2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
There are 3 user reviews for the SEL trim shown below
- Fun to drive, love the panoramic sun roof
- Rear air vents barely work, no option for a rear back up camera
I test drove many different cars and decided to check out VW's. Once inside the wagon, my eyes immediately locked onto the panoramic sun roof. The sun roof covers the entire front and back seats and gives a spacious, open feeling to the interior. This was a good start. Then I started looking for the controls to adjust my seat. This is where the disappointment began. A lever under my seat to move forward and different adjustments on the side made a simple adjustment, difficult. The console was just okay - once again another example that I was clearly getting a more economical and less luxurious vehicle.
The sportswagon I was test driving was a SE automatic. The steering was tight and the car held to the road. It seemed to have plenty of power and was just fun to drive. Overall I was impressed - but still not ready to make my final decision.
A few things about the car bothered me: the seat adjustments and the air conditioning. When I tested the air, it didn't seem very cold. Also, the rear air vents barely blow out much of anything.
After researching the car more, I realized the SEL had most everything I wanted; more horsepower, bigger tires, real leather, power driver seat with memory and radio controls on the steering wheel.
I made yet another appointment with the dealer to test drive the SEL (he had one w/o sun roof or navigation) but at least I could feel the difference in the motor, tires, and interior. We took the SEL for a spin and I was absolutely in-love! The SEL is worth every penny more!!! (Yes a few thousand more and I'd be in an Audi - but a base Audi w/o navigation and sun roof.) The 2.0 turbo motor (which is the exact same as the Audi A3) is even more of a blast to drive. The power seats make such a difference. The leather is real and much more plush. Best of all the air conditioner (the SEL has dual air) is much cooler! (The rear air vents are still pathetic - truly they need to look into them.) But the air that comes out of the console is much cooler. I was sold.
The only two things I would have VW improve next time around: rear air vents and the option to have a rear back up camera. (Jetta's don't come with rear back up cameras - which is too bad since they pride themselves in safetly.) All in all, I am excited and can't wait for my new Jetta."
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