2013 Vw Jetta Hybrid priced from $25,790

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 5, 2012

Volkswagen said that the 2013 Jetta Hybrid has a starting price of $25,790 (including a $795 destination charge). For fully equipped models, the prices could go as high as $31,975. The Jetta starts selling later this year. The highest-priced Volkswagen Jetta is the most fuel-efficient. Volkswagen had launched the 2013 Jetta Hybrid at last January’s Detroit auto show.

It features a 1.4-liter turbo-four gasoline engine and electric motor/generator, which provides a combined 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The EPA didn’t release official figures yet. However, Volkswagen is claiming that its hybrid is capable of returning 45 mpg and that when running without the gasoline engine, it can reach speeds of up to 44 mph. In addition, the Jetta Hybrid can accelerate from zero to 60-mph run in 9.0 seconds.

The mentioned low price only applies to the base Jetta Hybrid, which will be offered exclusively through special orders only. It is 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. Moving up one step, we have the $27,785 Hybrid SE, which provides LED taillights, a power driver’s seat, a touchscreen radio with satellite radio and an iPod interface, and push-button start.

Priced at $30,120, the Jetta Hybrid SEL provides a set of 16-inch alloy wheels, a navigation system, a sunroof, and heated washer nozzles and front seats. The range-topping model is the Hybrid SEL Premium costs $31,975 and adds LED running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a Fender sound system, and a backup camera. At these prices, the hybrid is clearly the \most expensive version of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta.

The base 2.0L S sedan has a starting price of $17,470 when it gets a 115-hp, 2.0-liter inline-four engine and five-speed manual transmission. Moving up to the 2.5L SE trim level gives the buyers a 170-hp inline-five engine and more equipment. It has an entry price of $19,790. The Jetta TDI diesel has a starting price of $23,785, while the sporty 200-hp Jetta GLI is priced at $24,740.

Powertrain

Volkswagen of American launched the 2013 Jetta Hybrid at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The new Jetta Hybrid is considered to be one of the most efficient vehicles on the market right now, with the fuel efficient and environment-friendly combination of high-tech turbo petrol engine and zero-emission electric motor. Meanwhile, Volkswagen's 7-speed DSG, which is one of the most efficient and most advanced gearboxes around, manages the sporty saloon's power transmission.

After the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, the Jetta Hybrid is the second VW model to have a drive module under its bonnet containing a petrol engine as well as an electric motor, which combine to bring you the lowest fuel consumption values and superior overall performance. More specifically, the new Jetta Hybrid delivers a very low fuel economy value (45 mpg), which means that the car uses up 20% less fuel than other similarly powered cars equipped with a conventional drive system.

You can also choose to drive the new Jetta Hybrid in electric mode with one press of a button, allowing for zero emissions at up to 44 mph speed and over a 1.3-mile distance.

What's more, the Jetta Hybrid is exceptionally quiet and comfortable, thanks to a refined and very advanced TSI (turbo petrol engine), a newly designed exhaust system, thicker windows, an acoustic windshield, and other measures that make it Volkswagen's quietest car offered in its class.

Additionally, the 1.4-liter TSI turbo petrol engine that the carmaker is using for the first time in its Jetta Hybrid has won various awards, including the prestigious "Engine of the Year" in 2011.

Aside from the pure efficiency, the car also boasts cutting-edge battery technology, a fast dual-clutch gearbox, and batter regeneration mode. It also features new instruments, where all the relevant operating states are displayed. The driver can call up relevant information through the menus for the instruments.

Under 'Hybrid,' you can see the currently active drive mode displayed in the form of an energy flow diagram, with the flow's direction shown as arrows. You can also see the battery charge status here. Directly below the flow diagram is the ePower meter, which shows the electric motor's relative power. This ePower meter is only activated when you are in 'electric driving,' 'Boost' and 'E-mode' operating modes. Meanwhile, the power meter indicates the power source of the hybrid drive. It features a multifunctional display in place of the tachometer and it is integrated on the instrument cluster's left side. It informs you of the Jetta Hybrid's momentary operating state: 'Ready,' which means a general readiness to drive; 'Charge' for battery regeneration; 'Eco' for eco-friendly driving mode; 'Boost' for boosting; or 'Off' for internal combustion engine driving using the TSI. In addition, the instruments also indicate 'E-mode' for electric driving, whether it is manually or on automatic.

There is also an audio system display. And there is a 'Zero Emissions' menu that gives you a graphic display of the driving time with no emissions. The display indicates the zero emissions values through percentages in bar diagram form, wherein the interval of one bar is equivalent to one minute of driving.

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