According to Volkswagen, 2013 Jetta Hybrid achieves 45mpg combined, which is 5mpg fewer than Toyota Prius.
There are 2 kinds of VW customers in United States and hence automaker is offering 2 types of highly fuel efficient Jettas for 2013. The hybrid model from VW is likely to compete with Honda Civic and Toyota Prius Hybrid.
Under the Hood
It has a common engine cradle and front suspension design as Golf MK; it is not based on the complete new platform. Its hybrid drive-train consists of a 1.4-L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that generates 150hp and torsion of about 184 lb-ft, while the addition of electric motor, mated to a 220V 1.1kWh lithium ion battery adds 27hp.
With full hybrid technologies used, it achieves up to 44mpg (only on electric mode), with the maximum range of 1.2miles in Eco mode. The EPA combined gas mileage rating is 45mpg, which tells that the city mileage is somewhat above the range. It gets 1mpg better than Civic Hybrid and 11mpg than the already frugal VW’s Jetta TDI vehicle.
Like Toyota’s hybrid cars, Jetta gets most of its fuel savings in the city and like Porsche’s Cayenne and Panarema models, it offers more impressive numbers. It can go above 70mph on a full battery charge.
The seven-speed dual clutch gearbox ensures smooth on-off transitions; the combination of hydraulic assist and electric system further downs the pedal. 2013 Jetta Hybrid is capable of accelerating 0-60mph in less than 9 seconds, which is considered best for a compact hybrid. It is also the first hybrid vehicle to get 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
As in VW Touareg Hybrid, it features a clutch that separates the gas engine from drive-train during its operation on pure electric mode. The overall weight of the vehicle is 3,310 pounds, which is again considered to be good for a hybrid in its class.
The base price of the new 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid is about $26,000.