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Despite announcing a newfound focus on electric vehicles, Volkswagen is set to kill the Jetta Hybrid in 2017. After dropping the Touareg Hybrid, the Jetta Hybrid was left as the company's only hybrid offering in the United States. It's disappointing news, as we praised the car for being one of the best driving hybrids available.

The Jetta Hybrid was never a sales leader, falling short of Volkswagen's sales goals. Until recently the car had to compete in-house against Volkswagen's diesel offerings. The diesels offered similar fuel economy numbers on paper and were often less expensive. The Jetta Hybrid, rated at 42 city/48 highway mpg, is only available in the top-level SEL trim, with an MSRP of $31,120. For comparison, the top-level Toyota Prius starts at $30,000 even and achieves far better fuel economy.

The sedan is – was – powered by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that's mated to a seven-speed DCT. The car felt a little more lively than other hybrids, partially since the hybrid system only added about 220 pounds over a similarly equipped non-hybrid Jetta.

We've added the pertinent segment of VW's press release mentioning the cancellation below.

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Jetta

Trim lineup simplified to just four models: S, SE, SEL, and SEL premium (sold order)
Jetta GLI now offered only in high-value SE trim
Jetta Hybrid no longer available
Rearview camera now standard on base S trim
New driver assistance features added to lower trim lines

The Jetta lineup is simplified for MY 2017. The base S trim adds 16-inch steel wheels as standard, along with a rearview camera, LED DRLs, two-tone cloth seats, with the option of 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a cold weather package (heatable washer nozzles and front seats).

For 2017, the midline SE adds VW Car-Net connectivity, a sunroof, LED DRLs, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, and V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces with rear pass-through functionality. The SEL trim gains: a power driver's seat; LED DRLs; exterior chrome accents; Climatronic automatic dual-zone climate control; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The top SEL Premium, available as a sold order only, gains: Bi-xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front lighting System; LED DRLs; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

The Jetta GLI is now available in only one trim, with standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED DRLs, a navigation system, power driver's seat, Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), the Fender Premium Audio System, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert.

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