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Old April 22nd, 2013, 18:06   #1
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Default Passat or Jetta SportWagen?

We are looking to replace my wife's 2007 Passat wagon with something new and we're debating whether to go with a '13 Passat or a '13 Jetta SportWagen. Either way it will be a TDI with a manual transmission.

I could go either way, but then again I'm not going to drive the car every day. Both cars drive very similar. In the Passat's favor are the legroom, front and rear, that the seats are comfortable, and the range. In the JSW's favor are the ability to get a sunroof (and I really like that big, honkin' sunroof), which you cannot in the Passat with the manual, and the fact that the JSW is a little smaller and a little sportier.

What to do?
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 19:26   #2
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Option C, wait a year or two and get the next generation JSW? It's allready getting hard to find JSW TDI 6Ms.
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 20:14   #3
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Option C, wait a year or two and get the next generation JSW? It's allready getting hard to find JSW TDI 6Ms.
The Passat is coming up on some expensive maintenance that I'd rather not invest in. I work for a dealer and they have two JSW TDI 6Ms and one Passat SE TDI 6M in stock.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 17:16   #4
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The wagon also gives you added versatility for hauling some bulky (tall) items that won't fit in the trunk of the car.

I am pretty sure my protein feeders won't fit in a Passat trunk. They just BARELY fit through the hatch of the wagon.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 18:12   #5
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I have both. JSW is easier to get stuff out of the back and versatility For hauling stuff. Passat is much more comfortable to drive ( extra room, quieter, extra tank capacity). Overall I like them both equally for different reasons. Mine are both DSG with sunroof on Passat and not on JSW.


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Old April 25th, 2013, 18:55   #6
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If the sunroof is your thing, get the SW.

I gave up on the stickshift 13 years ago with my first TDI automatic, and haven't looked back. If you are willing to try the DSG, they have plenty of Passat sunroofs for cheap.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 20:36   #7
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Go for the JSW,

there are too many passats on the road as it is. I want to be the only one driving a passat.

P lus I got the last one ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=_xaDCa8XAq0

Plus, it is a pain in the a$$ to reach back and grab something from the rear seats, I can't reach it. VW gave too much leg room in the back for passengers on the passat.

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Old April 26th, 2013, 08:28   #8
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It depends on what you want to do with the car. I'm a big fan of wagons because my wife and I are cyclists. I hate roof racks (wind noise, big fuel consumption hit), and since we're empty nesters now, with the back seats folded we can get two road bikes in back without taking off wheels, and still have enough room to stuff in some luggage for a couple of day's travel. So the JSW (or rather since I'm in Canada, the Golf Wagon) was what fit our needs best. So far it's been a great choice.

Essentially the pricing was similar for us in Canada between a base Passat TDI and a Golf TDI wagon w/connectivity package. So that was a wash.

Ours was a replacement for our 2005 Passat TDI sedan (which we've kept for our son); so you might think another Passat sedan would have been the logical choice; however at the time we bought the 2005 Passat, we also had a 2004 Jetta wagon. When I replaced my 2007 Passat 2.0T wagon with a Golf TDI (hatch), we gave up some utility; we were happy to regain it with the Golf Wagon.
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Old April 26th, 2013, 08:51   #9
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If you need to load big and tall things get the JSW. If you need to carry people and luggage get the Passat

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Old April 26th, 2013, 10:02   #10
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As everyone else has said, it all depends on what your needs are. If I were only looking for a highway cruiser, it would be the Passat. Since I have one starting collee in the fall, I'll stay with the JSW and the hauling room for a few more years.
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Kinda redundant but the HPFP is also a selling point for the Passat. That being said, I'd go with the SW.
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One thing that no else has pointed out. After working on two passats, go for the JSW. The Passat has the engine pointing towards the front and makes it almost impossible to get to ANYTHING on the bottom of it. But since you have a Passat already, you might know that!
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One thing that no else has pointed out. After working on two passats, go for the JSW. The Passat has the engine pointing towards the front and makes it almost impossible to get to ANYTHING on the bottom of it. But since you have a Passat already, you might know that!
Is that the case on the new Passat TDIs? It is on my 2005 Passat TDI but my 2007 had a transverse mounted engine. I'd be surprised if VW reverted to longitudinal mount. That was a vestige of the Passat being essentially an Audi A4 but now Passats are no longer based on an Audi chassis
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Is that the case on the new Passat TDIs? It is on my 2005 Passat TDI but my 2007 had a transverse mounted engine. I'd be surprised if VW reverted to longitudinal mount. That was a vestige of the Passat being essentially an Audi A4 but now Passats are no longer based on an Audi chassis
Newest one I worked on was an 05 Passat TDI wagon that my friend bought. A real pain to put a p/s rack on because it is in the middle of the car!!
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