Road test 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid Driving

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Road test: 2013 Jetta Turbo Hybrid

OTTAWA — The last time we the trip north, we were a full-size pickup truck. consumption was copious.

This we are three adults and gear in a Jetta Turbo Hybrid. We up with summer traffic – – and we average 5.8 L/100 km or 49 m.p.g.

back a week later, one passenger, we do better yet: 5.2 km or 54 m.p.g. And this on the Street of the two-lane, up-and-down trail offers as its share of the Trans-Canada

With the money we saved, we a pickup truck. Or at least a of gas for one.

In little more a decade, gas-electric hybrids gone from curiosity to stable. Most carmakers at least one. They in all shapes and sizes.

Some can be in to household current for an extra

All use less fuel than single-power-source cousins. But for the consumer, at for the one looking at a car on purely economic the savings must be weighed the higher cost of the more technology.

With most, s a performance penalty, too. But in the Jetta Hybrid, Volkswagen s dual-power model in Canada, the of a turbocharged and intercooled 1.4-litre gas with an electric motor-generator a healthy 170 horsepower. That s than any of the Jetta s straight or diesel powerplants.

Plus, that output is through VW s well-regarded seven-speed automatic transmission, rather the economy-focused, constantly variable found in most hybrids. The result is quick throttle in city and on highway. Tromp the and you even feel some steer.

Which, of course, isn t the to optimum mileage. And, it be noted, the Jetta Hybrid premium gas.

But this sedan is meant for those who helpings of luxury and performance their fuel savings. At a $27,875, it has heated seats, climate control, even windows for rear passengers. including leather upholstery, audio, LED running lights and headlamps that swivel in lifted our tester s price $34,000.

Handsome 17-inch and such other Hybrid-exclusive such as side skirts and a wee spoiler add some visual to the Jetta, which we think has over-subtle since losing its double-barreled headlamps in a 2011

That remake also a solid rear axle on Jets, but the Hybrid has the fully suspension that again be standard across the Jetta for 2014. Add the contribution of the rear pack to weight distribution and the feels nicely balanced, the sure steering response and ride that are VW hallmarks. response is firm and, in to the uneven stops of some hybrids as they generated through braking, utterly

Known as a parallel hybrid, the can operate solely in near-silent (also known as “scare-the-pedestrian” at up to 70 km/h, depending on battery and driver willingness to feather the Most of the time the gas and electric work in concert to propel the car and the batteries charged, but even at speeds the engine can disengage and the Jetta to “sail.”

VW calls “emissions-free driving,” overlooking the contribution needed to achieve it. cool, though.

Hybrid seem unable to resist complicated instrument displays. The is to offer feedback on fuel and battery charge, allowing us to our driving for maximum efficiency. though, the message seems to be: aren t we complex!

In the Jetta, appears to be a tachometer turns out to a of hybrid output from to 100 per cent. The driver is encouraged to the needle in an “ECO” range 60 per cent (though shown as 6, the markings are in units of 10). the needle can swing above 10 full turbo boost is — this car gives 110 per cent? — and below zero when the is charging or discharging, or something.

Performance information can also be up on a small digital display the power gauge and speedometer, and on a stack screen that shows audio settings confusing), a navigation display and a rear camera for reversing that s handy).

Other The start button for the keyless is – shades of old Saab — down on the near the shifter. The cruise buttons atop the turn stalk are a thumb-width past an reach.

Luckily, the headlamp is easy to find, since you ll use it a The Hybrid lacks auto — as surprising in this plus-$30,000 car as the rod needed to prop up the hood. German car controls often a logic not immediately clear to the of the world, and Volkswagen s broad is unlikely to worry about trivial issues.

And to be fair, the interior is as well as the rest of the Jetta Hybrid, seats that were up to the comfort test. Our backseat was happy with legroom and and had praise for the high, supportive cushion. Trunk space is by a suitcase or two because of the rear pack, but the rear cushion to provide a smallish opening the cabin for some cargo

Up front, meantime, it was possible to the instruments and forget we were in a as we sped toward the cottage.

Our wasn t far off the Jetta Hybrid s government ratings of 5.6 L/100 km 4.9 highway (presumably not Ontario s 17). That s far better the 9.8/6.9 ratings of the base, gas-only Jetta, though the will shrink with VW s more efficient turbocharged gas for 2014.

But with Volkswagen, one of the few to consistently offer diesel in North America, another is necessary. How does the new hybrid with its proven 2.0-litre

Again we turn to the U.S. (which are more realistic Canada s published figures). put the diesel Jetta TDI at a respectable 7.8 5.8 highway. Factor in the lower of diesel fuel of late, the TDI’s lower initial and proven resale value, and it s not to view it as the hybrid Jetta s rival.

The extremely cost-conscious will see it that way.

But as the growth of has shown, a significant number of are willing to pay more to consume They may hope to save or at least beak even in the term, but that s not their focus.

With the solid and Jetta Hybrid, these will get their fuel in a hurry. Even on the Street of


Zippy hybrid with luxury touches

Well-designed gas-electric powertrain no performance penalties


Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

initial price, needs gasoline

Value for money / average / good / excellent /


What would I

Hybrid instrumentation and some controls need simplifying

2013 Volkswagen Jetta as driven by Robert Bostelaar

of vehicle: Front-wheel-drive compact

Engine/electric motor: 1.4-litre gasoline with turbocharger, direct-injection linked in parallel electric motor

Power: 170 hp @ rpm; 184 lb-ft of torque @

Transmission: Seven-speed direct-shift

Brakes: Four-wheel disc ABS

Price: base/as tested:

Destination charge: $1,395

government fuel economy, km: 5.6 city, 4.6 hwy.

Standard Heated front seats, climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto windows (all).


package (leather upholstery, alloy wheels, bi-xenon with adaptive front system, LED running lights, premium audio, navigation

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