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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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By autoboy on 10/4/2012 2:11:25 PM , Rating: 2
Because a diesel engine makes less power than a gas engine, and power is energy that charges the batteries. The 2.0L TDI makes 140hp and the 2.0L gas engine makes 200-211 hp. The TDI gets away with less power because of high torque, and torque makes an engine feel tractable on the road. But torque is not energy. Power is energy and the batteries need to be charged with energy and not torque. So, it makes more sense to use a higher energy engine than a low energy high torque engine.

By silverblue on 10/5/2012 8:55:34 AM , Rating: 2
140bhp isn't massive for a 2.0L turbodiesel, but efficiency is the name of the game. You can get similar engined cars with 170bhp, for example (see the Alfa Romeo Giulietta).

The EPA ratings should be taken with a pinch of salt. If you're driving mostly at high speed, a diesel will undoubtedly benefit you over a petrol, whereas for city driving, a hybrid or a city car is the most obvious choice. As for a diesel hybrid, the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4 does 2.5 to 3 miles on its batteries which already beats the Jetta comprehensively (though not a US car), so there's definitely scope for diesel-hybrids.

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