2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid review MSN Autos

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VW covers all the green bases the hybrid addition to its popular lineup.


Highest Jetta

Is it really needed the TDI?

Some plasticky materials

Most Americans hybrid technology with efficiency. Few understand that engines are almost as efficient and they usually cost than their hybrid No automaker has had more success diesels in America than In fact, 20 percent of the Jettas in the U.S. each year are TDI

For 2013, however, Volkswagen is all the green bases by adding a to the Jetta lineup. Let’s a look at how it compares to hybrids in and to the Jetta TDI in particular.


The Jetta Hybrid is offered in trims: base, SE, SEL and SEL Premium. starts at $24,995 for the base but it is only offered by special That makes the $26,990 SE the car that most buyers be able to find.

Standard on the base level includes upholstery, dual-zone automatic control, AM/FM/CD stereo, connectivity and 15-inch alloy The SE adds keyless access and a touch-screen audio system, interface and satellite radio. The SEL gets a sunroof, a navigation heated seats and 16-inch

The top-of-the-line $31,180 SEL Premium bi-xenon headlights that into turns, a rearview a 400-watt Fender audio and 17-inch wheels.

Under the

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta features a unique and complex including the first-ever turbocharged in a hybrid. The engine is a new 1.4-liter that makes 150 horsepower and 184 of torque. It is aided by an electric that produces 27 horsepower and up to 114 of torque. VW quotes total as 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

The is VW’s familiar 7-speed automated manual.

Environmental Agency fuel-economy ratings yet to be released, but VW says combined and highway fuel economy be 45 mpg. That compares to 30 mpg mpg highway/34 mpg combined for the diesel-powered TDI and 51/48/50 mpg for the Toyota Prius .


This generation of the has been criticized for an overly interior, but the Jetta Hybrid for some of those sins. the GLI and other higher-line models, the Hybrid has a soft-touch dashboard and but the door tops are still plastic. Overall, the materials are for the price, but there is nothing that surprises and delights.

The control layout is simple and to use. Choose an SE or SEL and you get a touch-sensitive screen to handle the radio, navigation system and various functions. It also displays a of the hybrid system, showing the flow to and from the engine, and battery (a similar display is in the instrument panel).

The graphics on the screen are quite attractive, but we this system to be a bit too slow to to inputs, and it lacks the access to that other, more infotainment systems offer

Instead of a tachometer, the Jetta has a power meter with a range to help you drive It also shows when the is charging and when the engine is by itself.

Interior space is a strength. The front seats plenty of headroom and legroom and team with a tilt/telescoping column to offer a comfortable position for just about The rear seat is also large for the class, making a viable family car. boasts that the Jetta trunk has the most room in the but it’s still rather at 11.2 cubic feet—and it has a hump at the back to cover the battery. That will your ability to put large in the trunk, but split-folding rear will allow longer to fit.

By comparison, the Prius has a hatchback style with a voluminous cubic feet of space.

On the

Volkswagen has put a lot of technology under the of the Jetta Hybrid — turbocharging, engine, electric motor, automated manual transmission — and it work together almost The immediate torque of the electric offsets the lack of off-the-line of the small displacement engine to the Jetta Hybrid reasonably from a stop. The turbocharger spools up to supply fairly midrange pulling power, and the transmission downshifts quickly to decent passing punch at speeds.

The DSG shifts smoothly, and gives the engine a conventional, feel, unlike the continuously automatic transmissions in most that send the revs and keep them there drivers floor the throttle.

A disengagement clutch lets the motor power the car alone the aid of the engine, and this is one of the reasons the Hybrid gets such fuel economy. VW provides an E that lets the car drive on alone for up to 1.2 miles at speeds as as 44 mph. Using this just drains the battery, so it help fuel economy.

An S also holds gears to make the power easier to but it results in lower fuel as well.

Given the engine’s size, VW’s quoted time of 8.6 seconds is quite It’s about a second and a quicker than the Toyota The Toyota Camry Hybrid. is almost a second quicker and priced. Rather appropriately, the Hybrid’s estimated 45 mpg combined economy rating will right between the Prius’s 50 mpg and the Hybrid’s 40 mpg.

The Jetta combined EPA fuel economy is 34 mpg, and it costs $1,120

The Hybrid is positioned as a premium car in the lineup, and that affects its manners. The rear suspension the multilink independent setup the Jetta GLI instead of the torsion bar of the TDI and other entry-level models. The suspension aids handling and ride quality by isolating the of bumps at the sides of the car rather transferring the shock from one of the car to the other.

Handling, while capable, as agile as the Jetta GLI, the Hybrid has softer shocks and and low-rolling-resistance tires that less grip.

The Jetta also gets rear brakes instead of drums, but doesn’t help braking Like many hybrids, the are grabby upon initial The electric-assist power steering has heft to it and provides decent feel.

Right for you?

The Hybrid begs the question: Why a diesel and hybrid in the Jetta Well, it depends on the type of you do. If you have a long daily with a lot of highway miles, the with its lower price and 42 mpg rating may be the right choice. If you a lot in the city, the hybrid will you more money on gas.

Volkswagen further differentiates the two by the hybrid a more upscale car a nicer interior and an independent suspension. Buyers will like the Jetta Hybrid the Toyota Prius for its superior dynamics and more traditional feel, but if fuel economy is the goal the Prius is still the choice.

(As part of a sponsored event, the automaker provided MSN travel and accommodations to facilitate report.)

Kirk Bell has as the associate publisher for Consumer Automotive and editor of Scale Enthusiast magazine. A Midwest Bell brings 18 years of journalism experience to MSN, and contributes to JDPower.com and Kelley Book’s kbb.com .


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