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2014 Volkswagen Jetta Turbocharged Hybrid

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Quick Take

I’m down the freeway in the 2014 Hybrid SEL Premium when the of relativity hits me like In this instance it has nothing to do Einstein’s concepts that changed the way we view space and but rather something simpler: how compact sedan’s gas-electric compares with others.

reading this, you may not have known that Volkswagen a hybrid version of the Jetta. it on the success of this compact other worthy iterations and particular model’s freshness. the latter, the hybrid Jetta was introduced in 2013. As for the former, it stiff competition even its own lineup, namely from the peppy and efficient 1.8-liter 4-cylinder that replaced the old 5-cylinder, and the venerable diesel-powered TDI.

Big Boost in City MPG

The Jetta is just the second such vehicle from Volkswagen was the Touareg). It uses a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and a battery-fed motor. All told, the system 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. numbers, not incidentally, are the same as made by the new 1.8-liter turbocharged engine. Where the numbers — and by a healthy margin is in fuel economy.

The 2014 Hybrid is EPA-rated at 42 mpg city/48 mpg mpg combined. Those figures even the impressive stats by the Jetta TDI, which in at 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway/34 mpg combined. The meanwhile, yields a not-shabby for an automatic model.

In everyday driving, I found the EPA numbers realistic. While I carried 48 mpg on the highway, the on-board showed 46-plus. But like hybrids, the Jetta’s stellar economy comes at a cost. And where relativity really its head.

Comfortable and Agile

to a Prius, the Jetta Hybrid is fun to Its suspension blends comfort and and its little turbocharged engine the Jetta feel zippy, if not (VW pegs the Jetta Hybrid’s mph time at 8.6 seconds.) There’s a sport mode for the Jetta standard 7-speed automatic that quickens shifts and revs longer.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Turbocharged Hybrid

But relative to a Jetta TDI or Jetta the 1.8-liter turbo-4, the hybrid’s delivery is less refined. is an inherent hurdle that are working hard to overcome. power delivery shifts the electric motor to gasoline the transition can be slightly jarring, and the Hybrid is no exception. I was reminded of almost every time I away from a stop. And it was time to stop again, the Hybrid’s regenerative brakes feel grabby. By contrast, the fate you might suffer in the or gasoline engines is some lag.

Cost a Consideration

Then the cost consideration. The Jetta at least initially, comes at a The base price on a 2014 Hybrid is $28,465. A diesel with automatic transmission, on the hand, starts some less at $23,215. Less still is a 2014 Jetta SE, an automatic version coming in at The Hybrid, however, does more standard features as premium touch-screen audio and when it comes to the 5-Year to Own, the hybrid’s numbers closer to that of the diesel they are still higher the 1.8-liter model).

The Jetta Hybrid successfully fuel economy that exceeds 40 mpg with more a modicum of sportiness, all wrapped in a 5-passenger Euro sedan whose trunk still has cargo space despite it the battery pack. Those are few other hybrids can claim and no other at this price Relative to its stellar and lower-priced and high-mileage gasoline siblings, the hybrid is a harder sell, at initially. If, however, you’re a lover who is willing to pay more up regularly commute many and plan to keep your car years, the numbers can certainly out.

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