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2013 VW Jetta SE Hybrid

2013 Volkswagen Jetta Review

(0 Stars)  This best-seller isn’t necessarily the best.

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New For 2013
Although the Jetta is already available in diesel-sipping TDI trim, there’s a new, even more efficient Hybrid model for 2013 that is expected to achieve 45 mpg for its combined city/highway rating. The gas-electric Jetta is one of the better-driving hybrids you can buy, thanks to the fact that it retains Volkswagen’s signature dual-clutch automatic transmission instead of adopting a continuously variable transmission like most other hybrids.
Overview
We gave the redesigned Jetta a cool reception when it arrived in 2011, but there’s no denying that the car has been a success for Volkswagen. Increased sales have been made possible through significantly lower prices, which are the result of fewer standard features and less-sophisticated technologies. Not only does the Jetta revert to a twist-beam rear suspension as in the car from two generations prior, but the old 2.0-liter four-cylinder from that car reappears, too. Most buyers will opt for the 2.5-liter five-cylinder, which is a better match for the rather sizable Jetta. VW has dialed back materials quality, too, but the interior is still competitive with the best cars in the class. The back seat is enormous, and visibility is great. The de-contenting doesn’t apply to the Jetta Sportwagen or the performance-minded GLI sedan. Those models retain the multilink rear suspension, sharper steering, and higher-quality interior that the Jetta’s reputation was built on. Both the sedan and the wagon are available with a frugal, spirited, and quiet diesel engine that can be mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. Alternatively, there’s a Jetta Hybrid that’s equally rewarding and even more efficient. In all, the Jetta doesn’t drive as well as the previous model or the Golf, but it is still a comfortable cruiser that’s a safe buy.

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2013 Jetta SE Hybrid Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 1.4L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Electric / premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 42 MPG city, 48 MPG highway, 45 MPG combined and 531 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
11.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 170 hp @ 5,000 rpm; 184 ft lb of torque @ 1,000 rpm
Secondary power: 150 hp @ 5,000 rpm; 184 lb ft @ 1,400 rpm

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'13 VW SE Hybrid Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Limited Slip Differential
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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