The Volkswagen Jetta line of compact sedans and wagons has gotten more complicated since last year. In 2011, VW launched a redesigned, larger, and cheaper Jetta four-door sedan--but carried the Jetta SportWagen using the older body style, albeit with new front sheetmetal to make it resemble the sedan.
So the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen is essentially the same vehicle it's been for a few years. Not that that's a bad thing.
The greenest SportWagen is clearly the TDI clean diesel model, which accounts for roughly half of all Jetta SportWagens sold in the U.S. (and an increasing number of Jetta sedans and Golf hatchbacks too).
The 140-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbodiesel puts out a ton of torque with very little harshness or vibration. That makes it fun to use, whether it's thrashing around town or hammering down highways. (Passenger-car turbos should frequently be run at full throttle to clean them out.)
The EPA rates the 2012 Jetta SportWagen TDI at 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 34...
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