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Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Review: 2013 Volkswagen Hybrid SEL

Hybrids: The mere of the name in relation to automobiles a collective yawn to lots of enthusiasts. While many hybrids might be both and frugal, few are rewarding to drive. Volkswagen threw its German hat the hybrid game with the of the Jetta Hybrid. While VW may be known for its frugal and torquey TDI with relation to fuel it already gets over 40 MPG the Jetta Hybrid is rated at 42 45 combined, and 48 highway better the diesel. And in classic VW fashion, hybrid is actually rewarding to

Much of this is due to the fact VW has paired a 1.4-liter turbocharged with a powerful electric Yes, this is a turbocharged In fact, the window sticker says The Hybrid for Turbo

The latest Jetta has been well for VW, despite it being by some automotive media Truth be told, this was my experience of any sort with the recent Jetta. From the it does look pretty and even more bland in Silver Metallic, aka beige the plain-Jane 16 wheels. The solid grille and small deck are unique to the Jetta Hybrid, but don t distinguish it much from Jettas. Those looking for eco-chic thing will to look elsewhere.

The Jetta Hybrid s exterior does nothing for me. While it ugly, it isn’t much to at.

So far, it s not sounding too fun, That s about to change

The big here is the drivetrain. The combination of the gas engine and torquey electric leads to a surprising amount of Total power output is 170 and 184 ft./lbs. of torque.

Our Jetta was mated to the wonderful seven-speed DSG gearbox which provided gear changes, whether manually or in full automatic Mash the throttle and you ll be introduced to wheel spin that you d expect from a compact sedan. This thing scoots.

I kept thinking, finally a for the masses that has some Honestly, this was the most fun I d had in a vehicle to date. Too bad it doesn t as fun as it drives. I will say this: is the least hybrid-like hybrid driven to date.


Power is linear, and natural. And unlike of its gas/electric competitors, sometimes you you’re driving a hybrid

Acceleration, of course, is only of a vehicle s overall performance. not a sporty model, like a the Jetta Hybrid did handle Again, it wasn’t up to GLI performance by any but it did handle competently.

The supple easily soaked up bumps around town or on the highway. of, the Jetta Hybrid s highway was very good, and it cruises and comfortably.

Inside the Jetta Hybrid is an airy, minimalist cockpit. no flashy designs or gimmicky bits; it s simple, straight and basic. Luckily, it also very solid. I actually mind the interior, which had been criticized by the motoring

Most of it was very easy to use and was very comfortable. But yes, was more beige. Even the color is called Cornsilk Not exciting, but at least it is well and comfortable.

As I’ve eluded to this is the least hybrid-like of any I’ve driven, and that continues inside. There are bits that ll remind you you re a vehicle partially powered by such as the gauge cluster. dial on the left? That s your power.

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

The dial Eco, Boost, and a neutral in between. Want fuel Stay in Eco. Want to quickly? You ll find yourself in

Of course, there s the Charge too for when you re sending power to the battery pack. Additionally, if you want to see where the power is and how it s being used, you can select a on the infotainment system that ll you when the gas engine is running, the electric motor is turning, and power is being sent to the battery. The best part?

You can turn it off. It s a very animation to look at, and I tried to use it to get the economy possible at least I wasn’t on the boost.

There was an stereo system with Bluetooth connectivity and a good unit, all of which controlled via Additionally the V-Tex leatherette felt supportive and were Those relegated to the back will have plenty of and comfort. Finally, there is a moonroof to open things up on days. Need to carry cargo?

Part of the trunk is occupied by the packs, but you can still get medium-sized of luggage in there without

Now comes the inevitable question: Hybrid or Jetta TDI? The Hybrid SEL stickers for $30,155 destination. This nets you the MPG numbers (premium fuel a DSG gearbox, and a good bit of get-up-and-go. A equipped Jetta TDI will run you $29,000, but fuel economy is at 30 city, 34 combined, and 42 highway, so the does return better according to the EPA s estimates.

I got about 40 MPG our Jetta Hybrid, likely I was on the boost quite a bit, and the of my driving was in the city.

Let s put it this If I had to buy a compact hybrid sedan, I d buy a Hybrid. Despite its unassuming I was impressed by its build quality, delivery, and ride. However, if I had to opt for a I d still go with the TDI for the torque and the of a true manual transmission. But as far as vehicles go, Volkswagen has done a job with the Jetta Hybrid.

I just wish it looked as as it drove.

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

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