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Selected Style 4-Door Manual S PZEV
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door 2.5L Manual PZEV S 21 30 $18,400 $19,075
4-Door 2.5L Manual S 21 30 $18,400 $19,075
4-Door 2.5L Automatic PZEV S 20 29 $19,499 $20,175
4-Door 2.5L Automatic S 20 29 $19,499 $20,175
4-Door 2.5L Manual PZEV SE 21 30 $19,997 $21,425
4-Door 2.5L Manual SE 21 30 $19,997 $21,425
4-Door 2.5L Automatic PZEV SE 20 29 $21,096 $22,525
4-Door 2.5L Automatic SE 20 29 $21,096 $22,525
4-Door 2.0L Manual TDI 30 41 $22,503 $23,870
4-Door 2.0L Automatic TDI 29 40 $23,602 $24,970
4-Door 2.0T Manual PZEV SEL 21 31 $24,293 $26,065
4-Door 2.0T Manual SEL 21 31 $24,293 $26,065
4-Door 2.0T Automatic PZEV SEL 22 29 $25,392 $27,165
4-Door 2.0T Automatic SEL 22 29 $25,392 $27,165
4-Door Wagon
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon 21 26 $15,033 $15,970
2-Door Convertible 21 26 $17,346 $18,430
4-Door Wagon Touring 19 24 $18,504 $19,785
4-Door Wagon Limited 18 24 $21,899 $23,515
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,400
$15,033
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,075
$15,970
Monthly Payment Estimate
$318 / month
$266 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line It's been a long time coming back, but the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen gives crossover buyers something else to consider―and diesel power is on the way. The 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser convertible gets the axe midway through 2008, so if you want one, act quickly, but the wagon is here if you need flexible utility with retro flair.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 21 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 30 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Wagon Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.1 53.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.1 40.6
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - 49.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 91.7 98.8
Second Leg Room (in) 35.5 40.9
Front Head Room (in) 38.4 39.2
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - 41.1
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.8 53.8
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 38.1 39.5
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in) 59.2 63.0
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 58.2
Wheelbase (in) 101.5 103.0
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 70.1 67.1
Track Width, Front (in) 60.7 58.3
Min Ground Clearance (in) 5.4 5.5
Length, Overall (in) 179.4 168.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 32.8 - TBD -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 66.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.2 x 0.47 NA
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 8.97 x 1.57
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.3 x 0.98 11 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 14.5 15.0
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.4 18.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.8 36.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA TNC
Spare Tire Order Code NA TBC
Rear Tire Size P205/55HR16 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA TNC
Front Tire Size P205/55HR16 P195/65R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 1000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3228 3070
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6.5 15 x 6.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 140 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 510
Engine
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 177 @ 4250 165 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA EDZ
Displacement 2.5L/151.0 2.4L/148
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 170 @ 5700 150 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas I5 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 24 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 21 21
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.78 3.55
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.36 1.36
Trans Type 5 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.60 3.42
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.12 1.96
Trans Order Code NA DD5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.65 3.94
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.03 0.97
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Chrysler PT Cruiser
Body Style 4 Door Small Station Wagon
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Macpherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) MacPherson strut w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multilink Twist beam
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 7 -
 
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