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Test Drive: 2013 Jetta Hybrid

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are true, but Volkswagen would you keep the former in mind you cross shop the 2013 Hybrid against other do-gooders like the Toyota .

The word “turbo” itself isn’t important. Power is after all. But, if it describes an increasingly common type these days, it sounds cool to some

More to the point is the fact the Jetta’s 1.4-liter internal engine/electric motor combo 170hp, about 25 percent than the Prius has.

efficiency is the trade-off, here. The Hybrid gets 45 mpg combined, the 50 mpg.

But at what price 5 mpg?

Volkswagen argues it’s built a “real” car offers superior performance, handling and refinement compared to the and other efficiency-maximized hybrids. On measures, it very well may

The engine in the VW may be small, but it’s and well muffled, even your foot to the floor. of the droning you get from the CVT setups by most hybrids, including the the Jetta uses a seven-speed automatic (DSG) that lightning fast shifts and the engine to rise and fall the throttle in a more conventional

That is if it’s not working in electric drive, which VW it can do up to 44 mph over short distances. I hit 50 mph on batteries once, possibly on a downhill. Even with a not light foot calling the the Jetta often ran as an EV around and the transitions between modes as seamless as those of most hybrids I have encountered.

As many battery-powered cars, the brake pedal is little as the car switches between using the of the electric motor to slow while generating electricity, and the brakes for quick and full but it’s easy to get acclimated.

Slightly more annoying is the jarring engagement of the transmission in and go driving. The DSG is essentially a manual a robot working the clutch every once and a while, pops it a little. But usually, it like it just got out of the oil bath in garage.

Appropriately, it’s on the where old “turbo” really into its own. Its power is on par conventional compact cars, the five-cylinder Jetta, and never pokey.

Under full with the engine and electric running at max, and the needle on the gauge pinned in the “boost” it’s downright lively, a slight electric motor chiming in to add some futurism to the But the ride is where this car excels.

Unlike the rest of the lineup, the Hybrid uses an rear suspension cribbed the sporty GLI model. This is to help with the packaging of its 1.1 kWh battery pack — takes up relatively little space and even leaves for a spare tire under the — but pays added in the areas of comfort and handling.

The Jetta Hybrid glides bumpy surfaces on well-damped but also takes turns a champ. Very neutral curves, even when it puts on an impressive performance in the department, and the nicely-weighted, communicative doesn’t feel like its to a video game console. is a car that you can enjoy taking for a not just a ride.

The icing is so in fact, that it’s to forget about the cake: economy. That is the Jetta primary mission, after so how does it do?

Although it fell of its EPA rating in my real world it hit a high of 42 mpg at an average of 42 mph on a loop the larger 47 mpg-rated Ford Hybrid could hardly 40 mpg on at lower speeds.

Astute diesel fans may that 42 mpg is the highway rating for a TDi fitted with an automatic which costs $850 than the $25,790 hybrid. But the oil also has combined fuel of just 34 mpg.

Further this internecine comparison, is that the Jetta Hybrid premium fuel, cutting its price at the pump advantage the diesel. Nevertheless, a typical should still save $500 bucks a year it up.

But while VW is happy to offer its these alternatives, it’s more interested in stealing from the other guys, notably that Prius, starts at $24,995.

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Turbocharged Hybrid

Against it, the definitely makes its “real” car It looks normal from the has a spacious and straightforwardly-designed cabin, and if is still a thing, exhibits of that. What’s missing is the dazzle.

Even in the fully-loaded, example I spent a week a pretty run of the mill navigation backup camera and Bluetooth is all of the technology on offer. Spend the money on a Prius and, with its “look at me saving the style, you can get things like cruise control, an automatic system and even a solar for the roof to match the one on your certified home.

It’s all very neat that also serves to you from the reality that the is a boor to drive. Don’t get me I’m not a hater. Most people care less about sort of thing, and the Prius a great package at an affordable and is still the most fuel car you can buy without a plug, which is why it handedly outsold all of the Jetta combined last year.

But year, I’d pick the Jetta For keeping things interesting, definitely worth the 5 mpg.


2013 Volkswagen Jetta

Base Price: $25,790

As $31,975

Type: 5-passenger, sedan

Powertrain: 1.4L 4-cylinder/electric motor combo

170 hp, 184 lb-ft torque

Transmission: automatic

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

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