2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid – First Look and Review

By Jonathan Spira on 7 November 2012
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The current Volkswagen Jetta first made its appearance a little over two years ago with diesel and petrol variants.  Designed for the American buyer, who might consider a Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla, the Jetta has been very competitive in its market segment.

Volkswagen is the leader in the diesel passenger car market in the United States and offers compression-ignition variants in not only the Jetta but also the Passat, Golf, Jetta SportWagen, Beetle, and Touareg lines, and a diesel-powered Beetle Convertible will soon be offered.  Indeed, one out of every five Volkswagens sold is a diesel.

So why offer a hybrid?  First, hybrids currently make up a larger share of the market in the U.S. (although diesel is gaining quickly) and there is little overlap between hybrid and diesel buyers.  Regardless, Volkswagen wants to capture some of those sales as well and the Jetta is an excellent platform from which to do so.

The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid isn’t even VW’s first hybrid.  That honor goes to the $62,000 Touareg Hybrid but, at that price (almost $20,000 more than the base Touareg and $17,000 more than the base Touareg diesel), it hasn’t been driving off the showroom floors.

Enter the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid.

The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid uses the fifth powerplant in the Jetta sedan family, joining the 2.0-liter Jetta S, the 2.5-liter SE and SEL, the 2.0-liter Jetta TDI, and the 2.0-liter 200 hp GLI.

THE ENGINE

The hybrid comes with a turbocharged 1.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that have a combined output of 170 hp, which incidentally matches the power of the 2.5-liter Jetta SE and SEL.  The Hybrid develops 184 pound-feet of torque, not quite the 236 pound-feet of the diesel, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

The Jetta Hybrid uses a seven-speed DSG (dual-clutch) transmission that decouples from the engine when the driver lifts his foot from the accelerator.  This allows the car to sail, or coast, in order to conserve fuel.

 

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