2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: Up Close

By Mike Hanley  on January 8, 2012

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While the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's styling leaves no question that it's not a regular Sonata, Volkswagen's new Jetta Hybrid could easily be mistaken for the regular Jetta. Or the TDI for that matter.

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Subtle updates include a blue-ringed VW badge on a piano-black grille — a nice look, to be sure — that's bordered by headlights with available LED daytime running lights. There are also some small hybrid badges, but the large hybrid graphic on the doors is strictly an auto-show touch.

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Inside, the Jetta Hybrid has some of the premium appointments seen on the gas-only GLI, such as a soft-touch dashboard, and it features some hybrid-specific cues like a charge/assist gauge in the instrument panel and soft simulated leather upholstery with a unique pattern. However, some of the car's downmarket elements remain, such as hard plastic on the upper doors where you might rest your arm.

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It's good to see the Jetta Hybrid retains the split-folding backseat and some of its utility despite the addition of a lithium-ion battery in the trunk. The battery creates a substantial ledge in the cargo floor, but there's still an opening that's about 6 inches high, which is better than nothing.

Official pricing hasn't been announced, but Volkswagen expects the Jetta Hybrid to start around $25,000. That's about what a Honda Civic Hybrid costs, but it's more than the $22,775 Jetta TDI diesel, which gets an EPA-estimated 30/42 mpg and 34 mpg combined. The Jetta Hybrid will be considerably more efficient if Volkswagen's 45-mpg-combined estimate holds.


Senior Editor Mike Hanley is a father of three boys; he reviews new cars, admires classic cars and has embraced the minivan lifestyle.  Email Mike


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