When the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid goes on sale later this year, it’ll start at $25,790, including a $795 destination fee.
The Jetta Hybrid will get 45 mpg combined city/highway rating and closely competes with the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid, which gets 44 mpg combined. The Civic Hybrid costs $800 less than the Jetta Hybrid, and other more efficient hybrids like the Toyota Prius ($24,795/50 mpg combined) also cost less and get higher mileage. The new Ford C-Max Hybrid costs a little more ($25,995/47 mpg combined), but it’s more spacious and more fuel efficient than the VW. Volkswagen’s own 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI diesel gets 34 mpg combined, but costs $2,005 less than the hybrid model.
It’s important to note that the base Jetta Hybrid can only be purchased by ordering it, so most models available to casual car shoppers will start at the SE trim, which starts at $27,785.
Unlike other hybrids sold in the U.S., the Jetta Hybrid has a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine that makes 170 horsepower in conjunction with a 27-hp electric motor. The powertrain is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission – another novelty specific to this hybrid.
The Jetta Hybrid can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than nine seconds, according to Volkswagen, and drive at speeds up to 44 mph on electric power alone. The electric motor is powered by a 1.1-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack; it sits behind the rear seats.
The 2013 Jetta Hybrid will be available in four trim levels: base, SE, SEL and SEL Premium.
The base Jetta Hybrid comes with power heated side mirrors, 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a six-speaker audio system. Like we said earlier, the base Jetta Hybrid is available by order only.
The SE trim starts at $27,785, and includes features like LED taillights, power recline front seats, a touch-screen display and passive keyless entry with push-button start.
The SEL trim starts at $30,120 and adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, navigation, heated front washer nozzles, heated front seats and a six-way power driver’s seat.
The SEL Premium trim start at $31,975 and adds bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights and articulating lenses, fog lights with cornering lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a Fender audio system and a backup camera.
All prices include a $795 destination fee. The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid goes on sale at the end of the year.