Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2.5L S

From VW press:  The Jetta SportWagen has always appealed to drivers seeking German engineering in a versatile, stylish, and fun-to-drive package. With a starting price of $19,825 for the Jetta SportWagen, affordability remains another important trait of the 2011 lineup.

The fuel-sipping 2011 Jetta TDI SportWagen model once again features the critically- acclaimed 2.0-L TDI clean diesel engine that has placed clean diesel, as one of the most efficient alternative fuel readily available in all 50 states. In TDI trim, the SportWagen can achieve 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway (EPA estimates when equipped with manual or DSG® automatic transmission) and starts at $24,730.

Those who choose to outfit the 2011 SportWagen with the 2.0L four-cylinder TDI clean diesel engine are rewarded with a thoroughly advanced workhorse that is dynamic enough for treks through the city, as well as long highway stints.

The 2.0L employs an electronically- controlled turbocharger and common rail direct fuel injection to help ensure smooth power delivery and a noticeable reduction in tailpipe emissions. Featuring 140 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and an impressive 236 lbs.-ft. of torque available between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm, the 2.0L is an efficient option for drivers that also have a penchant for performance.

To connect the driver with the TDI clean diesel engine, either a standardsix-speed manual transmission, or optional DSG six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic® control, can be selected. Volkswagen’s DSG dual clutch transmission not only helps deliver noteworthy fuel mileage, especially during highway use, but also places racing-inspired technology at drivers’ fingertips. Advanced direct shifting technology guided by a special computer lets the DSG transmission automatically engage and disengage gears without the need for a clutch pedal.

As one clutch is engaged for the next gear, the clutch from the previous gear is instantly released, making for quick, lag-free shifts that keep the engine in the sweet spot of its power band. Drivers can choose to have fully-automated operation by placing the gear selector in the “D” or “S” position, or they can enjoy the control of manual shifting by selecting Tiptronic mode. Using Tiptronic, drivers can shift up and down through the gears by tapping the gearshift lever up and down.

Standard on the Jetta SportWagen (S and SE models) is the economical, yet powerful, 2.5-liter five cylinder engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 177 lbs.-ft. of torque. The 2.5L comes stocked with an aluminum alloy cross flow head containing four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts, maintenance-free hydraulic lifters, and Motronic® sequential multi- port fuel injection.

Power is transferred on to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox, or an available six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and sport modes for driver- engaged shifting. The five-cylinder engine takes the Jetta from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.7 seconds with the automatic transmission, and in only 8.4 seconds when mated to the manual transmission. Fuel efficiency ratings are an EPA-estimated 33 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city when equipped with a manual transmission.

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