2010 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen models have an almost identical feature set to the 2010 VW Jetta sedan but come with a wide-opening back hatch and fold-flat backseat cargo area, allowing a lot more utility and flexibility. For wagon shoppers, interior versatility is key, and the Jetta's tall ceiling helps afford a feeling of spaciousness, as well as roomier seating than a typical compact.
Last year Volkswagen reintroduced its TDI clean-diesel engine to the Jetta lineup; this time, it makes 140 horsepower and is 50-state emissions-legal. With fuel economy ratings of 30 mpg in the city and 41 on the highway, it's our pick over the adequate but unimpressive standard five-cylinder gasoline engine and over the long term the economics of its higher sticker price should pay off thanks to lower ownership costs.
With a complete redesign soon due, Volkswagen made only a few minor revisions to the 2010 VW Jetta and Jetta SportWagen. The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta is especially strong with respect to occupant protection and safety features, and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Also in anticipation of its pending redesign, the Jetta's feature and option lineup has been trimmed down in recent years, with such items like leather seats and automatic climate control no longer offered.
For more information on the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, visit our 2010 Volkswagen Jetta review, which includes pictures and specs for the lineup as well as related news.