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2013 Volkswagen Jetta - Review


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The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta sedan range, now in its third year, has expanded from the traditional gasoline and diesel versions to include a new hybrid model as well. This makes Volkswagen's four-door compact sedan one of very few vehicles--and the sole volume car--to offer all three powerplants for buyers to choose from.

The Jetta sedan was redesigned for 2011 to be larger and less expensive, though the SportWagen soldiers on essentially unchanged with a body that's been around since 2009. The Jetta SportWagen thus retains a few features that will appeal to buyers--a higher-grade interior and an independent rear suspension--that may or may not offset a rear seat that's smaller than the one in the four-door sedan.

Volkswagen offers a surprising variety of powertrains in the various Jetta models: five engines and three transmissions, or four if you count the hybrid separately. The base engine for the sedan is a 115-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, offered with either a five-speed...

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