Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2.0L TDI Sportwagon J20143SP
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Used 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 39,715 miles
Ten years ago, mentioning the words "diesel" or "station wagon" in the description of a car would have shifted the buying public's attention to the "off" position. How times have changed. With the consumer mindset in economy mode, small, efficient cars are getting a second look. Doubly so if said car is both practical and fun to drive. Far from holding the image of a car that only librarians, college professors, soccer moms, or hippies would be caught dead in, the Jetta SportWagen is impressive in the flesh. It comes across as fresh, smart - even sporty.Another extra featured is a power panoramic sunroof . Upon first glance, the large span of tinted glass looks impressive with two separate sliding shades, one each for both front and rear occupants. As with most panoramic sunroofs, VW's example allows only the forward half to slide open, with the rear glass section fixed in place. Of course, buyers of a station wagon (sorry, that's wagen) are concerned with cargo space, and in that area, the Jetta SportWagen excels. The SportWagen variant gives 32.8 cu ft of cargo space -- more than double the already-generous 16-cu-ft cargo area of the Jetta sedan. Fold the 60/40 split rear seats flat, and up to 66.9 cu-ft becomes accessible for larger items, or just more stuffSo, true to form, the Jetta SportWagen TDI is handsome, solid, practical, and very spacious. But surely it grumbles and wallows along freeways like any self-respecting diesel wagon should, right? Wrong. While VW's TDI engine does have some of the classic diesel sound audible, it is muted at idle and replaced with a pleasant, mild-mannered growl on acceleration. Generally, the car is rather quiet, a trait that extends to acceptable wind and road noise as well. Acceleration is good; what the diesel mill lacks in horsepower, it makes up for in torque, giving a healthy shove when the accelerator is floored. The SportWagen's chassis feels solid and relatively nimble, with crisp turn-in and well-controlled body movement. Roll is present, but is not nearly as prevalent as one would expect from such a car. And while understeer is, as expected, the name of the game, it doesn't kill the SportWagen's fun factor in brisk drivingFuel economy is a major reason many buyers are turning to diesel-powered automobiles today. The Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI comes in at an EPA-rated 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, though Volkswagen claims that in independent testing, third-party tester AMCI achieved 38 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway -- a 24% improvement overall in supposed real-world conditions. Volkswagen has made a name for itself on value, leading to a lengthy standard equipment list for the Jetta SportWagen TDI.Call 610-254-8000 ext 1132 to experience it for yourself!!!!
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