2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid test drive and review

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If VW made a hybrid, this is it would be like

Volkswagen offers their best-selling the Jetta, with a fuel-efficient TDI but now they’re offering a second drivetrain: A high-tech hybrid a turbocharged engine. Can the Jetta with other hybrids or VW’s own TDI? Read on.

Glance: Who needs a hybrid you have diesel?

Let’s with the obvious question: Why Volkswagen need a hybrid they have the fantastically TDI diesel engine? The answer is Americans prefer hybrids. year, hybrids made up 3% of car in the US, while diesels made up 0.85%. VW’s long-term you’ll remember, is to become a player in America — is the whole raison d’etre for the most recent makeover, the of which (despite a drubbing critics like me) has been an of sales.

Never mind one can make an argument for the superiority of — we want hybrids, so is giving us a hybrid.

Not that is a half-hearted effort, mind Rather than license else’s technology, Volkswagen has their own road. Their was to make the most un-hybrid-like they could — one sips gas like a Toyota but drives like a proper VW.

And if you’ll forgive me for giving the ending early — I was much good at foreshadowing they’ve done it. If VW had pried off the badges and put black tape the hybrid power gauge, never have guessed thing had a gas-electric drivetrain until I calculated my gas mileage, is.

In the Driver’s Seat: Jetta on its best duds

2013 Jetta Hybrid interior

Aaron Gold

I’ve liked the Jetta’s for its interior it occupies that tweener between compact and mid-size and that doesn’t change the hybrid. Like most the Jetta mounts its battery over the rear axle, but of truncating the trunk, VW has provided a — a brilliant idea, even though volume from 15.5 cubic to 11.3, you can use that space the battery pack for suitcases.

My complaint about the regular is the cheap interior fittings. has addressed this by giving the the soft-touch dashboard from the Jetta GLI. along a two-tone color scheme and trim. (Starting in 2013, the Jetta TDI and top-of-the-line 2.5 SEL will get the treatment.) The effect works: The Hybrid feels nearly as as the bigger Passat. It’s for once, to sit in a Jetta that worth the price tag — in this case ranges $25,790 for the base model Bluetooth and dual-zone climate up to $31,975 for the SEL Premium with a navigation and Fender stereo.

As with most hybrids, are some minor instrumentation The tachometer is replaced by a power (marked charge, 0 — and boost), a good visual aid if trying to hypermile. The stereo’s LCD has a traditional power-flow screen as as a pat-yourself-on-the-back graph that how many minutes the Jetta has run in zero-emissions mode.

On the Road: The that doesn’t drive a hybrid

VW’s hybrid uses the same approach as sandwiching an electric motor the engine and transmission to provide power as needed. (Toyota and use the gas engine and electric motors as inputs to a power-split transmission.) The itself is a 1.4 liter turbocharged and four-cylinder, and the transmission is a 7-speed DSG automatic. Unlike the Honda the engine can be declutched from the allowing it to be shut off while the car on battery power.

The Jetta Hybrid is unique in it doesn’t seem to blend the two modes as much as other Pull away from a and the Jetta moves off under power, transitioning to gasoline as speed builds. Hold a moderate speed and the system the engine and runs on electricity. An button forces the Jetta to run at up to 44 MPH, with a range of over a mile. Nail the and the gas engine and the electric motor together, delivering 170 hp and 184 lb-ft and acceleration and passing power to the 2.5 liter Jetta.

The ride and are even better, thanks to the rear suspension from the GLI and a choice of 15, 16 and 17 wheels that alter the road manners (15 better, 17 handles better).

the Jetta does best is the between gas and electric power; I noticed the engine starting and What it worst is braking: most hybrids, the Jetta a mix of regular and regenerative braking motor/generator charges the battery, resistance that slows the But the pedal feel is unpredictable you never know if it will right away or slide to the floor, and a slight increase in might slam you into seat belt or do nothing at

It’s a big black mark on an excellent car.

So what fuel economy? Volkswagen did not official EPA figures at our press but they said they a combined figure of 45 MPG (5 MPG less the with highway MPG higher city. I took several loops and repeatedly saw fuel figures ranging from the low 40s to the mid

Unfortunately, the Jetta’s turbo requires pricey premium most hybrids run on regular.


End: A good alternative but so is the diesel

Flush grille is one of subtle changes made to the Jetta Hyrbid’s aerodynamics

Aaron Gold

Overall, impressed with the Jetta In many ways, it’s the opposite of the Toyota Prius while the Prius screams to everyone inside and out, the Hybrid is as subtle as. well, as a The only thing it has in common the Prius is the gas mileage.

What I like best the Jetta Hybrid is that it Volkswagen buyers two solid choices. Personally, I prefer the TDI. It’s less (about $2,500 over a gasoline Jetta, vs $4,500 for the it’s mechanically simpler, and it out-performs its EPA estimates of 30 MPG city and 42 MPG especially on the open road. said, there are situations hybrids have the advantage: generally get better fuel than diesels at lower especially in slow stop-and-go

And in most areas of the country, is cheaper than diesel (although the Jetta Hybrid’s for premium narrows the gap). If you do a lot of or highway driving, you’re off with a diesel, but if most of driving is in town, a hybrid is the way to go.

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But you buy this hybrid? I think you certainly consider it. The Jetta is handsome, roomy, and easy-to-live and aside from the lousy feel, it feels exceptionally engineered. If you want to impress the with your eco-friendly buy a Prius — but if you want a car enjoyable to drive and leaves a environmental footprint, the Volkswagen Hybrid is the car for you. — Gold

What I liked about the Jetta Hybrid:

Smooth, driving experienced

Excellent handling, and fun-to-drive factor

interior and well-thought-out trunk

I didn’t like about the Jetta Hybrid:

Unpredictable feel

Requires premium

High prices on higher levels

Details:

Jetta is the new gas-electric version of VW’s Jetta

Price range: — $31,975

EPA fuel estimates: TBD (approx. 45 MPG combined)

built: Mexico

Best VW Jetta TDI, Ford Hybrid. Toyota Prius

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