When driving at normal speeds, the pedal exhibits little feel and also has very little resistance as you depress the lever. I covered 106 miles at an average speed of 19 mph, and my travels saw stop-and-go city driving, Chicago rush-hour traffic, and suburban streets and highways. Autobahn breeding is tangible here, but less so than in the others. All advertised vehicles are subject to actual dealer availability. Their distinctive appearance lets drivers communicate to the world that they're driving something different without saying anything at all.
Is the interior a little too noisy by some standards? Most results were predictable, but there were some revelations, as well as some lessons that can be applied to making choices among other vehicle lines that have a range of propulsion systems. The outside temperature hovered in the mid-40s, and I drove it the same way I do other test cars. Why are you reading this magazine? The rear-mounted battery pack gave the hybrid the best weight distribution in this foursome 54. Should you want a conventional gasoline powered car, upgrading to the 170-hp 2. Nevertheless, the hybrid was second quickest in the group—7. But all four cars were generally well equipped.
Our enthusiasm, though, is tempered by the car's clumsy brake-pedal feel and accelerator lag. Praying as it does at the altar of diesel efficiency, Volkswagen has slow-played the introduction of its hybrids. Press the gas pedal to take off from a stop, and nothing happens for a moment before the car surges forward. Recall Date 2014-10-20 Description Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. For one, the direct-injected 1.
The recall began during May 2014. Based on the car's trip computer, my observed gas mileage over the course of a week was an impressive 50 mpg. Automakers have struggled to perfect brake-pedal feel in hybrids, which blend regenerative braking technology with traditional friction brakes, and the struggle continues in the gasoline-electric Jetta Hybrid. Certain vehicles listed may not be available, or may have different prices. In addition to standard performance data, we got the chance to balance cost of ownership—purchase price, fuel-economy ratings, operating cost—against intangibles like driving enjoyment and ecoconsciousness. The durability of the rear trailing arms may be reduced in vehicles whose rear trailing arms have been previously deformed, such as a result of a rear or side-rear impact crash. The electric motor is rated for 27 horsepower and 114 lb-ft, and total system output is pegged at 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft.
Images displayed may not be representative of the actual trim level of a vehicle. Colors shown are the most accurate representations available. However, due to the limitations of web and monitor color display, we cannot guarantee that the colors depicted will exactly match the color of the car. Prices do not include additional fees and costs of closing, government fees and taxes, any finance charges, any dealer documentation fees, any emissions testing fees or other fees. That distinction , which packs a 2. In the real world, we found the hybrid has the most sound-deadening features within the Jetta lineup, helped by an acoustic windshield, thicker front side windows, lower Cd, Continental ContiProContacts, and a specific exhaust.
The trend is repeating itself in the electric-car segment with models like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. This engine is being replaced soon by a , but such a model is not yet available for testing. The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid's fuel economy puts it among the hybrid elite, and its sporty demeanor is a welcome addition to a segment that lacks excitement. Consequently, it drew low scores for its agility and for the responses of its six-speed, torque-converter automatic transmission. A backup camera is optional. Not only does this collection of Jettas provide an exceptional range of choices, but it also provides an opportunity to compare and contrast essentially the entire propulsion spectrum in one model. If the airbag light is on and the steering wheel clock spring requires replacement, dealers will install a new steering wheel clock spring.
Its 175-foot stopping distance from 70 mph was consistent with that of the other Jettas. The powertrains start with the base 2. I've owned a couple Vee-Dubs and just returned our long-term 2012 Honda Civic Si, and the super Jetta promised a slightly more refined version of the sporty-sedan…. The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, though, speaks to the future, and the idea that hybrids will be just another powertrain technology we'll see in more regular cars. Jetta Hybrid in the Market The hybrid market has been defined by quirky-looking cars like the original Honda Insight and the Toyota Prius. That realm has been ruled with a nickel-metal-hydride fist by the Toyota Prius for more than a decade. We looked at four Jetta drivetrains with automatic transmissions.
The redesign did, however, bring about a car priced closer to the competition. In the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring, a spiral wound, flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. The three-person rear bench seat is impressively roomy for two adults, with a comfortable seating position and generous legroom and foot space. It drives the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Prices do not include dealer charges, such as advertising, or costs for selling, preparing, displaying or financing the vehicle. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987. We were also disappointed with our fuel economy.
. This was the only Jetta in our foursome with a manual transmission, but you only lose 0. The recall began on January 15, 2016. Actually, one of this universe's immutable laws is that energy can never be created or destroyed. For a full list of safety features, check out the. New for 2013 A hybrid model completes the lineup. The prices are for cash buyers only; finance prices might be different and subject to credit approval.