Review 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

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Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Review: 2013 Volkswagen Hybrid

Between Asian, and European auto makers, it is an that the Europeans have to put it mildly, reluctant about technology. What s not to like hybrids? Stellar fuel is a good thing, right?

it is, but keep this in mind: have been living mega-high gas prices for decades, and the diesel engine as the fuel-sipping of choice. Providing bucket of torque, smooth performance and emissions that appeal to domestic market, you can see why European car are not throwing all their chips the hybrid car idea.

And that works fine in Europe. In America, the perception of the diesel seems permanently stuck in Memories of your quirky s Mercedes-Benz 240D or Peugeot 505 black smoke or your s Oldsmobile diesel self every 2,000 miles seemingly left permanent on the psyche of the North American car

I will plead with that will hear me today s diesels are the model of No smoke. No self-destruction. Another may be that we are simply creatures of


Truth be told, not every gas sells diesel fuel, and that fact it is justifiable some buyers would be off.

Volkswagen already the Jetta with a diesel, and has a following, but they want Hence, the Jetta Hybrid. The from VW seems to be that the car seeking great gas mileage to a hybrid vehicle. Or, to be blunt, the fuel conscious car buyer is about a Toyota Prius. Not a TDI.

Make no mistake, VW has a fan base of its diesels, but taking the view, VW sees this is as a following, while hybrid has been more widely on our shores.

To look at the Jetta well, it looks like any you see on the road every day. It take a true VW fanatic to the difference between this and any run of the Jetta. Apart from hybrid badges, a slightly front grill, different and a modest rear spoiler, you never know the difference. And design language works for people who like the idea of technology, but don t feel the need to to the world that they more about the environment you.

As with all current Jetta s, it is a looking car, even if it has some of its German accent in an to appeal to more Americans.

the exterior styling got a tad generic to to more buyers, Volkswagen the price of the Jetta, and no where was more apparent than the The Jetta Hybrid softens the slightly with a padded and better armrests, but this is a far cry from quality of materials in Jettas of the past. The keyless button, placed just of the shifter seems like an and not at all intuitive. The black slab of plastic that on the center with two holes for drinks was likely designed by an accountant, not an interior designer. The contrasting grey leatherette seating are the main departure from Jettas.

You get the feeling VW management sent a saying the interior has to be different but don t let it cost us any money. It s obvious, and VW, you re not anyone.

The positives of the Jetta s remain. Seats offer comfort, visibility is excellent, and of room is available in the back but again it is disappointing that VW cheap and deleted the rear vents seen on the last Jetta. Jettas have been known for generous space, and among hybrids, the is at the top of the class.

Still, the batteries to go somewhere, and the Jetta Hybrid about four cubic of trunk space. That s not a but it gave me pause as to how I would a full-size suitcase.

Hybrids a well-deserved reputation for being an bore to drive. Thankfully, the Hybrid is not. Powered by a turbocharged four cylinder, with the electric motor a combined 170hp, paired to a DSG automated manual transmission.

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

In essence, it is the drivetrain that is a designed for people who hate No wheezy, weak-kneed engine to a miserable CVT wailing at 5,000 rpm to get up a hill here, thank VW claims a 0-60mph time of 8.6 making the Jetta Hybrid one of the on the market for its class. The Jetta also has a rear independent something VW gave up with on Jettas in the interest of cost but here it returns to better the extra weight of the batteries. decent pep, controlled manners and quiet highway the Jetta Hybrid is an accomplished

EPA fuel estimates are 42/48 MPG which are impressive figures, but to the trip computer, I wasn t close to attaining those figures.

The Jetta Hybrid the rest of the Jetta family s options with S (factory only), SE, SEL, and SEL Premium. Our car was the top of the line SEL Premium. Standard included SiriusXM satellite dual zone auto control, LED tail lights, navigation, heated seats, driver s seat, Fender audio, bi-xenon headlights, view camera and 17 alloy With a first aid kit as our test car s option, the tally comes in at including delivery. And that is the Jetta Hybrid completely me.

Yes, I understand that technology comes at a higher But this comes in a car that was to a price. You can buy a 2013 Jetta for than $17,000.

And sitting in $32,000 Jetta Hybrid, I am reminded of that fact.

a built-in following of the Jetta VW is modest about sales at around 5,000 Hybrid predicted. Critics and VW purists with the new down-market Jetta, but the is in the numbers. VW is selling more

It s that simple. And, more cars is the point. The is you can buy a Jetta TDI for a couple grand get similar fuel economy, the trunk space lost the battery pack, and not worry the longevity of said batteries.

Again, VW knows that are doing-hybrids are more widely here than diesels, if the actual dollars spent for car and point wildly in favor of the To quote Natalie Merchant, them what they Even if it makes no sense, is precisely what VW is doing the Jetta Hybrid.

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