Review 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SEL — 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

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Review: Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SEL

The mere mention of the name in to automobiles brings a collective to lots of auto enthusiasts. many gas/electric hybrids be both practical and frugal, few are to drive. Recently, Volkswagen its German hat into the hybrid with the introduction of the Jetta While VW may be best known for its and torquey TDI diesel with to fuel economy—it already over 40 highway MPG—the Hybrid is rated at 42 city, 45 and 48 highway—better than the diesel. And in VW fashion, this hybrid is rewarding to drive. Much of is due to the fact that VW has paired a turbocharged engine with a electric motor. Yes, is a turbocharged hybrid. In fact, the sticker even says Hybrid for Turbo Fans.”

The Jetta has been selling for VW, despite it being panned by automotive media outlets. be told, this was my first of any sort with the most Jetta. From the outside, it look pretty bland, and more bland in “Moonrock Metallic,” aka beige with the 16” wheels. The solid bar-style and small deck spoiler are to the Jetta Hybrid, but still distinguish it much from Jettas. Those looking for eco-chic thing will to look elsewhere. The Jetta exterior styling does for me. While it isn’t ugly, it much to look at.

So far, it’s not sounding too right? That’s about to …

The big story here is the drivetrain. The of the turbocharged gas engine and torquey motor leads to a surprising of gusto. Total power is 170 horsepower and 184 ft./lbs. of torque. Our Hybrid was mated to the wonderful DSG twin-clutch gearbox which quick gear changes, shifted manually or in full mode. Mash the throttle and be introduced to more wheel that you’d ever from a compact hybrid This thing really I kept thinking, finally—a for the masses that has some Honestly, this was the most fun I’d had in a vehicle to date. Too bad it doesn’t as fun as it drives. I will say this: is the least hybrid-like hybrid driven to date. Power is linear, and natural. And unlike of its gas/electric competitors, sometimes you you’re driving a hybrid

Acceleration, of course, is only of a vehicle’s overall performance. not a sporty model, like a the Jetta Hybrid did handle Again, it wasn’t up to GLI performance by any but it did handle competently. The supple easily soaked up bumps around town or on the highway. of, the Jetta Hybrid’s highway was very good, and it cruises and comfortably.

Inside the Jetta Hybrid is an airy, minimalist cockpit. no flashy designs or gimmicky bits; it’s simple, forward, and basic. Luckily, it felt very solid. I didn’t mind the interior, again, had been criticized by the press. Most of it was very to use and was also very comfortable. But there was more beige. the interior color is called Beige.” Not exciting, but at least it is crafted and comfortable.

As I’ve to already, this is the least of any hybrid I’ve driven, and theme continues inside. are some bits that’ll you you’re driving a vehicle powered by electricity, such as the cluster. That dial on the That’s showing your The dial displays Eco, and a neutral area in between. fuel economy? Stay in Want to move quickly? find yourself in Boost. Of there’s the Charge area, too for you’re sending power to the battery pack. Additionally, if you want to see where the power is and how it’s being used, you can a menu on the infotainment system show you when the gas engine is then the electric motor is and when power is being back to the battery. The best You can easily turn it off. a very simplistic animation to at, and I tried to use it to get the fuel economy … at least when I wasn’t on the

There was an excellent stereo with easy-to-pair Bluetooth and a good navigation unit, all of controlled via touchscreen. Additionally the leatherette seats felt and were heated. Those to the back seat will plenty of space and comfort. there is a power moonroof to things up on nice days. to carry some cargo? of the trunk is occupied by the battery but you can still get medium-sized pieces of in there without issue.


Now comes the inevitable question: Hybrid or Jetta TDI? The Hybrid SEL stickers for $30,155 destination. This nets you the MPG numbers (premium fuel a DSG gearbox, and a good bit of get-up-and-go. A equipped Jetta TDI will run you $29,000, but fuel economy is at 30 city, 34 combined, and 42 highway, so the does return better according to the EPA’s estimates. I got 40 MPG with our Jetta Hybrid, because I was on the boost quite a and the majority of my driving was in the city.

put it this way: If I had to buy a compact sedan, I’d buy a Jetta Hybrid. its unassuming looks, I was impressed by its quality, power delivery, and However, if I had to opt for a Jetta, I’d still go the TDI for the torque and the availability of a true transmission. But as far as hybrid vehicles go, has done a great job with the Hybrid. I just wish it as good as it drove.

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