Consider this: Volkswagen sells seven different models that get above 40 miles per gallon by the EPA. Six of those models are diesel powered, while the seventh is a new hybrid model. For the 2013 model year, Volkswagen has introduced a new hybrid model of its popular Jetta to provide a unique alternative to other hybrids in the class.
When building the 2013 Jetta Hybrid, Volkswagen didn’t follow the same path as its competitors. For starters, Volkswagen doesn’t use a normally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. Instead, there is a 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder mated to an electric motor. Total output stands at 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Mounted in the back is a lithium-ion battery pack. Transmission choice isn’t your garden variety continuous-variable transmission. Instead, Volkswagen uses a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. On the Jetta Hybrid’s exterior, Volkswagen improved the aerodynamics to drop its drag coefficient from 0.30 cd to 0.28 cd. Fuel economy is rated by the EPA at 42 City/48 Highway/45 Combined.
A Jetta Hybrid will start at $24,995 for the base model. That will come equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels, power windows, automatic climate control, power windows, a CD player with Bluetooth and an auxiliary port, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. One item to take note: If you are interested in the base Jetta Hybrid, you will have to place an order for it. Next up is the Jetta Hybrid SE which starts at $26,990 and adds such amenities as push button start, LED taillights, and a touchscreen radio. The Jetta Hybrid SEL starts at $29,325 and adds a sunroof, navigation, six-way power driver’s seat, and heat for the front passengers. Rounding out the Jetta Hybrid lineup is the SEL Premium which starts at $31,180 and adds 17-inch alloy wheels, Fender Premium Audio System with a subwoofer, and a rearview camera. Competitors for the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid include the Honda Civic Hybrid, Toyota Prius, and Volkswagen Jetta TDI.