2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Review
Although the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid has good fuel economy, reviewers say it has a low reliability rating and a small trunk.
Combined, the Jetta Hybrid’s electric motor and four-cylinder, turbocharged engine produce 170 horsepower. Most test drivers think that the VW Jetta Hybrid has good acceleration for a hybrid. It also has a standard seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the 2013 Jetta Hybrid gets up to 42/48 mpg city/highway, which is good. Critics also like the Jetta Hybrid's responsive steering and strong brakes.
Like its gasoline-only sibling, the 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid’s front and rear seats fit adults comfortably. Reviewers even say that the Jetta Hybrid’s cabin space competes with the interiors of affordable midsize cars. One thing the Jetta Hybrid lacks, however, is ample cargo space, which is a common issue among hybrid sedans. The 2013 Jetta Hybrid comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control and Bluetooth. A navigation system, Fender premium audio system and rearview camera come with the top trim. Reviewers think that the Jetta Hybrid’s cabin and features are well-made, but find that some of navigation system’s features are complicated to use.
- "Bottom Line: The Jetta Hybrid's prospective fuel-economy ratings measure up well among competing compact hybrid sedans, but this new VW stands out from its small pack for reasons other than mpg. It's the only turbo hybrid going, and it goes quite well-passing on two-lane highways, for example." -- Popular Mechanics
- "The 2013 Jetta Hybrid, however, offers a blend of sportiness, refinement and fuel economy in a compact sedan package that helps distinguish it in the hybrid world." -- Cars.com
- "Personally, we'd have a tough time taking this hybrid over the fantastic diesel option. But for buyers who are still skittish about diesel, the 2013 Jetta hybrid turbo should be on their short list." -- AutoWeek
- "Judged on value alone, the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is a tough sell. But if you're already a fan of the Jetta and its truly medium-size dimensions, there's plenty to like about this hybrid sedan." -- Edmunds
Other Cars to Consider
With seats for two, the Honda CR-Z hatchback is significantly smaller than the Jetta Hybrid, but it has a lot more cargo space. Unlike the Jetta Hybrid, it can come with a manual transmission, which allows more driver involvement, but its fuel economy ratings are lower.
The Toyota Prius can’t accelerate nearly as fast as the Jetta Hybrid, but its fuel economy ratings are higher. The Prius also has spacious front and rear sets, as well as significantly more cargo space than what the Jetta offers.
Details: 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
The all-new 2013Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is VW’s first hybrid sedan. It comes in base, SE, SEL and SEL Premium trims. All models come with a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard.