2013 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

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What's New for 2013:
  • Jetta Hybrid debuts
  • Standard features for sedans
  • Upgraded exterior appearance for sedans
  • Jetta GLI trim gets launch control system

Exterior Features
The 2013 Jetta Sedan is offered in S, SE, SEL, TDI, GLI, and Hybrid trims, while the Jetta SportWagen model is available in S and SE trim levels. All 2013 Jettas have power heated side mirrors, while SportWagen models include heated washer nozzles and larger wheels.

Interior Features
Standard equipment for the Jetta S Sedan includes air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, height-adjustable driver's seat, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a stereo with an auxiliary audio input jack. The Jetta S SportWagen adds cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, trip computer, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats.

Optional Features
Volkswagen offers numerous upgrades for the Jetta, including aluminum wheels, touch-screen radio, Fender premium sound, navigation, power sunroof, keyless entry, push-button ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.

Under the Hood
Five different engines are offered for the 2013 Jetta. The S Sedan has a 115-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, while the S SportWagen, SE, and SEL Sedan trims provide a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter, inline 5-cylinder engine. Each engine is offered with either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

Jetta TDI models have a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder clean diesel engine that generates 140 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. Sport-tuned GLI models are equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. Each of these engines can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automated manual transmission.

The Jetta Hybrid Sedan pairs a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric assist motor and a Lithium-ion battery pack for a combined 170 horsepower. A 7-speed DSG is standard, and in electric mode the Jetta can travel up to 1.2 miles at up to 44 mph.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta are:
  • Jetta S Sedan with manual transmission: 24/34/28 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Jetta S Sedan with automatic transmission: 23/35/29 mpg
  • Jetta TDI with manual transmission: 30/42/34 mpg
  • Jetta TDI Sedan with DSG: 30/42/34 mpg
  • Jetta TDI SportWagen with DSG: 29/39/33 mpg
  • Jetta GLI with manual transmission: 22/33/26 mpg
  • Jetta GLI with DSG: 24/32/27 mpg
  • Jetta Hybrid: 45 mpg combined (VW estimate)

Every 2013 Jetta has 6 air bags, 4-wheel-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction and stability control, and Intelligent Crash Response, which unlocks the doors, activates the hazard flashers, and shuts off the fuel pump after a crash. A reversing camera is available on the GLI trim.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Jetta Sedan a 4- (out of 5) star overall crash-test rating, but has not evaluated the Jetta SportWagen. As this overview was written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had not performed crash tests on the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. However, the structurally identical 2012 Jetta Sedan and SportWagen were named \"Top Safety Picks.\"


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