to the true price than the rough estimate we had before. Entry-level price for the anxiously-awaited wagon is $24,500. The site says you get an 8-speaker stereo with aux-in, ABS and traction control for that number.

We assume that's with the 5-speed and 170 hp, 2.5 liter gasoline engine that gets 21 city, 29 highway. Which ain't too bad, actually, but not nearly as good as the mid-50s highway mileage the site brags about for the optional TDI. Sadly, there's no mention of how much you'll pay for ticking the TDI box on the option sheet. Or for the 6-speed Tiptronic or the panoramic sunroof or those sweet-looking leather seats. VW also let slip on the site that the Tiguan will be available this spring. Thanks, Julio, for the tip!

[Source: VW.com]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Personally I like it. Pricing is always higher on VW's, but you're paying for a very premium interior, excellent handling/driving dynamics and style (subtle, of course - and its always subjective).

      50mpg diesels are nice too!

      Reliability, well - I guess I'll just have to learn my VW's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Able to compete
      • 6 Years Ago
      ^ that was in reference to MemphisNET, looks as though the reply is broken yet again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @why not...?
      As an impartial observer, I don't think you've presented any evidence that VW has severe quality issues with the MKV Golf/Jetta platform. In fact the 5 cylinder engine has so far proved pretty reliabe (albeit on short service). I own an Audi A6 1998 that has several reliability issues that have cost me a couple thousand dollars. HOwever, the car handles and drives way better than any other car of the same period save maybe a BMW. If you look at quality as two different vectors of car satisfaction rather than lumping them together, I would say VW and Audi have far better quality of materials and design than similar cars. I would much rather have the interior of the Jetta vs the Mazda6 or Camry or even the Accord. VWs have a very nice ride and handling, something which I can't say about the Camry. It is a hard tradeoff, long term dependability over daily pleasure and satisfaction, but at least in my case, my A6 hasn't been so much of a burden that I wouldn't buy another Audi. The car has never left me stranded and there have been under 10 days in 10 years and almost 117Kmiles of ownership where I couldn't drive the car because of recalls or repairs. I think another factor is that my dealer (Sunset Imports in Portland) have been very good at customer service. I sometimes think that people who have really bad experiences with their cars are poor at maintenance. I change my oil, plugs, filters and fluids religiously at Audi recommended intervals.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow, sounds like you got a lemon of an Audi. Perhaps your state's lemon laws would help you resolve the problem. Yeah, VAG (VW, Audi) have a way to go before american consumers will trust them again. I like their cars quite a bit but VW especially needs to repair their reputation and it will take time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Ugh, thought the station wagon days were over with all the SUV's and crossovers that just have better designs, at least visually."

      Um, many crossovers ARE station wagons, except with 4x4 ride height and suv-sized tires. The rest are simply unibody suvs (not that that in itself is bad)


      On a side note, i personally like this wagon, but how is it different than the passat wagon? Very similar starting msrp, very similar cargo capacity, very similar mpg for the 170 hp 2.5 5 cyl. Makes me wonder about the size/weight of this compared to the passat wagons 3500 lb curb weight.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Ugh, thought the station wagon days were over with all the SUV's and crossovers that just have better designs, at least visually."

      Mm-hm. Better designs that weigh two-plus tons, get 16-20 MPG, and drive just like minivans. I personally see no reason to put up with all that crap for the marginal gains in towing and ground clearance that unibody crossovers add, but then, fashion sells.

      Not that the Jetta is my favorite wagon. The 2.5, like most Fives, combines the performance of a Four with the mileage of a Six. I miss the Legacy GT 5MT.

      As for the TDI, 50 mpg is great for such a usefully-sized package. Pricing will be the big asterisk, with the Prius now starting around $20K.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Happily I don't have to miss the Legacy GT 5mt Wagon yet... barring some dimwit running into it, my '05 acts like it's going to last me for years to come. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      The canadian price for the Jetta and Passats are about 1.3x the US Price. So the confirmed price of the canadian sport wagen is $24,500 would translate to roughly $19k USD. A dealer told me the TDI would be about two thousand more again. So we're likekly closer to $21k for TDI Sportwagen. If you all clicked the link, you'd see the US site does not list a price for the sportwagen.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's very interesting. VW has removed the pricing info from the Sportwagen popup. I wonder what that means. Hmmm.
      • 6 Years Ago
      personally, I think it is very nice looking and a great addition to the MKV family.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Ugh, thought the station wagon days were over with all the SUV's and crossovers that just have better designs, at least visually."

      Um, many crossovers ARE station wagons, except with 4x4 ride height and suv-sized tires. The rest are simply unibody suvs (not that that in itself is bad)


      On a side note, i personally like this wagon, but how is it different than the passat wagon? Very similar starting msrp, very similar cargo capacity, very similar mpg for the 170 hp 2.5 5 cyl. Makes me wonder about the size/weight of this compared to the passat wagons 3500 lb curb weight.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know where you guys at AB got this price from. I don't see it on VW.com anywhere.
      • 6 Years Ago
      not only is that ugly, and VW reliability, but for $25k
      they must be smoking something

      and VW wants to overtake Toyota

      they need to bring this here for $19k and $22k fullyloaded,
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugh, thought the station wagon days were over with all the SUV's and crossovers that just have better designs, at least visually. That is truly a plain, ugly vehicle. Aux in, ABS and traction control should be pretty standard on most vehicles nowadays, not "features".
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