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2013 VW Jetta Hybrid: EPA Rating Of 45 MPG

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

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Volkswagen has finally revealed estimated EPA numbers for the 2013 Jetta Hybrid.

The latest, greenest addition to the Jetta range achieves a combined 45 mpg in EPA testing.

That puts its combined rating 11 mpg above that of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the previous economy champ in the range.

Volkswagen has ensured that performance meets expectations for other cars in the range too. The 1.4-liter, turbocharged gasoline engine under the hood produces 148 horsepower. Torque is strong too, with 184 lbs-ft available from only 1,400 rpm.

That engine is paired with a 20 kW (27 hp) electric motor, and sends its power through a 7-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. It allows the Jetta Hybrid to sprint to 60 mph in under 9 seconds.

Drivers can also choose to put the car in EV mode, where they'll get around 1.3 miles of all-electric range, and be able to drive at speeds of up to 44 mph on electric power alone.

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid first drive

And as you'd expect from a hybrid, braking and decelerating helps the lithium-ion battery recoup some energy, ready to be used when you next accelerate. At speeds of 84 mph and under, the engine can be decoupled and turn off completely, allowing the car to "sail" to further improve gas mileage.

Four trim levels are available--SE, an upgraded SE, SEL1 and SEL2. All feature revised bodywork to maximize the car's aerodynamic capabilities, including special spoilers, LED rear lights, low rolling resistance tires and a unique radiator grille.

No further details on the Jetta's economy have been revealed, but we can expect to find these out before the car hits dealers at the end of December.

Pricing starts from $24,995, and rises to $31,180 for the SEL Premium model. You can catch the Jetta Hybrid at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show--head over to our handy show page for more from L.A.

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  1. It's a turbocharged automatic, hopefully, it wouldn't suffer the same fate as Ford's C-Max hybrids. Also, as much as TDI-fanatics would brag about their 'clean' diesels for being efficient and fun, what VW has made here is an impressive hybrid that's more efficient and just as powerful compared to its TDI Jetta. The only main difference is $2000 extra. Hybrids are a clear winner.
     
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  2. What are you implying about the C-Max? What fate?The hybrid wins the efficiency war, but loses the price war. Remember, the battery pack will eventually have to be replaced. Also, VW has little hybrid experience so it'll will be a learning experience for first buyers.
     
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  3. That is just it. It is an automatic. For many including myself not being able to get the car with a real manual trans would keep me from buying it altogether.

    As far as power comparison Turbocharged gas 1.4 150 hp @6000 (+20hp electric) and 184 ft/lbs @ 2400. vs. 2.0 TDI 140 hp @4000 and 236 ft/lbs @1700.

    To me , the power of the TDI and a real manual trans (6-spd) makes the TDI the winner.

    According to VW blogs, many TDI owners are getting much higher economy figures than the EPA suggest.

    The ONLY place , I see the Hybrid shinning is in stop and go traffic otherwise the TDI is my choice.
     
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  4. That is respectable numbers with the MPG and performance. Suddenly the hybrid market is getting "crowded" and "competitive".
     
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  5. Competition is always good. Prices will come down. Efficiencies will go up.
     
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