After years of telling us diesels were the best way to go for fuel efficiency, Volkswagen is actually releasing a Jetta hybrid. Volkswagen hit a homerun when it first introduced the Jetta as it's now one of the best-selling vehicles of all-time. Will the Jetta hybrid go the same way its gasoline sibling has? It's much to early to tell, but one thing is for sure: Volkswagen says that this will be the most fuel efficient Jetta you can buy, including the diesel versions. The Jetta hybrid also boasts a few firsts for the hybrid world as its turbocharged engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. New technology always draws in an abundance of eyes and Volkswagen hopes that translates to more rear-ends in seats.
Who's It For
Like the E-Bugster concept, the Jetta hybrid is an example of Volkswagen's exploration into EV's. Unlike the E-Bugster however the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is much more developed and ready to enter service. We expect the Jetta hybrid to target those who are looking for a small mid-size sedan that gets good fuel economy without sacrificing comfort found in gasoline-powered vehicles. Sedans like the Ford Fusion hybrid, Toyota Camry hybrid, and Hyundai Sonata hybrid have demonstrated there is a market for such a vehicle. We expect the Jetta shouldn't have a problem breaking into the segment, but it will be interesting to see where it sits among the aforementioned vehicles once the dust settles.
The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta hybrid offers the same amenities found in the gasoline version but with a little more focus on being "green." Some of these features include:
- Capable of driving as a full EV up to 44 mph.
- A combined fuel economy of 45 mpg. This translates to around 20 percent less fuel consumption when compared with sedans of a similar size and drivetrain.
- A turbocharged engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission and electric motor.
- Able to go from 0-60 mph in nine seconds, respectable considering its main focus is to help the environment and not set a new lap record at the Nurburgring.
What We Think
If it's anything like it's gasoline sibling the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta hybrid will be a solid entrant in the mid-size electrified sedan segment. While recent complaints have claimed the Jetta has become a boring or bland car we are still excited to get some wheel time with the electrified Jetta. The Jetta name has been around for decades, and it will be interesting to see what the electric variant will bring to the table.
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