SPECS
Horsepower
140 HP
Torque
236 LB-FT
Curb Weight
3283 LB
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Engine Size
2.0 L
Transmission Type
Manual
MPG (City/Highway)
38/47 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

The Smoking Tire One Take review here (CLICK) I'm also the editor for www.tracktuned.com  and co-host on the " SlipAngle " podcast.   Follow us on Instagram  and give us a "Like" on Facebook . I originally bought this car because I was doing a lot of driving for my job in outside sales covering all of Georgia, Alabama, and the Panhandle of Florida.  I really wanted a Fiesta ST, but it was just too small for me to make it work for all the stuff I needed to carry with me for my job at the time.  I also looked at a Mazda CX-5 (don't know it till you try it) - we had just bought my fiance one a few months before I was looking for a new car and I had taken it to an S2000 rally at Deal's Gap and not many of the S2000s could keep up (driver mod).  To get a manual trans in the CX-5, you had to get the base model with the small engine, no leather, no sat radio, no heated seats...and worst of all...not available in white.   So, enter the 2014 Jetta Sportwagen.  It checked all the boxes.  White with tan leather, interior (what I wanted at the time, but now I regret the tan interior), sat radio, backup camera, heated seats, all the space I needed for work, great fuel economy...and a 6 speed manual trans.  After doing some research, I found that the chassis was the same as a 4 door GTI, just with a foot and a half added behind the rear wheels (same wheelbase) and that sealed the deal.  Tons of aftermarket potential to get the thing to handle well, TDI mpg, etc, etc.  It's the perfect car for me.   I consider this car the non-compromising compromise car.  It does everything well.  Not great, but well.  I can't think of 1 vehicle that would work better for me personally.  

Discuss this build

[]Jack Lapham

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[]Chris Leiter

Austin, can you share some info on the exhaust work you did to it? Our TDI Sportwagen is throwing a CEL for the emissions crap and I want to just remove it from the equation (live in an area where diesels aren't tested).

[]Austin Cabot

Before the camber plates, I needed to roll and pull the front fenders. With 2.5 degrees, it clears just fine, no rubbing. Id still say roll the fenders, remove the clip on that one tab in the fenderwell, and do a slight pull if you want tons of space. Just look at what the MKV/MKVI GTI guys do. Same car, essentially. I've gotten most of my info from the MK6 forum.

[]Torrey Belzberg

Austin, how can you have it at that height (in the front) without dealing with any sort of rub?

[]Diego Murillo

Hey Austin, just one question about your wheels, how durable are they compared to OEM wheels? I've been wanting to up the personality of my Jetta without compromising the durability of the wheels.

[]Austin Cabot

Hi Jack, my car currently has Integrated Engineering camber plates, and at the ride height that I'm at, Im able to get -2.5 degrees of camber up front. They are a direct replacement for any front strut that uses the factory top mounts and thread pitch. You can find them here - performancebyie.com

[]Jack Lapham

Austin - Just saw your One Take. Cool car! Pretty similar to what I have going. I was hoping I could find some more detailed information on your suspension and where you sourced it, specifically the camber plates - thanks, J.

[]Franklin Chiu

If you wants some RE11 for $200 from my recently sold 2011 Jetta Sportwagen TDI for your 18s in Boulder, CO, PM me.

[]Jack Lapham

I also want to know how you're getting away with that ride height and no rub. I'm on H&R Sport Springs and 18x8 ET45 (just like you) and I rub in hard cornering all the time. The particular torx bolt in the fender is burnished to a shine at this point lol.

[]Diego Murillo

Yes, they threw me off when I saw the center cap. They give it a premium sports look. Well, that puts me in an odd situation. My commute does consist of potholes just about every road I take. Thank you for the feed back. Are you holding on to your oem TDI wheels?

[]Austin Cabot

Hey Diego - these Neuspeeds aren't as durable as the OEM wheels, and the weight shows that. I've already cracked one and had to replace it. Another is bent from me getting too aggressive on some curbing at Gingerman Raceway in Michigan this summer. Keep in mind, Ive put 45k miles on them and only had these two issues, so for most people, that's 3 years of driving. They look almost OEM, but they weigh 18 lbs.

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