2013 Toyota Prius vs 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Car Reviews

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Volkswagen Jetta Electric Cars

Can a hybrid newcomer take on the king?


Mike Schlee Jun. 06, 2013 Photos by Adam Wood and Chris Blanchette. Video by Adam Wood and Chris Blanchette

Volkswagen and convention have never really gotten along. Ever since the people’s car unleashed the original Beetle upon the world, the manufacturer has continued marching to the beat of its own drum. Case in point, over the past decade hybrids have become all the rage, but Volkswagen has resisted this trend and continued to combat these half-breed batteries-included fuel misers with an excellent range of TDI diesel models.

In fact, nearly every model in Volkswagen’s line-up features a diesel powered version.

NEW COMER vs. THE KING

All-new for 2013, the Jetta Hybrid adds yet another engine to the German automaker’s line-up, bringing the total number of Jetta flavors up to five. The 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines produces 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. It is part of a hybrid system that includes an electric motor and clutch connected to the gasoline engine.

The electric motor produces 27 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. Total output reaches 170 hp while total torque remains 184 lb-ft due to transmission limitations.

That transmission is a first for a hybrid being a seven-speed, DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It employs a dry-clutch design, instead of the usual wet-clutch set-up seen in other Volkswagen vehicles.

With solid power on tap the car is said to reach 60 mph from a standstill in less than 9 seconds, which is fairly quick for a hybrid. The combination of the hybrid power plant and DSG transmission means there is a momentary hesitation after initial throttle tip-in, which can be a little disconcerting when starting on steep inclines as the car tends to roll back.

Volkswagen Jetta Electric Cars

The Prius sticks to what has made it a success all these years. That means the tried and true Toyota Atkinson cycle hybrid system continues to power the Prius. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine makes 98 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque and is paired to an electric motor that creates 80 hp and 153 lb-ft of torque. Total output from the two systems is 134 hp which may be much lower than the Jetta, but the Prius does have a weight advantage tipping the scales at 3,042 lbs. vs. 3,302 lbs.

This allows the Prius with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to achieve the 0-60 mph run in 9.8 seconds, which is only a second behind the Jetta Hybrid. However, in regular day-to-day driving, throttle response is far less than the turbocharged Jetta Hybrid.

NEW TECHNOLOGY vs. TRIED AND TRUE

On the road, the Prius’s CVT does droan a bit, but low rpm vibration is much better than the Jetta Hybrid. Both cars offer a smooth ride, but the Jetta Hybrid shudders a bit when pulling away from a stop, much like Volkswagens TDI models. Although much smoother, the Prius requires quite a bit of throttle input to roll away from a stop with any speed, which can have a negative effect on fuel economy. If more power is called for, the Prius does have a Power button and the Jetta a Sport mode.

Both improve responsiveness with a minor hit in fuel economy.

Volkswagen Jetta Electric Cars

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