- Debuted in 2013
- 42/48 mpg city/highway
- Volkswagen’s first hybrid car offered in the United States
Returning for 2014 is the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, which meshes German style and sensibility with modern technology and fuel economy.
For 2014, the Jetta Hybrid, which debuted last year, adds some new technology for the new model year including a high-res LCD color screen in the instrument panel. Also new is Volkswagen’s optional Car-net communication system, which includes services like roadside assistance, vehicle health reports, and stolen vehicle location assistance. It comes with a downloadable app so all of the services can be used via smartphone.
Though it carries a familiar look to the standard Jetta, the Jetta Hybrid offers a few subtle design tweaks that might not be easily seen with the naked eye but actually work to reduce drag by 10 percent, which increases 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 2014 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 Jetta Hybrid can run up to 44 mph on electric power alone. It also features a unique seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The gas engine requires premium fuel, but it can now also run on E15 ethanol.
Of course with hybrids, it all comes down to 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.