The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid will hit dealers near the end of 2012, and we've now learned that the new compact fuel-sipper will be priced from $24,995, (*) excluding the $795 destination charge.

For that price, buyers will be treated to a vehicle packed with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a 27-horsepower electric motor. Total system output is rated at 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and the only transmission on offer is a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. According to Volkswagen's estimates, the Jetta Hybrid will return a combined fuel economy rating of 45 miles per gallon, making it the most fuel-efficient model in the Jetta range. The Hybrid will sprint to 60 miles per hour in just under nine seconds, and it can even cruise in EV mode at speeds as high as 44 mph.

Unlike other automakers that force you to spec a certain trim level in order to get the hybrid technology, Volkswagen is launching its gasoline-electric Jetta in four different configurations. The base model, simply called Hybrid, nets you daytime running lights, power/heated mirrors, 15-inch alloy wheels, Climatronic climate control, Bluetooth and a host of other class-standard features.

Moving up from there, the Hybrid SE – $26,990 – adds LED taillights, power reclining front seats, a MDI audio interface with iPod connectivity, a premium touchscreen radio, Sirius and keyless access. And for $29,325, you can spec the Hybrid SEL which includes goodies like 16-inch alloys, a power sunroof, navigation, heated washer nozzles, heated seats and a full-power driver's seat. At the top of the range is the Hybrid SEL Premium, featuring niceties like bi-xenon headlamps with LED running lights, foglights, 17-inch wheels, a rear-view camera and Volkswagen's excellent Fender audio system.

For comparison, the not-quite-as-efficient (but likely more fun to drive) Jetta TDI – rated at 42 mpg highway – starts at $22,990, and loading one up will set you back $26,990, excluding destination.

Scroll down to read Volkswagen's official press blast with all the nitty-gritty details.
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VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES 2013 JETTA HYBRID PRICING

The latest member of the Jetta family offers competitive pricing, excellent fuel economy, and the fun-to-drive nature expected of a Volkswagen

• Jetta Hybrid starts at $24,995*, with SE priced from $26,990

• Most fuel-efficient Jetta in the lineup with manufacturer estimated combined fuel economy of 45 mpg**

• World's first hybrid to use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission

• Fastest compact hybrid in its class with an estimated 0-60 mph of less than 9.0 seconds

• Drives as a full EV at speeds of up to 44 mph

• Premium features include LED taillights and Daytime Running Lights, plus Bi-Xenon headlights

• Jetta range now extended to five different powertrains, providing a German-engineered compact sedan for everyone

Herndon, VA - Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced pricing for the 2013 Jetta Hybrid, expected to be the most fuel-efficient Jetta in the lineup. Powered by an all-new, high-tech, 1.4-liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI® engine mated to a zero-emissions electric motor, the Jetta Hybrid has a combined output of 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The innovative powertrain also features a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The Jetta Hybrid can be driven in pure electric mode at speeds of up to 44 mph and for a distance of up to 1.2 miles, depending on operating conditions. With a manufacturer estimated combined fuel economy of 45 miles per gallon** and a 0-60 mph time of less than 9.0 seconds, this newest addition to the Jetta family demonstrates that being fuel-efficient doesn't have to come at the cost of performance or fun. The Jetta Hybrid will be available starting at $24,995* and will go on sale in the last quarter of 2012.

The 2013 Jetta Hybrid model range:

Hybrid (available by order only)


The Hybrid trim has an MSRP of $24,995. Standard equipment includes a 1.4-liter turbocharged TSI engine; 27-hp electric motor; seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic transmission; front and rear disc brakes; Daytime Running Lights; power and heated exterior mirrors;15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires; rear spoiler and rear diffuser; unique grille; hybrid badging on front, sides and rear; power windows with one-touch up/down; hybrid interior accents; six-way manually adjustable front seats; Climatronic® automatic climate-control; Bluetooth ® technology; auxiliary input jack; trip computer; RCD 310 radio with CD player and six speakers; leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel; 60/40 folding rear seat; tilt/telescoping steering wheel column; temperature display; and front, side and Side Curtain Protection® airbags.

Hybrid SE

The 2013 Jetta Hybrid SE starts at $26,990. In addition to all of the equipment offered on the Hybrid trim, it adds: LED taillights; power recline front seats; Media-Device Interface (MDI) and iPod® cable; Premium VIII touchscreen radio with color energy flow display in center console; SiriusXM® Satellite Radio; and keyless access with push-button start.

Hybrid SEL

The Hybrid SEL has an MSRP of $29,325 and features 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires; a power tilt and slide sunroof; RNS 315 radio and navigation; heated front washer nozzles; heated front seats; and a six-way power driver's seat.

Hybrid SEL Premium

The Hybrid SEL Premium retails for $31,180. Compared to the Hybrid with Navigation, it adds Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and the Active Front-Lighting System (AFS); foglights with cornering light; 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires; the Fender® Premium Audio System with subwoofer; and a rearview camera.

All prices exclude destination charges of $795 per vehicle.

*Available by order only
**Manufacturer estimate of fuel economy only; EPA results may vary


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      Graham
      • 2 Years Ago
      All really good numbers, but why can't we get it in a 5 door package?
      dreadcthulhu01
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shouldn't this hybrid Jetta be compared to an automatic diesel, to make things apples to apples? Adding the auto costs $1100, so Jetta TDI with a DSG starts at $24,090. So this hybrid is only $905 more expensive. So if you assume that the hybrid Jetta gets its EPA rated 45 mpg in mixed driving, and the Jetta TDI gets say 42 mpg (that is what Autoblog got on their long term test Jetta TDI), at current average US fuel prices the hybrid would cost 8.6 cents per mile, while the TDI costs 9.8 cents per mile. With that 1.2 cent per mile difference, the hybrid will start saving you money over the TDI at 75,000 miles.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dreadcthulhu01
        Since you are comparing Apples to Apples, shouldn't you compare EPA estimate of Hybrid (45 mpg combined) with EPA estimate of Diesel (34mpg combined). So cost of driving Hybrid is 7.5 cents per mile, and for diesel, it is 10.8 cents per mile. It will start saving money after 28000 miles. Now that's within the normal life expectancy of VW Jetta.
        fefifofum
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dreadcthulhu01
        Well actually the TDI gets 34 combined on the epa website, so that's not apples to apples.
      JF
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those wheels are radial-blurtastic!
      Vinuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW can actually replace the 2.0 base 4 cylinder with the 1.4 TSI and the 2.5 5 cyl with the 1.8 TSI (that they are already doing). And this can happen across the model range, and the Golf should have a base 1.4 TSI and not the 2.5. I agree to a lot of people, why not a diesel hybrid? Try and hit 50+ mpg with that, that is a differentiation in itself.
      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a nightmare of electrical system failure this car will be. VW can barely keep the tail lights on one side of their cars lit past the second year of ownership, let alone demonstrate any competence with more complex systems like Oxygen sensors, ABS sensors, and so forth. And, I'm expected to beleive that they will put out a reliable hybrid? Given VW's ongoing lack of effort in the area of electrical system quality control / reliability, there is no reason to pick this modern day "Lucas Special" over a Prius or Fusion.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm glad that VW came out with a real hybrid. They should discontinue the outdated, emmission spewing, cancer-causing particulate spewing POS known as the Jetta TDI. Besides, mileage ratings for diesels are WAY overrated.My sister has a Jetta TDI and she is getting 20 mpg combined out of it.
        RWD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Your sister must be quite an exception, or the engine isn't broken in yet, because 42 mpg is easy to achieve, in fact 50 mpg is quite manageable if you're really trying (highway of course). TDI mileage is generally underrated, actually, look around. The traditional diesel you're probably thinking of is what my grandfather thinks of, which was removed from the market in 2010 and replaced with "Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel" (sulfur is now 15ppm compared to a whopping 500ppm) and sulfur where nearly all of the particulates come from. A modern VW TDI has comparable emissions to the gasoline version, with significantly less CO2. Also requiring no additional emissions from all the heavy equipment used to strip-mine, ship and refine a ton nickel or lithium for the hybrid battery! Nor will you have to replace that giant, highly toxic lump in about 100k miles. Do a little research before you bash ;)
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Ford Fusion Hybrid is infinitely better looking and gets better fuel economy. It's a win for made in America.
      loopless
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lot of VW haters here.... my high mileage 2010 GTI has been a paragon of reliability (unlike my previous 2005 Subaru). The reliability of late model (2009+) VW's ( Chrysler built Routan excluded) has been demonstrated to be 'good'. Anyway, these days, reliability in new cars from nearly any brand has become so good that it comes to nitpicking about issues such as wind-noise, or complicated user interfaces (Ford). You can bet this hybrid Jetta will set the standard for seamless hybrid powertrains - and it doesn't embarrassingly scream 'I'm a greenie' like the Prius.
        fefifofum
        • 2 Years Ago
        @loopless
        Your car is at most 3 years old, it better be a paragon of reliability. Call me in 10 years.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @loopless
        [blocked]
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      What the hell is up with posting on Autoblog on these days? Keeps stuffing up. As will this one, and then will be posted three minutes later.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brodz
        [blocked]
          Dayv
          • 2 Years Ago
          This might be the first time I've ever upvoted you.
      Zortella
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why didn't they mate the Diesel engine with a hybrid rather than a gasoline 4? Seems like the mileage would be even higher.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Diesel makes more sense.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        [blocked]
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad it's the only model you can buy with the thrifty and torquey 1.4TSI engine in the United States. They should offer it as a base or a low-cost option in the golf. I can't wait to see the 1.8TSI begin production and sale.
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