Steven G., Virginia Beach, Va.

You’ll find twice as much cargo room behind the Jetta SportWagen’s rear seat compared with the Golf, which is the major advantage to the Jetta — 32.8 cubic feet versus 15 cubic feet. Surprisingly, the two cars stack up equally in other areas, though the Golf is the little sibling to the Jetta in VW’s lineup.

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The extra cargo room doesn’t come free, though, and the Jetta SportWagen TDI starts at $24,615 compared with $22,760 for the Golf TDI four-door hatchback, not including destination charges.

For the TDI models of each, gas mileage ratings are identical at 30/42 mpg city/highway for automatics and 30/41 mpg for manuals. Of the Jetta and Golf TDI models we’ve driven, both have a sporty driving character and firm ride.

You’ll sacrifice cargo room with the Golf, but its overall length is shorter so if you’re a city dweller, this could help in urban parking and maneuverability. It’s still a four-door hatchback, so cargo versatility is still very good.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on March 25, 2010 in volkswagen , Volkswagen Golf , Volkswagen Jetta TDI , What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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