The Good Besides a very practical body style, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen delivers an excellently low emissions rating. The standard audio system uses 10 speakers to produce good quality audio.
The Bad No available navigation at this trim level, and no Bluetooth cell phone integration at all. Optional iPod integration is poor, and the interface for MP3 CDs isn't very sophisticated.
The Bottom Line The small wagon body style of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen and its low emissions power train make it a practical everyday vehicle, but its lack of any good cabin electronics make it a poor tech car.
2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
The small wagon, one of the most practical body styles, is back with the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. The small wagon mostly gave way to the more sporty hatchbacks in the 1990s, but Volkswagen seems confident in the body style, launching the wagon version of its Jetta sedan. There isn't much difference between the Jetta sedan and the Jetta SportWagen when it comes to the drivetrain or cabin electronics, which is really too bad. We were hoping for Volkswagen's next-generation navigation system, which we saw in the Passat CC at the 2008 Detroit auto show. And the name SportWagen is a little misleading, as the car doesn't offer what we would consider an exciting driving experience.
Test the tech: Putting the sport in SportWagen
As our Jetta SportWagen didn't have much in the way of cabin electronics, we ran some acceleration tests, timing runs made from 0 to 60 mph. We hooked up a performance computer and planned to do three runs, one using the six-speed automatic transmission's standard Drive mode, one using its Sport mode, and one using the Tiptronic mode, shifting manually.
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