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First Drive: 2013 Jetta Hybrid

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This in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Volkswagen offered some new details and about the the brand s upcoming Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid. car is expected to be a leader in achieving the s goal of efficient motoring the diesel powered TDI model and serve as the last piece in the lineup which now offers five different versions of to choose from.

A key piece of the s unique blend of attributes is the car s pricing ladder for all trim Base models will at $24,995, with SE and SEL trims at $26,990 and $29,325 respectively. The Hybrid SEL Premium model is the top trim level) will at $31,180.

While this ladder does make the more expensive than of its competitors (the Toyota and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, for buyers of the Jetta Hybrid still get plenty of technology and for their money which is that cannot be said of current hybrid offerings out on the today. This pricing is aimed at helping the Jetta take a slice of the compact market which accounts for 66% of sales.

To achieve the company s claims of performance and efficiency, the Jetta is powered by a 1.4 liter direct turbocharged engine (also in the new Golf and Audi A3) which hand-in-hand with a 27 horsepower motor to achieve a net rating of 170 and 184 lb ft of torque. This combination achieves a 0 to 60 time of 8.6 seconds and a fuel economy rating of 45 Top speed is 125 miles per hour.

The of the 2013 Jetta Hybrid retains the premium feel on many other Volkswagen and equipment such as a premium audio system, heated Bi Xenon headlights with LED touch screen navigation, and a view camera will eliminate the minimalist stigma by other hybrid offerings

A 222-volt lithium-ion battery the electric power side of the and comes equipped with 60 battery cells. Impressively, the pack weighs in at a scant 80 lbs is less than many  battery packs, and allows the Hybrid reasonably sporting character.

Power is through a 7 speed DSG automatic which is the sole transmission available on all hybrid trim manual option currently in the The 7 speed DSG includes an E mode, extends the amount of time electric power is utilized and can be at speeds up to 44 mph (higher than the max on the Prius) for a distance of 1.2 miles the turbocharged motor kicks action.

In addition to E mode, the car is also with a E meter which customers to keep an eye on their style and to change it accordingly to maximum efficiency. Customers are wondering whether the Hybrid is of achieving decent handling will be pleased to hear the Hybrid will utilize the suspension tuning found on the high-performance GLI albeit with new front in place to reduce unwanted levels.

Along with the found under the hood, engineers also outfitted the car numerous exterior enhancements, include underbody aero specially designed tire and a hidden exhaust which the Jetta Hybrid achieve a .28 cd coefficient; that s slightly that the .30 cd rating achieved by the version of the Jetta.

Driving the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid in the streets of Santa Fe as well as the challenging roads of the Taos mountain revealed that while engineers did a great job in retaining the s reputation as a fun to drive vehicle, are still a few compromises that the hybrid version from achieving a perfect blend of fun and efficiency.

Acceleration from the 1.4 liter motor was brisk and confident plenty of power and low end torque for passing maneuvers and freeway (something that cannot be of the Prius and its lazy torque Shifts from the 7 speed DSG were slick and accurate, the transmission s habit of skipping gear in manual mode (at speeds) proved to be an annoying especially in the uphill portions of where a lower gear was required for some driving

A key feature of the Jetta Hybrid is its new E which allows for pure driving at speeds up to 44 MPH. feature was useful in city and the 44 mph maximum speed for this electric mode is not only than the 25 MPH limit found on the Prius family, but also for more practical driving and the to use the EV mode as a more feasible of saving fuel which please future owners. claims that the Jetta is capable of achieving a combined economy rating of 45 MPG, is plausible, though it will depending on your driving


 In my case, I netted mileage that were consistently in the 30s.

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Braking was consistently with smooth, steady  However, a slight shudder the regeneration system could be through the brake pedal and the nature of the rotors did take some driver confidence navigating the trickier sections of the mountain range. That the Jetta Hybrid s handling were first-rate, with body roll and accurate from the electric power which made going tight corners and the curvy of the mountain range an enjoyable  In-town  driving, navigating the streets of downtown Santa Fe to the numerous art shops and attractions the has to offer.

The suspension is nearly to that found on the souped up GLI and in addition to its handling talents on roads, it also did an excellent job bumps and dips on city

The interior of the 2013 Volkswagen Hybrid thankfully does not the route blazed by some of its when it comes to material A leather wrapped steering and soft touch materials on the and instrument cluster were premium touches that the cabin look and feel as did the supportive leatherette seats, did an excellent job holding me in place my time behind the wheel.  and switches for various controls well-marked and easy to use, exception of the button for the E mode, was located too far from the driver and a good reach to access.  In the Prius EV button is much to find and use. Navigating the Jetta s touchscreen audio and its various features was also though glare from the New Mexico sunshine did obscure the occasionally.

 That made certain (such as changing radio difficult.

The Jetta Hybrid s styling retains many of the and cues found on the non-hybrid of the Jetta, which should Volkswagen loyalists. Wheras the and its futuristic styling look something that came out of a spaceship in Roswell, the Jetta s conventional look is simple and if not a tad underwhelming. Hybrid versions do goodies such as Bi Xenon with LED inserts, backup and unique blue hybrid which should make stand out from other models.

LED taillights are also available but on higher-spec SE and SEL trims.

Overall, engineers have done an job in creating the 2013 Volkswagen Hybrid, and while it is not the perfect of fuel efficiency and performance, it still please customers want to avoid gas stations having fun driving at the same which is something that to be missing from many currently out on the market.

Volkswagen airfare, hotel, meals, and the use of a Hybrid for this review.

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