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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Overview
The brand new 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid meshes German style and sensibility with modern technology and fuel economy.
Volkswagen has been one of the foremost purveyors of fuel efficient diesel models in the United States for several years now, and recently though they have started to branch out into gas-electric hybrids as well. The Jetta Hybrid is the second hybrid in their lineup, joining the Touareg Hybrid SUV.
From the outside, the 2013 Jetta Hybrid looks very similar to a standard Jetta, with a simple design that features clean lines and not very much drama. However there is some skin deep beauty to the Jetta Hybrid, because although it looks similar to the gas-only Jetta small changes actually reduce drag by 10 percent which helps to increase fuel economy. It features a unique grille and a small lip spoiler, as well as available daytime LED running lamps to spruce things up.
Under the hood, the Jetta Hybrid actually carries with it a surprising amount of power – it is the most powerful car in the Jetta family, save the high-performance GLI. A turbocharged 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine combines with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack to output 170 total horsepower and a robust 184 pounds-feet of torque. For those keeping track, that’s 55 more horses than the Jetta’s base engine, not to mention all that torque which helps the Jetta Hybrid feel quick and powerful. The 2013 Jetta Hybrid can run up to 44 mph on electric power alone; the battery is charged in driving thanks to a regenerative braking system. It also features a unique seven-speed automatic transmission.
Of course with hybrids, where the rubber meets the road is fuel economy and the Jetta Hybrid garners ratings of 42/48 mpg city/highway, far outpacing the diesel variant of the Jetta and matching up well with competitors like the Civic Hybrid.
Inside, the interior is standard Jetta fare with the addition of a multifunction screen housed in the instrument panel that displays fuel economy and other bits of green-driving information to the driver. Dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary audio input, and unique hybrid trim pieces all come standard, while a navigation system, heated front seats, iPod connector, and a backup camera are also available.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, six airbags, and an electronic stability system.