The lines that we like on the Golf GTI somehow fall short with the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen. The taillight assembly looks like it was tacked on to the design at the last minute and the grille looks more like the work of an overzealous orthodontist than what we picture when we think of VW. The car's best look is in profile, where the designers make a case for a wagon actually being sporty. Just park it sideways in your driveway.
All three stars on this one go for the space available in the hatch area, which is approximately 66.9 cubic feet with the seats folded forward, compared to just 16 cubic feet in the sedan. The rest of the interior is similar to most Volkswagen products, with slightly above average quality and a pleasant two-tone color scheme. The seats are comfortable and sufficiently bolstered, though covered in a soft material that I wouldn't put that much faith into holding up.