2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Review

The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid gets great fuel economy for a compact car, and reviewers complimented its spacious cabin, poised handling and strong acceleration.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong acceleration
  • Great fuel economy for the class
  • Spacious front and rear seats
  • Small trunk

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid's overall score is not available, though its Critics' Rating, Performance score, and Interior score are based on our evaluation of 25 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.1
This model has never been fully tested for interior. Its overall score is being calculated without interior.
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.7
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2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Overview

Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, the majority of reviewers said the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is quick off the line and has plenty of power for passing on the highway. The gas engine cycles on and off seamlessly, they added. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard and test drivers noted that it shifts smoothly. The 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 42/48 mpg city/highway, which is very good for a small car and on par with rival hybrids’ estimates. The 2013 Jetta Hybrid has responsive steering and handles with impressive body control around corners, test drivers said. They added that it also rides with composure over rough roads. Most auto journalists found the regenerative brakes have a linear, natural pedal feel.

Test drivers liked that the 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid has a padded dashboard and a sophisticated cabin design. The Jetta Hybrid has comfortable front seats, auto writers said, as well as plenty of head- and legroom in the back seat. The 2013 Jetta Hybrid’s trunk has 11.3 cubic feet of space, which is a bit low for the class. The 2013 Jetta Hybrid comes standard with Bluetooth, an auxiliary input and dual-zone automatic climate control. Available features include a power-adjustable driver seat, an eight-speaker Fender audio system, satellite radio, a sunroof, heated front seats, navigation and a rearview camera. The climate and audio controls are easy to use and the available navigation is intuitive, test drivers said.

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Other Cars to Consider

Automotive reviewers said the two-seat 2013 Honda CR-Z is more athletic and fun to drive than most hybrids. It has more cargo space than the Jetta Hybrid, and test drivers complimented the CR-Z’s regenerative brakes for their natural pedal feel.

The 2013 Toyota Prius c gets much better fuel economy than the Jetta Hybrid. Auto journalists reported that the Prius c's transition between gas and electric power is imperceptible, and it has more cargo space than the Jetta Hybrid.

Compare the Jetta Hybrid, CR-Z and Prius c »


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