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Base model Jetta Hybrid is priced well

Volkswagen of America has announced the official pricing for the 2013 Jetta Hybrid. The official price for the base Jetta Hybrid will be $24,995 with an SE model starting at $26,990. Volkswagen says that the hybrid version of the Jetta will be the most fuel-efficient Jetta in the lineup with an estimated combined fuel economy rating of 45 mpg. 
The car is also the first hybrid in the world to use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The car will also be the fastest compact hybrid in its class with an estimated 0 to 60 mph time of less than nine seconds. The 2013 Jetta Hybrid is also able to drive on electricity alone at speeds of up to 44 mph for up to 1.2 miles depending on operating conditions.
The gasoline engine of the Jetta Hybrid is a 1.4-liter turbocharged TSI engine combined with 27-HP electric motor -- total system output is listed at 170hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle in base form will feature front and rear disc brakes, daytime running lights, power heated exterior mirrors, 15-inch wheels, rear spoiler, rear diffuser, and hybrid badging. The car will also have power windows and six way manually adjustable seats along with air-conditioning. The base model also features integrated Bluetooth technology and a CD player with six speakers.
The SE version of the vehicle includes all the base model features and adds LED tail lights, power reclining front seats, a media-device interface with an iPod cable (Lightning perhaps?), and a premium touchscreen radio along with keyless entry and start. The high-end hybrid SEL will sell for $29,325 and adds a sunroof, navigation system, heated front seats, and more. Volkswagen's top-of-the-line Jetta Hybrid, the SEL Premium, will start at $31,180.

The SEL Premium version gets the hardware from the SEL plus navigation, LED daytime running lights, and active front light system, bi-xenon headlights, 17-inch wheels, and a premium audio system and more.
Volkswagen first announced the Jetta Hybrid back in January.

Source: VW

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RE: Strictly a high mpg model
By aliasfox on 10/4/2012 10:59:34 AM , Rating: 2
The US version uses a torsion beam rear axle rather than independent suspension, making the car both ride worse and have less stable handling than if it had used independent suspension like the previous generation.

It's less hybrid than something like the Volt, but it sounds at least as hybrid as something like a Prius.

RE: Strictly a high mpg model
By Spuke on 10/4/2012 11:52:50 AM , Rating: 2
It's less hybrid than something like the Volt, but it sounds at least as hybrid as something like a Prius.
LOL! So the new buzzwords are "less" and "more" hybrid now? Did I miss an English class somewhere? They're ALL hybrids.

RE: Strictly a high mpg model
By aliasfox on 10/4/2012 12:04:22 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps less 'electric' would be a more apt descriptor?

I have no horse in the game, be it Toyota, GM, or VW - as a matter of fact, as a Manhattanite, I don't even have a car. I'm just calling it like I see it.

I have a feeling that most hybrid owners simply want a lower fuel bill (at the expense of greater up front costs), so a turbo-supercharged engine that requires premium is an eyebrow raising decision, IMO. We'll see.

RE: Strictly a high mpg model
By autoboy on 10/4/2012 2:21:12 PM , Rating: 2
The primary buyers in this segment are fine with the torsion beam rear axle. The Jetta in Europe is positioned as a premium sedan and is mostly bought by older folks. The Jetta in America is positioned as an entry level car and is bought by young people, mostly women. The American Jetta is selling very well with the torsion beam suspension, all competitors also use the same suspension (except the Civic) and Jettas have always had a torsion beam except for the last generation which went upmarket a bit.

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