Volkswagen Jetta TDI  vs Hybrid 

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan

  • $23k
  • 2.0L Diesel
  • 30 city 42 hwy
The TDI isn’t a jackrabbit sprinter, but ours did post an ecorespectable 0-to-60 time of eight seconds and a quarter-mile of 16.2 seconds at 85 mph.
by Car and Driver (Aug, 2013)

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 Sedan vs Jetta Hybrid


Will it break the bank?

Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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NMOG/mile, carbon monoxide/mile, nitrogen oxide/mile and EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

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Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 

RideNerd recommends the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid  based on its affordability, fuel economy, air quality and climate friendly.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Jetta TDI vs 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.

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

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

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Reasons to consider the
Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sedan

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Runs on diesel Yes vs No Diesel engines typically last longer than gas engines and cost less in maintenance
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes vs No Recirculation improves the reduction of harmful emissions by the pollution control systems
More emission control devices 3 vs 2 1 more catalytic converters; typically results in cleaner emissions
Front view of Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

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Far better EPA smog score 9 vs 6 Less likely to worsen air quality as ranked by the EPA. 10 is a perfect score.
Higher ranked by the EPA for greenhouse emissions 10 vs 8 Measures tailpipe emissions only. 6 and higher is good; 9 and 10 are great.
Emits much less non-methane organic gases per mile 0.01 g vs 0.01 g 2.8x less NMOG per mile; organic gases contribute to respiratory problems and ozone production
Causes much less acid rain 0.01 g vs 0.05 g 6.9x less nitrogen oxide emitted per mile
Has a hybrid drivetrain Yes vs No Hybrid cars can run on batteries at low speeds to decrease fuel consumption
Saves on fuel $1,223 vs $1,700 Around 30% cheaper based on 15,000 miles/year
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes vs No Decreases fuel use and emissions in stop-and-go traffic
Smaller annual carbon footprint 200 g vs 297 g Around 35% better combined CO2/mile
Better city driving range 495 miles vs 435 miles Around 15% further in the city
Slightly higher EPA city mileage 42 MPG vs 30 MPG 40% better fuel economy in stop-and-go traffic

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

$23,055 11.3¢/mile Volkswagen Jetta TDI
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 TDI is cheaper (per year) for infrequent drivers, but the Hybrid is cheaper for average and heavy drivers due to its cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Volkswagen Jetta TDI Hybrid
Price $4,611 ($23,055) $4,999 ($24,995)
Fuel $1,699 (2,179 gallons) $1,247 (1,685 gallons)
City 30 MPG 42 MPG
Highway 42 MPG 48 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Jetta TDI  vs Hybrid 




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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Jetta TDI  vs
Brand Volkswagen Volkswagen
Body style
Model year 2013 2013
City range 435 miles 495 miles
Highway range 609 miles 566 miles
MSRP $23k $25k
Annual cost $6,311 $6,222

Manufacturing Emissions

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

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L 1.4L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders I4 I4
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Manual 2WD 7-speed Automatic 2WD

stereo & entertainment

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


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


Jetta TDI  vs
EPA smog score 6 9
EPA GHG score 8 10
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.49 g 0.18 g
Combined CO2/mile 297 g 200 g
Methane/mile 0.04 g 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g 0.01 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.05 g 0.01 g
Vapor canisters 0 1
Bleed canisters 0 0
Catalytic converters 3 2
Stops the engine instead of idling No Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No No
Recirculates exhaust gas Yes No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 45 tons 30 tons

power & handling

Max torque 236 ft-lb @ 1,750 RPM 184 ft-lb @ 1,400 RPM
Max HP 140 HP @ 4,000 RPM 150 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 22.58 lb/hp 22.07 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 36.4 feet 36.4 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam Multi link
Front brakes 11.3 in Ventilated Disc 11.3 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10.71 in Disc 10.71 in Disc
Front wheel width 205 195
Front wheel diameter 16 inch 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 55 65

safety features

Active head restraints No No
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A N/A
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 70 in 70 in
Front track width 60.4 in 60.7 in
Height 57.2 in 57.2 in
Ground clearance 5.5 in 5.5 in
Length 182.2 in 182.8 in
Wheelbase 104.4 in 104.4 in
Curb weight 3,161 lb 3,311 lb
GVWR 4,256 4,432
Has a rear spoiler No Yes
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 49 ft³ 50 ft³
Rear seat room 44 ft³ 44 ft³
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