2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE and SEL Review

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Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

2013 Volkswagen Jetta SE and SEL Review

What It Is

A hybrid that combines a fun ride sacrificing fuel economy.


The lively ride t need to chug fuel to be

Worst Thing

While the braking works just the brakes as a whole don t instill confidence.

Snap Judgment

The Volkswagen Jetta hybrid and drives like no other in the Unfortunately, unless you re a fan of Volkswagen, you will never know it.

Even though they re a niche vehicle, it s hard to the importance of hybrids. Certain of the country are seeing gas prices right by $5 a gallon without any sign of slowing down; same places rejoice gas is under $3.80. Yet despite undeniable thrift when it to fuel sipping, hybrids are looked down on by many for one simple reason: They re

Heavyweights like the Toyota and the Honda Insight quietly the hybrid segment, but both anything even resembling fun the wheel. Granted, that s not the most important feature for drivers, since most are trying save gas, or just how much they a green Earth. Still, who t want a fun car that gets fuel figures.

Then there s the 2013 Jetta hybrid. Volkswagen has been the green-driving alternative to and its numerous diesel-powered cars shown that you can save gas and have a good time the wheel. The 2013 Volkswagen hybrid not only beats its stablemate s fuel economy but it hopes to add a little driving to the world of hybrid cars.

It drives like a gasoline-powered and it looks identical to its non-hybrid At $24,995 for a base Jetta $26,990 for the mid-level SE; $29,325 for the SEL; and a somewhat eye-popping for the top-line SEL Premium, the Jetta s pricing is surprisingly close to the But is fun to drive enough of an argument to a bite out of Toyota s hybrid

We took a drive with the SE and SEL Premium to find out first


Walking up to the 2013 Jetta hybrid, you d be hard to tell it s more fuel than any other Jetta, you cheated and looked at the badges on the or grille. Volkswagen kept the hybrid s styling in line the other models, but the wheels are out in a way to be more aerodynamic than wheel packages offered on the The lower part of the front stretches a little lower the regular Jetta, but not enough to with the naked eye.

There s also a custom lid spoiler and extended side added on to boost aerodynamics as

Like the other mid-size offerings from Ford, and Hyundai, the Jetta shares styling traits with its sibling. Just like competitors in its segment, the 2013 Jetta hybrid has emblems in a blue hue. Inside, all of the amenities offered in a Jetta are but none hinder fuel figures. Each feature and works with the engine and system to deliver a seamless experience without any annoying that come along owning a hybrid vehicle. The SE model differs from the SEL as the latter has LED taillights and 16-inch wheels.

If you opt for the top level SEL Premium 17-inch aluminum alloy take you wherever you want to go. to Volkswagen s engineers, the bigger size only reduces economy by a half mile per

Sitting Down

Upon a seat inside, you would be able to tell this is the fuel-efficient Volkswagen Jetta offered. With the hybrid certain standard features been repurposed. For example, air conditioning, a standard feature on model, works with or the car s gasoline engine on. Not only the cool air bring the temperature in the cabin, but it s also syphoned the hybrid battery pack to it as well.

Other standard features Bluetooth, and a leather-trimmed steering On the SEL trim, there s a six-way driver s seat but no matter how we fiddled with it, it was tough to get

Nothing is uncomfortably out of reach sitting in the driver s seat of the hybrid. You can adjust the audio side-view mirrors, and even seat without breaking a The steering wheel also and is adjustable making it easier for with longer legs to them in.

Rear seating was surprisingly comfortable with cubic feet of space for legs. In other words, we able to get the driver s seat to we liked it (fitting a 6-foot frame) and then sit behind the without feeling too cramped. For purposes, the 2012 Honda hybrid has 36.2 inches of legroom. Usually with a vehicle, you have to stash the somewhere and it normally cuts cabin space.

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Volkswagen the Jetta hybrid s battery in the but did so in a way that there s still space for a stroller (standing or a few bags or groceries.


vehicles aren t known to much of a soul outside of its fuel abilities, and sometimes can t even save it from a of being boring. Not the 2013 Jetta hybrid though. The hybrid is anxious to show off the 170 produced from its 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Combine with some sporty and you have one fun hybrid. We took the hybrid through an array of conditions that forced an change of 4,000 feet of the of our route.

Despite the drastic change in the Jetta hybrid was never for power, and the sporty handling us to weave around the big rigs and road trip vehicles clogged up the highway in front of us ease. Road noise was but suppressed to a very manageable while the Jetta hybrid down the open highway ease and comfort.

The seven-speed DSG automatic transmission also had trouble rowing through the as we climbed and descended through our route. However, as fun as the ride the braking brought us back to earth. The 2013 Volkswagen hybrid is equipped with braking which converts the energy of the vehicle s motion electricity for the lithium-ion battery. isn t always used though, as the decouples itself from the which in turn, eliminates created by engine braking. traveling at highway speeds, the also decouples from the when the driver lets off the in order to eliminate drag by the engine s torque output.

Nevertheless, the brakes still soft and you can feel the regenerative process working before the actually bite down and do most important job of stopping. We had applying the right amount of to the brakes without lurching to a


The 2013 Volkswagen hybrid is a necessary shot in the arm to a that holds a lot of promise. vehicles, while they only been mass since 1999 for the United market, have come a way. Unfortunately, most that inhabit the hybrid have funky feeling poor acceleration, and a numb wheel.

This is where the Volkswagen Jetta hybrid itself from the rest of the Fine, it still has the funky feel, but its turbocharged drivetrain is very similar to that of the powered Jetta. The estimated fuel economy of 45 mpg is also to beat for the price of a lower end level.

Overall, after some time behind the of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta we came away impressed, but scratching our heads. The Jetta delivers a fun and sporty ride, that s been absent the segment since its introduction the U.S. market over a ago. The Jetta hybrid is far and the most fun to drive hybrid we ve in recent memory, but most unless they already an allegiance to Volkswagen, will even know it exists.

But don t let that stop you. If you re in the for a hybrid but don t want to sacrifice a drive and any form of acceleration, the Volkswagen Jetta hybrid be on your short list.


1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission, 170-hp (including 27 hp an electric motor), $24,995 $26,990 (SE), $29,325 and $31,180 (SEL Premium), on official fuel economy estimated 45 mpg combined

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
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