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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 Spuke on 10/4/2012 11:53:24 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I know. LOL!

RE: Strictly a high mpg model
By silverblue on 10/4/2012 1:28:34 PM , Rating: 2
I think what he's trying to say is that with a mile range, it's lukewarm. Face it, for the vast majority of your trip you're going to be using the ICE. However, for the price, perhaps it's a bit much to be expecting a much higher range, plus there's the weight aspect to take into consideration.

Still, when (?) it comes to the UK, we'll get utterly shafted on the price. :P

RE: Strictly a high mpg model
By Beenthere on 10/4/2012 1:41:12 PM , Rating: 2
Precisely. The battery storage capacity must be very low. The motor is only 27 HP so you can't run the car on just the electric motor for more than 1.2 miles @ 44 mph. This means you need to run the engine basically 100% of the time and the electric motor is a supplement power adder instead of being the primary drive where the small gas engine would produce the electricity to run the electric motor and charge the batteries.

As noted above the de-contenting is the rear suspension, interior and standard equipment. It may suit a lot of people at the $25K price point but I'll bet money service costs and frequency will be high when it's out of warranty so after three years you'll want to dump it and get something else.

RE: Strictly a high mpg model
By Brandon Hill on 10/4/2012 1:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
I think what he's trying to say is that with a mile range, it's lukewarm. Face it, for the vast majority of your trip you're going to be using the ICE.

Even if that's what he meant, it doesn't make much sense. A hybrid like the Prius can't travel more than a few miles on battery power alone.

Only plug-in hybrids have a battery large enough to go for 20-40 miles on battery power.

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