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2013 VW Jetta Hybrid: 5 Reasons to Buy

Editor’s note: If you’re looking for information on a newer Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, we’ve published an updated review: 2016 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Review.

 

The book on hybrids has always been that they’re no fun. But you know what? The authors of that book clearly haven’t driven a 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid. Boasting a turbocharged gasoline motor, a whip-smart automatic transmission and Volkswagen’s familiar Germanic road manners, the Jetta Hybrid is a genuinely good time. Nonetheless, it still ticks all the traditional hybrid boxes, so you really do get the best of both worlds. Here are our top five reasons to put one in your driveway.

1. Great Fuel Economy and Low Emissions

The main point of a hybrid is to use as little fuel as possible, and the Jetta Hybrid certainly delivers, thanks largely to an integrated electric motor that lets the gasoline engine take it easy most of the time. Rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 42 miles per gallon city and 48 mpg highway, this VW is even better on gas than the popular Camry Hybrid. Also, with its squeaky clean emissions, the Jetta Hybrid is gentler on the environment than its high-mpg diesel sibling, the Jetta TDI.

2. Surprising Performance

For a lot of people, "hybrid" is a synonym for "slow." But the Jetta Hybrid will change this perception the first time you hit the gas. With a turbocharged 170 horsepower under the hood, along with extra punch from the electric motor, this VW is one hybrid that really hauls. It’s also got a uniquely responsive 7-speed transmission. Overall, the Jetta Hybrid’s performance reminds us more of a sport sedan than a PriusSee the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid models for sale near you

3. Continental Character

Hybrid badges notwithstanding, the Jetta Hybrid delivers the same refined driving experience as the rest of the Jetta lineup. You get athletic steering response, a supple ride and rock-solid high-speed stability. If there’s an affordable hybrid for driving enthusiasts, this Jetta’s the one. It just so happens that this particular German driving machine gets almost 50 mpg on the highway.

4. Attractively Priced

Although the Jetta Hybrid is chock full of technology, it starts at around $25,000, making it surprisingly affordable for American families, and it is vastly superior in fuel economy to a standard $25,000 family sedan. Suppose you average 45 mpg in your Jetta Hybrid; that’s about 20 mpg better than, say, a Camry or Malibu. So not only is the Jetta Hybrid a good deal in the first place, it’ll also save you a pile of gas money over the years.

5. Built for the Real World

Some hybrids seem more like spaceships than practical everyday vehicles, but the Jetta Hybrid bucks this trend, too. The gauges and controls are straightforward, so driving this hybrid is much like driving a regular car. Also, the backseat is quite roomy — the Jetta is hardly a small car anymore — and although the hybrid battery pack takes up some trunk space, there’s still plenty of room for groceries or luggage.

Bottom line: The 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid proves that hybrids can be as fun and rewarding as any other kind of car. Take one for a spin and see if it’s the right hybrid for you. Find a Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid for sale

 

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  1. I bought one, and this review is spot-on. The car is fun to drive, handles great, and after a 2000-mile “break-in” averages about 43 mpg on every trip, which typically are mixed-driving scenarios. The TDI diesels are great too, but you have to keep in mind, diesel advocates almost always talk about their HIGHWAY mileage results. As in, “I regularly get over 45 mpg on long trips, etc”… in real world COMBINED driving, diesels often show a very different result. So when I say I get 41 mpg, what is mean is, that is what the car is avraging for me over ALL driving over the life of the car so far, and on many individual mixed driving trips I get over 45mpg. Oh, and when I step on the gas, I can beat a TDI off the line or in a passing scenario every time. The true 0-60 is 7.9, but VW is downplaying this somewhat, perhaps because the TDI and base jetta are volume models, and this hybrid is not, so VW might be artificially keeping demand low and downplaying the car. My guess: with the success of this drive train and performance/ handling’characteristics, this car is essentially prototype for an upcoming Audi offering, which could be offered at a more profitable price point for the VW group. Anyway, I LOVE driving this car. Oh yeah, last thing: it’s my wife’s car, I drive a 2009 328i, and I often “trade” with her when I have to drive over 50 miles for business. So a 328i is my daily driver, and I still LOVE driving this car…I’m not saying it’s in the same league overall as the 328i, but I am saying that is is much closer to that than a Prius, in terms of overall driving experience.

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