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2012 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA SPORTWAGEN: SPORT MEETS UTILITYBeing sensible and practical has never been so much fun
•Offers ‘Vroom to spare' wîth 66.9 cubic feet of versatile load-carrying space
•Fuel-sipping TDI® Clean Diesel gets an impressive 42 mpg highway and up to 609 miles on one tank
•2.0-liter TDI® or 2.5-liter in-line five-cylinder gas engines
•Earned coveted Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick for 2011
•Bold ‘Tuner' look wîth available Ground Effects body styling and radical 18-inch Sport Alloy black custom wheels
•Chattanooga Police Department's favorite city patrol vehicle. It runs two SportWagen TDI Clean Diesel patrol cars
•Exceptional value wîth starting MSRP of just $19,995 for 2.5 S model
Herndon, VA – Not all lifestyle load-carriers need to be tall-riding SÚVs. With the rear seats folded, the dynamic 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen can pack a remarkable 66.9 cubic feet of ‘stuff' into its load space—then drive like a sports sedan while getting it to its destination.
And by opting for the Jetta SportWagen TDI wîth its fuel-sipping 2.0-liter TDI® Clean Diesel engine, that destination can be more than 600 miles away, because it can cover that distance on just one tank of diesel fuel, averaging an impressive EPA-estimated 42 highway miles per gallon.
Recently redesigned wîth all-new front end styling, and available wîth a choice of TDI Clean Diesel power or Volkswagen's refined 2.5-liter in-line five-cylinder gasoline engine, the Jetta SportWagen offers German engineering in a sleek, stylish, blast-to-drive package.
And it wouldn't be a Volkswagen if it didn't offer a price tag that raised eyebrows. That is why the well-equipped Jetta SportWagen 2.5S has an MSRP of just $19,995.
There's a new SE wîth Sunroof model available wîth 2.5 liter power, as well as a TDI Clean Diesel wîth Sunroof model. These trims naturally come wîth the huge panoramic glass sunroof that tilts and slides and lets in lots of sunshine, and also includes a set of 10-spoke 17-inch Porto-style alloy wheels.
Available just wîth the Jetta SportWagen TDI Clean Diesel is the new TDI wîth Sunroof and Navigation package. It comes wîth the same panoramic sunroof and 17-inch Porto alloys, but adds Volkswagen's RNS 315 navigation system wîth its five-inch touchscreen color display. It can provide turn-by-turn directions and either 2D or cool 3D-perspective routes. The package keeps on giving wîth keyless access wîth push-button start.
The badge says it all: SportWagen. Here is the melding of sleek sports sedan wîth versatile Euro-style five-door wagon, in a package that's been described as having ‘Vroom to spare'.
An extensive redesign saw the front-end styling brought in line wîth Volkswagen's new design DNA, wîth its focus on strong horizontal cues. It's the same theme that has been adopted so effectively in the latest Golf, GTI, Jetta sedan, Eos and the all-new Passat.
The narrow grille features twin gloss-black horizontal blades running between the headlights, wîth similar horizontal vanes in the lower bumper section. They're designed to visually lower and widen the car's stance.
In profile, the gently-arcing roofline, wîth its sweep echoed by long roof-rack rails gives the Jetta SportWagen a sleek, fast look. Black trim surrounding the side windows of the S model—it's in chrome on both SE and TDI Clean Diesel versions—visually stretch the car, helped by the body-colored tailgate spoiler.
At the rear, the sleek, stretched look continues wîth the fastback-like tailgate that opens almost full-width for ease of loading. The contoured rear bumper wîth its tailgate cut-out, adds to the SportWagen's dynamic look.
To give the new SportWagen an even more custom appearance, there's an available SportWagen Ground Effects styling package. It comprises a new front valence, side sill extensions, rear valence and larger exhaust tips. Add to this the available 18-inch black-finish ‘Karthoum' alloys, or 18-inch silver-finish ‘Goal' wheels for a bold ‘custom tuner' look.
The 2012 Jetta SportWagen has impressive load-carrying abilities. With the 60/40-split folding rear seats in place, there's a spacious 32.8 cubic feet of usable cargo space in the fully-carpeted load area. A roll-out blind keeps the contents away from prying eyes. Lift up a panel in the luggage compartment floor and there's a full-width tray that's perfect for storing away a laptop or briefcase. And it's perfectly-proportioned for pizza boxes. Family-size, naturally.
Fold the rear seats forward and the load area increase to an impressive 66.9 cu ft. And loading is easy thanks to the low bumper height at the rear, and the wide-opening tailgate.
When it's not doing the heavy lifting, the Jetta SportWagen can carry five adults in comfortably. Even the entry-level S model features the kind of materials, the fit and finish, and outstanding attention to detail normally reserved for higher-priced luxury sedans.
Throughout the cabin, high quality, soft-touch plastics are integrated wîth tasteful, brushed metallic trim and chrome highlights. The 2.5S model features Titan Black cloth for its seating surfaces, while the SE and TDI Clean Diesel models offer Volkswagen's trademark perforated V-Tex leatherette.
Talking of seats, the driver and front passenger are held in place by available heatable seats. A tilt and telescopic §teering wheel ensures a tailored driving position.
To let the outside in to the Jetta SportWagen's cabin, there's an XXL-sized panoramic glass tilt/slide sunroof. The aerodynamically and acoustically optimized roof comprises one glass §egmènt for opening, and one fixed glass panel over the rear seat. It features pinch protection and an electrically-operated sunshade that covers the inside of the entire glass area. It's offered on the SE and TDI Clean Diesel models.
Music needs are taken care of by Volkswagen's RCD 310 radio/sound system. On the 2.5 S model it features a single CD player wîth eight speakers, aux-in and MP3 readability. Bluetooth® connectivity is also standard. A step-up to the SE trim sees the system expanded to 10 speakers wîth a six-disc changer, Media Device Interface (MDI) wîth an iPod® cable, and SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio.
Engines and Transmissions
The 2012 Jetta SportWagen comes offered wîth a choice of two technically-advanced engines. Buyers can choose either the 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder gasoline engine, or the highly-acclaimed, 50-state compliant 2.0-liter TDI® Clean Diesel.
The 2.5-liter produces 170 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. It features an aluminum-alloy crossflow cylinder head wîth four valves for each cylinder, double overhead camshafts, maintenance-free hydraulic lifters, and sequential multi-port fuel injection.
A six-speed manual transmission comes standard on the SportWagen 2.5 wîth the option of a six-speed automatic wîth Tiptronic® and Sport mode. Tiptronic allows the driver to shift manually wîth an up or down push of the gear selector. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 33 mpg highway and 23 mpg in the city for the 2.5 wîth six-speed manual, and 31 mpg highway/24 mpg city for the six-speed automatic.
Volkswagen's highly-efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged in-line four-cylinder TDI® Clean Diesel produces 140 horsepower and a muscular 236 lb-ft of torque delivered for strong low-speed response, between 1750 and 2500 rpm.
This state-of-the-art diesel features turbocharging and an advanced common rail direct-injection fuel system. The valve train comprises double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters.
Standard wîth the Jetta SportWagen TDI Clean Diesel is Volkswagen's acclaimed six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission wîth Tiptronic and Sport mode—providing drivers wîth the performance of the manual gearbox and the precision of an automatic. DSG helps the SportWagen TDI Clean Diesel deliver an EPA-estimated 39 mpg highway and 29 mpg in city driving, while the TDI wîth manual transmission can average 42 mpg highway and 30 mpg city.
Suspension and braking
Volkswagen engineers created a suspension system that not only delivers fun, responsive, driver-focused handling, but do so when the car is loaded-up wîth heavy gear.
They used a proven strut-type front suspension wîth coil springs, a lower control arm and an anti-roll bar. At the rear, there's a sophisticated fully-independent multilink arrangement wîth coil springs, telescopic dampers and stabilizer bar.
The electro-mechanical power §teering system includes variable assistance and active return to help keep the driver confident and the Jetta SportWagen stable yet responsive, heading through every turn. In tight parking spots, it provides a 35.8-foot turning radius, wîth three turns of the wheel lock-to-lock.
Stopping duties are handled by a power-assisted four-wheel disc brake set-up that, in the Jetta SportWagen 2.5, utilizes 11.3-inch vented discs at the front and 10.1-inch solid discs at the rear. For the TDI Clean Diesel version, the diameter of the vented front discs goes up to 12.3 inches, wîth 10.7-inch solid rotors at the back.
An Antilock Braking System (ABS) is naturally fitted as standard to all Jetta SportWagen models, along wîth Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Engine Braking Assist (EBA), and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
Safety and Security
|Engine : 2.5 L., 5-cylinder|
Power: 170 hp
Torque: 177 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 140 hp
Torque: 236 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
To protect those inside, there are driver and front passenger front and side thorax airbags, together wîth Side Curtain Protection® head airbags covering outward-seated occupants front and rear.
Additionally, the SportWagen comes wîth Volkswagen's advanced Intelligent Crash Response System that, in certain types of collisions, automatically shuts off the fuel pump to the engine, unlocks the doors, and even switches on the hazard warning lights.
Like all 2012 Volkswagen models, the car is covered under the no-charge Carefree Maintenance Program. All scheduled maintenance is covered for the length of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty—three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.
Six models make up the 2012 Jetta SportWagen model line-up, each one extremely well-equipped, and surprisingly affordable.
The 2.5 S represents exceptional value. Its standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels wîth full covers and 205/55R16 all-season tires; power heatable exterior mirrors; rear window wiper wîth washer; adjustable front intermittent windshield wipers wîth heated washer nozzles; Climatic manual air conditioning; center console wîth adjustable armrest and integrated storage box; cruise control; trip computer; front and rear power windows wîth auto up/down; tilt and telescopic adjusting §teering column; Bluetooth; six-way powered, heatable driver and passenger comfort seats wîth lumbar; split-folding rear seat wîth center armrest and pass-thru; RCD 310 radio/sound system wîth single CD slot, eight speakers, aux input, and MP3 readability.
This adds 16-inch alloy wheels wîth 205/55R16 all-season tires; chrome exterior window trim and front grille; high-line instrument display; leather-wrapped multifunction §teering wheel, brake lever, and shift knob; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; 10-speaker sound system wîth in-dash CD changer, HD radio capability, MDI wîth iPod® cable & SIRIÚSXM™ Satellite Radio.
2.5 SE wîth Sunroof
The SE adds 17-inch alloy wheels wîth all-season tires and a panoramic sunroof wîth power tilt and slide.
2.0 TDI Clean Diesel
It offers the same standard features as the 2.5 SE, but wîth the addition of a 115-volt power outlet.
2.0 TDI Clean Diesel wîth Sunroof
This adds 17-inch alloy wheels wîth all-season tires and a panoramic sunroof wîth power tilt and slide.
2.0 TDI Clean Diesel wîth Sunroof and Navigation
This adds RNS315 radio navigation system, and keyless access wîth push-button start.Source - Volkswagen
The Jetta shares its mechanicals with other Volkswagen A platform vehicles. Though a station wagon idea was drawn up by Mark Stehrenberger, Californian freelance magazine artic, the production never reached fruition. Giorgetto Giugiaro was the designer behind the style of the car and penned at ItalDesign.
A standard 1.6 L four-cylinder engine that was capable of producing 78 hp (57 kW) was powering both the base and GL trims in 1980. The following year, the engine was upgraded to a 1.7 L engine that produced 74 hp (54 kW). Other additional engine choices was a 1.6 L diesel engine that produced 50 hp (37 kW). The final year of the A1, 1984, a GLI high-performance version was made availble that was powered by a 1.8 L engine and a close-ratio transmission from he Rabbit/Golf GTI. This GLI made 90 hp (67 kW) and had an incredibly 105 •lb of (142 N•m) torque.
The longest running Jetta at this point, the A2 series was introduced in Europe in 1984, and the following year in North America. A sales success for Volkswagen, this second series outnumbered the Golf sales two-to-one, and earned the title of best-selling European vehicle in North America.
The A2 was also featured as either a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan. Coupes were limited to base, diesel and Woflsburg trim levels. Following 1991, the coupe model was dropped from the North American VW lineup. Very few external updates or changes were made throughout the run of the A2 series. These included the front-quarter windows being deleted in 88, larger body-colored bumpers being added, along with the addition of lower side skirts from 90 to 92. There was also various grille and side-cladding changes made.
From 1985 to 86, A2 Jetta coupeBase and GL Jettas were powered by a 1.8 L gasoline I4 that was rated at 85 hp. This was later bumped up to 100 hp, and finally 1.5 hp. A variety of three diesel engines were made available in the A2 Jetta, a 1.6 L naturally-aspirated diesel with 52 hp, a 1.6 L 68 hp turbodiesel, and a 1.6 L ECOdiesel that made 59 hp and was featured for two years; 91 and 92.
The GLI model, which was a much sportier model was originally powered by the standard 1.8 L gasoline engne with 100 hp. The first DOHC engine was introduced in 1987 by Volkswagen. A serious performance contender, a 2.0 L DOHC 16-valve engine that was rated at 134 hp was added to the GLI in 1990. A CIS Motronic engine management system was equipped on the 2.0 L 16-valve engine.
The A2 Jetta eventually dropped into the small executive saloon car class in the UK. These were among the Vauxhall Belmont, Daihatsu Charmant, Audi 80/90, Ford Orion and Rover 213/216.
By Volkswagen's second joint venture partner First Auto Works, the A2 went on to become one of the first Volkswagen models produced in China from 91 to 97. Only two facelifts were ever done since its introduction in China, the first occuring in 1997. Known as the FAW-Volkswagen Jetta Kind, production began in 1998 and involved borrowing spare grilles that were left from the Volkswagen Passat B4. 2004 brought about another facelift that was quite similar to the first one.
A newly refined evolution of the previous generation Jetta, the Vento was the new A3 version that was introced in 1991 in Europe. Following a production delay at the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico, the Jetta debuted in 1993. The plant in Mexico had been chosen to supply American and Canadian dealerships. The A3 was designed in-house under Herbert Schafer, and was unfortunately criticized as the 'Poor Man's BMW' and insulted due to its ‘boxy' design. Offered as only a four-door sedan, consequently, more trim levels than any other Jetta line were made available. A new grille, body-colored rub strips and different wheel covers were featured on this new series.
The GLS was the luxury trim that featured power locks and windows, optional subroof and leather seats. The GL was the base trim of the A3. A special series was the Trek, and it featured a bike rack, a Trek bike, spoiler, alloy wheels, rocker panel covers, and in 97, other various accessories and options for the top-of the line GLX. A similar package was the K2 was featured a K2 snowboard or a pair of K2 skis rather than a bike.
Two models were also featured in the Canadian market that never made it to the US, and those were the Golf/Jetta CL, decontented GL models that featured 90 horsepower and 1.8L Mono Motronic engine.The CL was dropped following the 97 model year. The second model offered in Canada was a Jetta GL Turbo Diesel that was introduced in 93 and only lasted for 3 years. Rated at 74 horsepower, the 1.9L AAZ Code diesel had a range over 900km. This was a bored and stroked version of the 1.6L Turbo Diesel that the A2 Jetta featured. As the engine had not aged well and many owners experienced signifiant crankshaft failuares, the Jetta GL Diesel had drooping sales.
Introduced as the Bora in Latin America and Europe, the fourth generation of the Volkswagen Jetta was introduced in late 1998 following the Passat. The A4 shared many similar styling cues of the Passat, the rounded shape and arched roofline now served as the Volkswagen styling trademark, rather than the traditional sharp creases for curved corners.
Four different trim levels were available in this fourth generation Jetta. These included GL, GLS, GLX, and GLI, as well as the option of a wagon. The station wagon variant was marketed as a Golf in various European markets and came with a Golf grille, headlights, bumper and fenders.
The base model GL was powered by an enhanced 2.0 L 8-valve four cylinder engine that was based on models of previous years. A 1.9 L TDI diesel engine was offered as optional, and following 2001 on, a turbcharged 1.8 L engine (Wolfsburg Edition) was featured.
Many of the original production issues with the original design were completely eliminated by 2002. On the secondhand market, A4 Jettas are generally consiered more desirable. The re-release of the Wolfsburg edition that featured the updated turbocharged 1.8 L engine, now available with 180 hp was showcased in 2003. This same year was the last for the 1.9L ‘ALH' TDI turbodiesel engine design. High resale prices for cars with this engine have been the result of its reputation for both reliability and versatility. Unfortunately, the earlier models had reputations for many recalls and bugs, due to elecric or lighting malfunctions.
Considered to be quite an improvement, the GLS came with optional leather seats along with a sport package that included 17' alloy wheels and a stiffer suspension. All engine choices were featured until 2003 before the VR was eliminated. The luxury model for the A4 was the GLX, and this featured leather seats, wood grain trim, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and much ore. The VR6 engine was transferred to a drive-by-wire 24-valve design that was rated at 200 hp in 2003. It was now available in the GLX and the new GLI model which was re-introduced in 2003. The GLI featured sport suspension, 200 hp VR6, and six-speed manual transmission. The GLX model was dropped in 2004.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the USA Jetta in 2004, a limited edition of the Jatta GLI was featured for a limited time. This elite model had an available 180 hp, 1.8 L inline-4, linked to a 6-speed manual transmisison. Available in Black Magin Pearl, Tornado Red, Blue Lagoon and Platinum gray, the interior of the Anniversary GLI was black with aluminum trim that included black upholstered Recaro bcket seats with red 'GLI' lettering embroidery. This special edition was capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in an amazing 6.7 seconds, and had a top speed of 146 mph. The Jetta GLI with V6 and options was still widely available.
An all new ‘PD' version of the 1.9L TDI diesel engine was made available in 2005. This unit produced 74 kW (100 hp DIN) and featured 177 ft•lbf (250 N•m) of torque. All Jettas equipped with 1.8T engines, regardless of trim level, now produced 180 hp at the beginning of the 2002 model year. A jump from the previous 150 hp, the 1.8T featured a slightly larger turbocharger.
The A4 Jetta continues to be sold as a 2006 model in some countries such as Mexico, due to high pricing of the A5 for the Mexican market. Sold in various countries, a high performance variant of the A4 Bora came with 4-Motion all wheel drive and a VR6 engine. Both 2.4 L VR 5 and 1.6 L I4 engines were also featured in Europe. The A4 Bora continues to be sold in China, much like its predecessor A2 Jetta.
Volkswagen re-released the A4 Jetta in Canada in 2007 as the City Jetta. This new edition was offered at a base price of $16,700 cdn. The A5 had moved upscale, versus much of the competition, and this re-release allowed Volkswagen to become more competitive with the rest of the compact class. While no diesel or 1.8 Turbo was being offered, the 2.0 L SOHC 115hp was the featured engine. Rather than being manufactured in Germany like the standard Jetta, the City Jetta is built in Pueblo, Mexico. There is also no Jetta Wagon, and the new city Jetta features more limited trim options that the standard A4 series.
In January of 2005, the fifth generation Jetta was released at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Larger than the fourth generation, and with m ore upscale styling and greater interior room, A5 is now equal to the former generation Passat. The introduction of the first independent rear suspension in a Jetta was the largest update in this series. The base engine is a 2.5L I5 that produces 110 kW and has an available 168 ft•lbf (228 N•m) of torque.
Overlapping the final model year of the A4 Jetta, the A5 went on sale in March 2005 as a 2005 ½ model in North America. In the late summer of 2005, a 2006 GLI version was released. This new model was designed by Walter de'Silva. Unfortunately sales were quite disappointing in the US due to the rapidly rising fuel prices that resulted in the heavy demand for vehicles equipped with the TDI diesel version. Many critics believed that the A5 was too high-priced for the highly competitive compact vehicle market , though they embraced the overall vehicle. The new GLI was named an Everday Hero by Car and Driver for 2006 ‘for an enthusiast who wants sports car handling without losing too much practicality'. For the 2007 model year, a station wagon of the A5 Jetta is promised.
In Mexico, the A4 continues to be sold as the Jetta, while the Bora is the A5. The A2 is sold as the Jetta in china, and the A5 is marketed as the Sagitar together with the A4 Bora. Launched in Latin America in 06, it is named the Vento. In February of 06, the Jetta was launched in Australia and production was made at the Mexico plant.By Jessica Donaldson
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