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For starters, this compact hybrid sedan — which is expected to earn an EPA combined fuel economy rating of 45 mpg — is nearly as fuel-efficient as the category-leading hybrid from Japan. More importantly, at least for those who enjoy an occasional spirited drive, is that the Jetta Hybrid is significantly more fun from behind the steering wheel than most hybrids. The refined hybrid powertrain also uses an auto-stop/start feature and has all-electric mode that's good for a little over a mile at speeds up to around 40 mph.
Naturally there are a few weaknesses buyers need to be mindful of, not the least of which are the low-budget interior materials it shares with other Jetta sedan models. Like most hybrids, the regenerative braking system also creates an odd sensation when you step on the pedal. Finally, the lithium-ion battery pack takes up a fair amount of room in the trunk, making for a much smaller cargo hold.
Other than the addition of the hybrid powertrain and related bits, the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid gets a number of aerodynamic improvements along with low rolling-resistance tires. Considering this sixth-generation Jetta was launched just two years ago and this hybrid version is a brand-new model, significant changes aren't expected for at least a couple of years.
The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is a four-door five-seat sedan that's offered in three trim levels.
All three are propelled by a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain consisting of a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 20-kilowatt electric motor for a total power output of 177 hp. A new seven-speed DSG automated-manual transmission is standard.
Standard features include unique 15-inch alloy wheels fitted with low-rolling-resistance tires, a rear spoiler, LED taillights, Bluetooth and satellite radio. A number of upscale features will also be available, including bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, a touch-screen navigation system, a rear-view camera and a premium Fender audio system.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid have not yet been released, but VW expects the car's combined fuel economy to reach 45 mpg.
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