Mitsubishi i-MiEV  vs Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 

Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE

  • $32k
  • 16 kWh Plug-in EV
  • 112 city 99 hwy
The braking feels pretty good overall, but not as natural as the Leaf's, which itself doesn't quite match a regular car.
by (May, 2012)

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

  • $25k
  • 1.4L Hybrid
  • 42 city 48 hwy
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 (Jan, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of SE vs Jetta Hybrid


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

EPA greenhouse gas score

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of i-MiEV vs Jetta Hybrid

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Jetta Hybrid

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Jetta Hybrid

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE

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Far better EPA smog score 10 vs 9 Less likely to worsen air quality as ranked by the EPA. 10 is a perfect score.
Saves on fuel $592 vs $1,223 2.1x cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Runs on electricity Yes vs No EVs have zero tailpipe emissions
Significantly higher EPA highway mileage 99 MPGe vs 48 MPG More than 2x better on the interstate
Significantly higher EPA city mileage 112 MPGe vs 42 MPG Around 2.8x better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic
Front view of Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

Reasons to consider the
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

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Has a hybrid drivetrain Yes vs No Hybrid cars can run on batteries at low speeds to decrease fuel consumption
Many more emission control devices 2 vs 0 2 more catalytic converters; typically results in cleaner emissions
Much better city driving range 495 miles vs 68 miles More than 7.2x further in the city
Much better highway driving range 566 miles vs 54 miles Around 10.5x further range on the interstate
Lower MSRP $25k vs $32k More than 20% cheaper sticker price

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$31,975 4¢/mile Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid $24,995 8.3¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is cheaper (per year) for infrequent and average drivers, but the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is cheaper for heavy drivers due to its cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Mitsubishi i-MiEV Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid
Price $6,395 ($31,975) $4,999 ($24,995)
Fuel $593 (24 MWh) $1,247 (1,685 gallons)
City 112 MPGe 42 MPG
Highway 99 MPGe 48 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

i-MiEV  vs Jetta Hybrid 

Overall, the i's cabin space is well-divided, for surprising versatility.



8.6 Out of 10
8.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


i-MiEV  vs
Jetta Hybrid 
Brand Mitsubishi Volkswagen
Model year 2012 2013
City range 68 miles 495 miles
Highway range 54 miles 566 miles
MSRP $32k $25k
Annual cost $6,987 $6,222

engine & drivetrain

Plug-in EV
Gearing type Continuously-variable Traditional
Transmission Automatic 2WD 7-speed Automatic 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension 3-link de Dion Multi link
Front brakes 10.1 in Ventilated Disc 11.3 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 8 in Drum 10.71 in Disc
Front wheel width 145 195
Front wheel diameter 15 inch 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65 65

safety features

Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard

physical dimensions

Width 58.1 in 70 in
Front track width 51.6 in 60.7 in
Height 63.4 in 57.2 in
Ground clearance 5.9 in 5.5 in
Length 136.8 in 182.8 in
Wheelbase 100.4 in 104.4 in
Curb weight 2,447 lb 3,311 lb


i-MiEV  vs
Jetta Hybrid 
EPA smog score 10 9
EPA GHG score 10 10
Vapor canisters 0 1
Bleed canisters 0 0
Catalytic converters 0 2
Recirculates exhaust gas No No

power & handling

Max torque 133 ft-lb 184 ft-lb @ 1,400 RPM
Max HP 66 HP 150 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 37.08 lb/hp 22.07 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 29.5 feet 36.4 feet

stereo & entertainment

Speakers 6 6
Auxiliary input Yes Yes
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A


Front A/C Standard Standard
Keyless entry Standard Standard
Navigation system Optional N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard
Mitsubishi i-MiEV SE
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