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First Drive: 2013 Jetta Turbo Hybrid

Just how many engine does the compact car segment Volkswagen is aiming to find out the latest variation on its increasingly Jetta sedan, the Turbo

With the new hybrid powertrain, the s car builder now has a dizzying array of and transmission combinations that ran from mundane to frugal before the new guy arrived on the scene.

Is the new 45 mpg Turbo Hybrid one model too or does its presence complete the We sought the answer to this in a most appropriate place: New the land of enchantment, where queries are often pondered.

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Essentially identical to the new-in-2010 aside from what s the Turbo Hybrid slots in at the top of a that starts around for a rather dull 2.0-liter before climbing through 2.5-liter five-cylinders, eventually in two different, turbocharged directions. buyers are offered the 200-horsepower, GLI, while those who to use fewer liquified dinosaurs long made a bee-line for the 40 mpg-plus turbodiesel TDI.

So why offer a far more expensive hybrid when there s a diesel? Three reasons. For VW rightly concedes that not all are interested in a diesel — all, in certain circles, has serious cachet.

In addition, VW is after a slightly more mature buyer with the a demographic that snaps up Priuses with a quickness. for number crunchers, the hybrid s 45 mpg combined figure is way mo betta the TDI s 36 mpg, although we ve often the TDI s 42 mpg highway number to be very

To that end, the automaker its parts bin for a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, which it mated to a 27 electric motor and a 1.1 kWh lithium-ion reasonably well integrated the trunk.

Combined, the gas and electric produce 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft. of figures not far off of the 2.5-liter. The Jetta Hybrid hasn t been EPA testing as of press time, but VW is a 45 mpg combined figure (and 43 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway). The company s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is standard, as is the more sophisticated rear suspension formerly to the GLI.

On our high-altitude test drives, we adequate power that VW s mid-8 second 0-60 mph Thanks to the electric motor, s ample torque available at tip-in, but we found mid-range to be lacking, especially in the 40-60 mph We ll have to do more testing 7,000 feet before a final judgement, but our initial was that this four-cylinder more like a smooth, low V6 without a lot of passing torque.

though this is VW s first sedan offered to buyers (the Touareg Hybrid a few years ago), it seems the spent sufficient time noise, vibration and harshness none of which made known on our test vehicles. the switch of an E-Mode button, the motor can power a delicately-accelerated Turbo Hybrid to about 44 mph the gas engine silently — and we silently — kicks in. from a glance at either the or infotainment system status it s essentially impossible to tell mill is doing the work the Jetta s hood.

That does bring up one negative, though: The multi-information where the tachometer would be. Graded 1 through 10, it gives a vague indication of what of the vehicle s available power is used. But the digits don t correspond to any so their presence is a bit head-scratching.

If VW to promote the Jetta Turbo as a somewhat sporty model and it does, since the Turbo was added after it was initially as the Jetta Hybrid — a and a smaller gauge showing and EV status would make sense.

Otherwise, the Jetta s interior unchanged with the addition of the motor, aside from a Hybrid badge on the dashboard. We re slowly warming up to this which is about class for the segment despite a bucks-up tag. Like the GLI and some models, the Turbo Hybrid a soft-touch dashboard and comfortable seats, but plenty of recycled bottle-looking material remains on the and door panels.

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Clean and organized, yes, but not particularly

The lineup advances from the base model to $26,990 SE, SEL and $31,180 SEL Premium (pictured) each adding items a power driver s seat, Fender audio system, and an increase from 15 to 16 and eventually alloy wheels. Leather are unavailable, a gaffe we find at over $31,000 for our tester.

At least the Jetta is commendably inside, although the battery trunk space, leaving over 11 cubic feet. A big should fit awkwardly over the but potential buyers should carefully for highway trips.

But if you can t bring everything with you on the way to s house for Thanksgiving, at least you ll a decent time getting Direct and nicely-weighted if light on steering combines with suspension tuning to deliver a compact sedan. The independent axle aids roadholding improving bump absorption, further adds to Turbo s classy road manners.


A sporting car it is not, but there s to be said for this sedan s competence — especially up dedicated hybrid rivals the Toyota Prius.

On one hand, the decently frugal and nicely Jetta Sport Hybrid is a evolution of VW s compact car lineup. On the it s awfully expensive for not bringing all much more to the table the Jetta TDI.

In the end, it s both a hard car to and a hard car to hate, which our initial quandary unsolved.

Volkswagen Jetta Turbo base price range, to $31,130.

Words and photos by Ganz.

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