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Pic Tease: 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen

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Had enough of the stream of pics of Volkswagen's pert little Jetta Sportwagen? Too bad -- TheCarConnection.com is in Washington, D.C., to drive the new Jetta and as if by coincidence, Volkswagen released these new shots of the wagon.

With the hotness of the wagon market growing, VW convinced itself last year to offer the wagon version of the Jetta once more. It had been dropped from the company's U.S. lineup in the 2004 model year. The big improvement this time around? A much sleeker wagon back, compared with the boxy version last seen in the States.

The new Sportwagen will offer all the safety equipment found in the Jetta sedan, including anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and six airbags.

Under the hood, U.S. Sportwagens will get a 2.5-liter in-line five with 170 horsepower, or a 200-hp, turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter four. Manual and automatic transmissions are offered.

Coming next year is the option that many VW fans are waiting for -- the new Jetta diesel wagon. The 2.0-liter TDI version will meet the tough new U.S. diesel emissions requirements and will be offered in all 50 states, without having to use a urea aftertreatment like the Bluetec Benzes.

The Sportwagen's expected to come in at about $18,000 base, but the gyrating dollar could change that. Stay tuned as we drive the new Jetta wagon and bring you more details tomorrow.







 
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Comments (20)
  1. Looks like a miniature Touareg...I'll take a red one with the TDI, thanks.

  2. I too will take a red one with the tdi!

  3. That car is for the US president!

  4. Nice, can't wait to see the reports on it, what kind of mileage can one expect?

  5. Looks Great and you gotta love the TDI Version!!!

  6. love our 05 Jetta TDI. we'll wait for the TDI wagon

  7. "Coming next year is the option that many VW fans are waiting for — the new Jetta diesel wagon. The 2.0-liter TDI version will meet the tough new U.S. diesel emissions requirements and will be offered in all 50 states, without having to use a urea aftertreatment like the Bluetec Benzes."

    It should be able to get actual Highway 45-50 MPG with the TDi and 45 MPG overall.

    CR tested a smaller, and smaller engined, Golf TDI a few years ago and got actual 55 Highway

  8. VW's website states the Jetta TDI's will be released this Fall, who told you the Sportwagen TDI won't be out till next year?

  9. Mileage estimates from VW are 57 highway 42 city... I feel sorry for all the suckers that bought a Prius

  10. "Matthew Says:
    April 3rd, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Mileage estimates from VW are 57 highway 42 city…"

    Are these in US gallons or Imperial Gallons (20% bigger)?

  11. I own one of those "boxy" older versions of the Jetta Wagon and I have to say that I'm really disappointed with the way this car looks.

  12. Nice ... I'm looking forward to the TDI version since I'm currently without my diesel -- sold it a few month ago. The wait for the new VW TDI models is excruciating!

  13. I LOVE my 2007 Jetta sedan,may now consider getting the wagon when it is launched.
    The transition from sedan to wagon has been very successful...very good looking.

  14. Man I just got a 2008 Passat wagon and a 2008 Golf .:R32 but this might be another addition to the driveway. In a TDI form it will most def rock =)

    Michael

  15. I like both the boxy wagons and the new ones..Love the TDI.. And Yes those prius buyers will be abandoning their junkpiles just as soon as the battery packs start to fail and nobody will want to pay 12000 to replace it. Then you will see Prius's abandoned by the side of the road !

  16. What will the cruising range be? I hope they didn't shrink the fuel tank to offset the higher mileage! with a 20 gal tank & 50 MPG highway you could go 1,000 miles before refueling!

  17. Jetta SPOTSWAGON?? This car is a Golf Stationwagon in Europe =)

  18. sorry; Sportwagen

  19. "Mileage estimates from VW are 57 highway 42 city… I feel sorry for all the suckers that bought a Prius"

    Keep Dreaming!

    I have no idea where you found those #'s but I'm skeptical

    The SportWagen is 100 pounds heavier @ 3220lb than it's predecessor and makes more 40 more hp. It has 16 inch wheels (heavier, more rotating mass) with 205/55 (wider, heavier tires).

    My guess is that in automatic trim the sport wagen will have trouble cracking 40 mpg.

    The only advantage it might have is an increased CD (coefficient of drag) but even that won't make a huge difference.

    This is just one more page in the continuing story of auto manufacturers using technology to increase power and sustain "acceptable" mileage. If they really wanted to make the car get 50, they could, but they'd have to detune it substantially and it would almost certainly have to be equipped a manual gear box, with tall top gear, all rolling on 15's with very hard tires (Michelin energy or the like).

    I'm glad to see VW re-entering the diesel and wagon markets, but mileage will remain to be seen.

  20. VW SEZ: BUT THIS TIME the TDI will be delivered to you fans in August 2008 FOR SURE-SURE-SURE!
    Come August, they'll say WAIT-WAIT-WAIT just another itzybitzybitzy longer, then later another itzybitzybitzy more time, because the exhaust catalyst still needs another itzybitzybitzy more work!
    Too much itzybitzybitzy-hype! I'm gonna get a Subaru!

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