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Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Sixth-generation compact sedan new green option

By Nina

2013 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen has a reputation for creating which are not only affordable but fun to Combining these attributes exceptional fuel efficiency has a winning formula for the current TDI. Two years later, adds a second green to the compact sedan’s lineup.

An hybrid mates a 1.4-liter engine to an electric motor, fuel economy in the 45 mile-per-gallon

While competitive products continuously variable automatic the Jetta Hybrid offers enthusiasts a more appealing dual-clutch automatic transmission. who don’t like the lack of which some CVT units from will appreciate the clutch box’s crisp similar to a manual transmission.

can choose between four with wheel and tire ranging from 15 to 17 inches. A front air dam, cold air and rear spoiler gives the 0.28 coefficient of drag, as to 0.30 on other Jetta

It’s all about the torque

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

A block is a very small by anybody’s standards. While realized that a naturally-aspirated would sorely lack the high compression, turbocharged produces a respectable 184 foot-pounds of beginning at engine speeds as low as rpm. By adding an electric which develops peak at extremely low engine speeds, gave the Jetta hybrid zero-to-sixty acceleration.

The disadvantage of the design is that it requires fuel. On the flip side, is very little parasitic loss at altitude. To prove Volkswagen invited a group of to test drive the new sedan in New high country.

Spunky at 7000 feet

2013 Jetta Hybrid

As someone old to remember carbureted cars, I can for how badly altitude can affect performance. My first new car was a 1977 Rabbit, which performed at sea level, but was sluggish in the Sawtooth of Idaho.

The town of Ketchum, Idaho, I resided when I owned the stands at about 6000 New Mexico’s capital city, Fe, is about the same as Ketchum. The ski resort of Taos is considerably

To experience a 1.4-cylinder sedan up the mountain road between the two was quite an eye opener. While the Hybrid can’t match the torque of large V-8 engines, it is capable of keeping up with, or the vast majority of vehicles it the road with.

For those in maximum fuel economy, the motor can operate without the engine at speeds up to 44 miles-per-hour in During hard acceleration, the motor boosts the gasoline torque to add more power off the An energy meter in the gauge shows the driver the state of the battery’s recharge as well as fuel economy.

In addition to conserving fuel the hybrid has the ability to coast at speeds up to 84 miles-per-hour with the off. When the driver his foot off the gas pedal, the engine decouples from the driveline to parasitic power loss. The automatically shuts off at idle to economy further.

Average economy during my test was about 43 miles-per-gallon.

The dual-clutch transmission utilizes friction than fluid couplings. Not does this enhance it also makes the unit more efficient than transmissions with traditional converters.

An electric power system saves weight the hood and reduces internal losses. While no electric steering system can completely the sensory response of hydro-mechanical the one in the Jetta hybrid offers response at all speeds. A 36.4 circle makes U-turns a

The four-wheel independent suspension of struts up front and multi-links in the with stabilizer bars on axles. Four-wheel disc stop the sedan in a firm, fashion.

Versatile interior

Hybrid Interior

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

One of the biggest with most hybrid is a lack of trunk space. locate the battery pack the back seat and trunk to passenger space in the second

Although the Jetta Hybrid’s battery pack is located in the position, it is the only such with a rear pass-through to the cargo floor. The battery makes a pretty large which interrupts the loading but the pass-through enables owners to items such as skis and in back: something which be impossible in competitive hybrid

The driver’s seat is a little on lower lumbar support, but I was for the two-hour test drive. did a good job of putting climate and controls within easy of both front seating Standard dual climate keep both front comfortable in temperature extremes.

The second row has a decent amount of and legroom. A 12-volt power at the back of the center console rear passengers to recharge electronic devices. Bottle in the doors and a large cupholder in the console are all capable of holding water bottles.


The Jetta Hybrid comes front, side and side airbags, antilock brakes and stability control. An intelligent response system unlocks the turns on the hazard lights and off fuel in the event of a serious

The all-new Volkswagen Jetta rolls into dealerships December.

Like: A compact sedan which driving can get behind, thanks to its spunky engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Dislike: Although the rear adds cargo versatility, the Hybrid doesn t have as usable cargo space as such as the Toyota Prius or Insight.

Make: Volkswagen

Jetta Hybrid

Base $24,995

As tested: N/A

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