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.
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.