The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen makes its U.S. debut to mixed reviews, though the positive impressions outnumber the negative ones. Starting with a standard 2009 Volkswagen Jetta sedan, the Volkswagen designers extend the roofline to allow a lot more cargo space in back.
The styling is similar to that of the Volkswagen Jetta sedan, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com love the exterior differences that distinguish the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen. The Washington Times reports that “the lines of the Jetta Sportwagen are curvy, and the high beltline gives the car a low-slung appearance,” and they go on to declare that the Sportwagen Jetta “embodies the best of the current trend toward aerodynamic styling that all VWs enjoy.” Edmunds says that the “new Sportwagen features a more tapered roof line” than its predecessor, which helps liven up the profile, and “from an all-purpose standpoint, there’s little to complain about.” In terms of overall dimensions, Autoblog notes that “the new Sportwagen has grown since the previous model was retired and is now nearly as big as the last-gen Passat wagon.” Motor Trend reviewers are particularly taken, calling the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen a “sleek, nicely sized package.”
One of the more prominent criticisms of the exterior on the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen comes from Cars.com, which feels that “it looks like every other car on the road, not something unique,” though most other reviews read by TheCarConnection.com disagree with that opinion.
Few reviewers find fault with the interior of the Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen, however. Interior styling on the Jetta Sportwagen comes across as deliberate and is thoroughly well conceived. The Washington Times approves, noting that "all knobs, switches and gauges are where they should be, and very easy to use." Edmunds expresses their love of “the cool blue lights used for the instruments and radio display.”