2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Automatic Sedan Hybrid FWD 

  • $25k
  • 1.4L Hybrid
  • 42 city 48 hwy
8.6 Out of 10
Responsive steering and taut suspension tuning that's still compliant enough for daily commuting make the Jetta Hybrid feel nimble in the city and comfortable on the highway.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)
Besides the cost of the hybrid system, another price you pay for maximum mpg is generally tepid performance and languid handling.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)

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In SEL trim, the Jetta Hybrid's cabin has enough niceties — both in terms of features and materials — to warrant our car's $30,000-plus as-tested price.



8.1 Out of 10

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Volkswagen offers a variety of powertrains for the Jetta and, generally speaking, more efficient versions come with higher price tags.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)
It drives the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)
It’s worth noting that, although the TDI diesel and the GLI can be had with dual-clutch boxes, the regular car offers only a regular torque-converter automatic.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)


The electric motor is rated for 27 hp and 114 lb-ft.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)
Automakers have struggled to perfect brake-pedal feel in hybrids, which blend regenerative braking technology with traditional friction brakes, and the struggle continues in the Jetta Hybrid.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)
But the grabbiness in the VW system forces the driver to modify his or her braking technique perhaps more than in other vehicles, particularly at low speeds, and some of our drivers were unable to adjust completely.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)


It’s quick by compact-hybrid standards—7.9 seconds to 60 mph—and its responses compare favorably with those of the Jetta GLI, the hot rod of VW’s compact-sedan lineup.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)
The gearbox is even unique among Jettas, as the automatic options for the other models top out at six forward ratios.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)
Measured against that anemic standard, VW’s new Jetta hybrid strikes a refreshing note.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)


Although they would be contrary to the car’s mission, we’d have liked to see a pair of paddle shifters sprout behind the steering wheel, and the low-rolling-resistance tires don’t deliver scintillating levels of grip.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)
The suspension hardware is basically the same between the GLI and hybrid—both have the more advanced multilink rear setup versus the base model’s torsion beam—but the eco-friendlier car is tuned slightly softer, and it of course carries more weight.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2012)
Many hybrids have a way of isolating the driver from the act of driving, whether through numb steering or sloppy handling.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)


The first half-inch of pedal travel produces immediate stopping power from the car's regenerative braking system, but after that initial forcefulness the response tapers off significantly, with the last few inches of pedal travel yielding modest braking.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)
After a few days, I acclimated and the brakes felt less jarring, but they still demanded a lot of my attention in order to make a smooth stop.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)
The delay is brief and occurs consistently enough that you can account for it as you drive, but it's nonetheless another idiosyncrasy that, like the brakes, makes the car feel unpolished.
by cars.com (Jan, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Volkswagen
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
City range 495 miles
Highway range 566 miles
MSRP $25k
Annual cost $6,222

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 4.55 m³
CO2 per car made 0.89 metric ton
Energy per car made 1,790 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 209 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.4L
Air compressor None
Fuel Hybrid
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 7-speed Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 6 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio N/A
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C Standard
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 9
EPA GHG score 10
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.18 g
Combined CO2/mile 200 g
Methane/mile 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 110 g
Bleed canisters 0
Bleed canister capacity 0 g
Catalytic converters 2
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 30 tons

power & handling

Max torque 184 ft-lb @ 1,400 RPM
Max HP 150 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 22.07 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.4 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 11.3 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.71 in Disc
Front wheel width 195 mm
Front wheel diameter 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65

safety features

Active head restraints No
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 70 in
Front track width 60.7 in
Height 57.2 in
Ground clearance 5.5 in
Length 182.8 in
Wheelbase 104.4 in
Curb weight 3,311 lb
GVWR 4,432 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 50 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³
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