Volkswagen has sold small numbers of its Touareg Hybrid CUV for two years now, but it’s never had a mass-market hybrid entry.
Find out how VW is about to change all that.
That will be the role of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, a new entry this year that complements VW’s long-established line of fuel-efficient TDI diesel Jetta and Golf models.
The new hybrid uses a small, 150-horsepower, 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, with a single 20-kilowatt (27-hp) electric motor between the engine and a modified version of VW’s excellent seven-speed direct-shift automatic gearbox.
The total combined output of the gasoline-electric powertrain is 170 hp.
For a first effort, Volkswagen has done a remarkably good job at making the Jetta Hybrid fun to drive, smooth, and fuel-efficient.
The Jetta Hybrid is an important car because VW knows that in the U.S., many buyers prefer hybrids to diesels.