2016 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

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$31,120

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2016 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
2016 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Impressive gas mileage
  • Composed handling
  • Ride comfort
  • Reserve power at highway speeds
  • Roomy backseat

The bad:

  • Poor brake linearity
  • Accelerator lag
  • Hybrid gauge not an effective coaching tool
  • Hybrid battery reduces cargo space

1 trim

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Notable features

  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto smartphone mirroring
  • Turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Lithium-ion battery pack

2016 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Besides the fuel-saving TDI diesel versions of the Jetta compact sedan, Volkswagen sells a gas-electric hybrid model that competes with the Toyota Prius.

What’s Special

  • EPA-estimated 42/48/44 mpg city/highway/combined
  • Can travel up to 44 mph on electric power alone
  • 150-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder gas engine that works with a 27-hp electric motor
  • Electric motor is powered by a 1.1-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack behind the rear seat
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Unique grille styling
  • Power gauge takes the place of a tachometer in instrument panel

Here’s info on the regular Jetta:

The five-seat Jetta is Volkswagen’s entrant in the compact-sedan segment. Available with a gas or diesel engine, the Jetta competes with the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Ford Focus. A performance-oriented Jetta GLI and a fuel-efficient Jetta Hybrid are also offered.

(Skip to details on the: Jetta GLI)

New for 2016
A 150-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder is the Jetta’s new base engine, and a new available multimedia system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring on the car’s dashboard screen. New active safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking and automatic post-collision braking, which is designed to reduce the incidence of secondary impacts after a crash.

Significant Standard Features

  • 150-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Touch-screen stereo
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • USB port
  • 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 170-hp, turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder
  • 150-hp, turbo-diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Power moonroof
  • Backup camera
  • Keyless access with push-button start
  • Heated front seats
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Fender premium audio
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Navigation system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

Jetta GLI

The Jetta GLI gets a sportier appearance and upgraded features for 2016. It’s powered by a 210-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that works with a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

What’s Special

  • Honeycomb grille
  • Rear diffuser
  • Sport suspension
  • LED taillights
  • Red accent stitching

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.9

Volkswagen comes through again!

I like the Jetta Hybrid for its reliability, gas mileage, comfort and appearance. The heated seats provide great comfort for this old back. The navigation system is easy to follow, and with the included Sirius traffic feature helps me arrive easily at my destinations. I purchased the maintenance package at the time I took delivery and haven’t paid for anything additional after 40,000 miles and 3 3/4 years of ownership. I have found the car to be comfortable whether I’m bopping around town, or driving up the coast. It’s fun to watch the display to see whether the car is working off the electric motor, charging, or using the gasoline engine. I love the tight turning circle as well as the quick response and pep of the engine.

5.0

Most fun in a turbo hybrid there is!

I bought the car new, and it ran like a dream. I drove it for over 70K miles, and it NEVER had a problem. It could take off like a shot, handled the road like a slot car, and NEVER paused when I needed it to do something. As I came up to a stop light, or found myself in stop and go traffic of a long commute, I could feel the regenerative braking system do its job. It took about three stops to get used to. It fit passengers and cargo comfortably for long trips and had a great infotainment system. Family vacations with grown teens were never an issue. Very easy to drive in the mountains and at the beach. And easy for my teens as young drivers to use, because of the safety features (including park assist, cross traffic warnings, and back up camera). In real-world driving, I averaged between 41 and 47MPG. Oddly, in the mountains, I would see 50+MPG. The car used electric (although a relatively short range) preferentially. I could take kids to school and return home and never hear the gas engine turn on. All charging was from the engine, coasting, or regenerative braking. It became almost sport to see how often I could compel the electric motor to be the power of choice. It NEVER ran the gas engine during stops or in drive through. It was like having a sports car in a little family sedan. Sadly, a young driver looking down at his phone did not see that everyone in front of him had to make an emergency stop. So, I'm writing about the best little car I now wish I could find again as a past tense car. It has gone to "that great salvage shop in the sky". In an FYI: all the passengers and myself were unharmed in my car that was sandwiched between the hapless driver who collided from behind and shoved us into the driver in front of us. From the outside, the car looked impressively scrunched at its crumple points, but on close examination, the passenger, battery, and engine compartments were well preserved. Very nice job, VW.

5.0

My New Used Hybrid Jetta

I've had this car for two weeks, so far so good. It's comfy, cute, fun to drive and works well. I've driven over 200 miles (150 miles on the freeway) and am still above 3/4 tank of gas.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2015-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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