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VW 2013 Jetta Hybrid to start at $24,995

Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pricing the 2013 Jetta Hybrid starting at $24,995 and ranging up to $31,180 for the Hybrid SEL Premium. (Earlier post.) Powered by a new 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI engine mated to an electric motor, the Jetta Hybrid has a combined output of 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain also features a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The Jetta Hybrid can be driven in pure electric mode at speeds of up to 44 mph (71 km/h) and for a distance of up to 1.2 miles, depending on operating conditions. Manufacturer-estimated combined fuel economy is 45 mpg (5.2 l/100 km); 0-60 mph is less than 9.0 seconds. The Jetta Hybrid will go on sale in the last quarter of 2012.

The 2013 Jetta Hybrid model range includes:

  • Hybrid (available by order only). The Hybrid trim has an MSRP of $24,995. Standard equipment includes the 1.4-liter turbocharged TSI engine; 27-hp electric motor; seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission; front and rear disc brakes; Daytime Running Lights; power and heated exterior mirrors;15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires; rear spoiler and rear diffuser; unique grille; hybrid badging on front, sides and rear; power windows with one-touch up/down; hybrid interior accents; six-way manually adjustable front seats; Climatronic automatic climate-control; Bluetooth ® technology; auxiliary input jack; trip computer; RCD 310 radio with CD player and six speakers; leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel; 60/40 folding rear seat; tilt/telescoping steering wheel column; temperature display; and front, side and Side Curtain Protection airbags.

  • Hybrid SE. The 2013 Jetta Hybrid SE starts at $26,990. In addition to all of the equipment offered on the Hybrid trim, it adds: LED taillights; power recline front seats; Media-Device Interface (MDI) and iPod cable; Premium VIII touchscreen radio with color energy flow display in center console; SiriusXM Satellite Radio; and keyless access with push-button start.

  • Hybrid SEL. The Hybrid SEL has an MSRP of $29,325 and features 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires; a power tilt and slide sunroof; RNS 315 radio and navigation; heated front washer nozzles; heated front seats; and a six-way power driver’s seat.

  • Hybrid SEL Premium. The Hybrid SEL Premium retails for $31,180. Compared to the Hybrid with Navigation, it adds Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and the Active Front-Lighting System (AFS); foglights with cornering light; 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires; the Fender Premium Audio System with subwoofer; and a rearview camera.

All prices exclude destination charges of $795 per vehicle.



Great news, but nevertheless would rather wait for a Jetta and Passat with a DIESEL hybrid.

A combination of diesel and hybrid technology can easily get 70mpg, even for a car the size of a Jetta and Passat.

Come on, VW, you have all the bits and pieces. Now just put them together in one car.


In the short term, why not transplant the Bluemotion Diesel/Ultracap/Startstop system from the Golf to the Jetta and Passat TDI? I think you could the Passat from 44mpg to 55mpg without breaking a sweat. Just do it!


Roger Pham

The combination of hybrid and diesel is too expensive for most buyers, because each commands a separate price premium over that of a gasoline ICEV. People like Kit P who don't drive a whole lot won't be able to take advantage of it. A gasoline HEV is already too expensive for him.

Furthermore, diesel already has high part-load efficiency, much better than gasoline Otto-cycle engine, so, adding a hybrid drive train to a diesel won't improve efficiency as much as adding hybrid to a gasoline engine. Now, frequent stop-and-go diesel trucks can benefit from hybrid drive train due to the braking energy recuperation, though the efficiency gain is nowhere near the gain of hybridizing a gasoline passenger vehicle.

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