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2013 Volkswagen Jetta First Drive

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By Thom Blackett for Cars.com

In years, the Volkswagen Jetta and VWs has been recognized for, other things, its varied of gas and diesel engines. There been four-cylinders, a proven turbocharged gas and diesel offerings, and a VR6 six-cylinder tossed in for good With that, the introduction of the Jetta Hybrid shouldn’t as much of a surprise.

And yet, to it does. Logic would the new hybrid variant would compete with, and quite siphon sales from, the fuel-efficient diesel-powered Jetta which has sold well few discounts.

Volkswagen says won’t be an issue. According to executives, the 2013 Jetta will attract new customers who consider the TDI to be a legitimate competitor to Those same shoppers still have negative of diesel, or maybe they want to hunt for gas stations the fuel.

To get a firsthand look at the Toyota newest competitor, I attended a media event in Santa Fe, where I drove a midlevel Hybrid SEL and a top-of-the-line Jetta Premium. Models will on dealer lots by late with a starting price of which includes a $795 charge.


That sum more than a Prius and more than a Honda Hybrid puts buyers the wheel of a spacious sedan noted for having generous legroom. But the cavernous 15.5-cubic-foot of the Jetta takes a serious hit to a large battery pack. It is at just 11.3 cubic The interior has also added softer materials to the doors and in line with the Jetta But, more importantly for commuters, the Jetta’s entertaining dynamics carry through to new hybrid variant with gas mileage that may separate it other hybrids on the market.

Although the perception is becoming outdated, any new hybrid model raises the same question: it drive like a hybrid? In the case, the answer is unequivocally no. of the credit goes to a powertrain consists of a 150-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder that works a 27-hp electric motor, a DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery that stores and delivers power as Net output for the entire system 170 hp and 184 pounds-feet of torque, and the curb is 229 pounds heavier than the 2.5L.


As I discovered over the of roughly 100 miles, the Jetta offers brisk acceleration of turbo lag, plenty of torque for merging into traffic and top-end oomph attempting a pass at high and seamless shifts from the DSG That unit, by the way, a Sport mode and a manual-shift both of which allow to dial in a smidge more

The 2013 Jetta Hybrid’s is equally impressive, especially fitted with optional wheels. A multilink rear shared with the Jetta GLI too. On twisty mountain the car felt planted and secure, the provided decent road and I confidently tackled corners considerable speed. Body was evident but not considerable. And, the overly sensitive pedal that can accompany a hybrid’s braking system, I was pleased to the Jetta Hybrid’s stopping to be easily modulated.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Turbocharged Hybrid


When driving at speeds and depending on road and conditions, tapping an E-Mode located forward of the gearshift the Jetta Hybrid to travel up to 44 mph on electric power. When the engine eventually kicks in, the is almost imperceptible.

As this is being written, Volkswagen remain tight-lipped about the Jetta Hybrid’s fuel-economy though it has announced an EPA combined of 45 mpg. That’s well of the Prius’ 50 mpg estimated average, and a bit the 47-mpg Ford C-Max However, the Volkswagen does the Honda Civic Hybrid (44 the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid/Kia Hybrid twins (37 mpg). The TDI, by the way, has a combined economy rating of 34 mpg. See a side-by-side comparison here.

Though better than the Jetta Hybrid clearly match the Prius’ outstanding but Volkswagen hopes to lure shoppers with a car that’s fun to drive and, well, look like a Prius.

effort will face challenges, as the differences between two models extend beyond and fuel economy. Specifically, the Hybrid requires premium while the Prius runs fine on regular 87-octane The smaller trunk also behind the Prius’ relatively hatchback with 21.6 feet. And, finally, will be limited to the sedan style of the Jetta; a Jetta Hybrid is not in the works, VW says. The on the other hand, is available in body styles, plus a version.

With the exception of its model, Volkswagen is late to the party. The Prius dominates the while others, such as the Fusion Hybrid, continue to The 2013 Jetta Hybrid, offers a blend of sportiness, and fuel economy in a compact package that helps it in the hybrid world.

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2014 Volkswagen Jetta Turbocharged Hybrid
2014 Volkswagen Jetta Turbocharged Hybrid
2014 Volkswagen Jetta Turbocharged Hybrid

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