The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is an all-new model that enters a segment still void of a concrete identity, but with the Jetta Hybrid, Volkswagen looks to shape our notion of hybrids for the better. The German automaker is determined to become the world’s largest, and if wants to woo more efficiency-minded Americans, it’ll have to lure those that haven’t quite come around to diesel engines yet.
Powered by a spirited 1.4-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine paired to an electric motor, owners will be capable of accessing 170 horsepower, the same as the non-turbo Jetta. Paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the Jetta Hybrid offers a measure of sportiness and fun that isn’t found on the class-leading Toyota Prius. The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is available in four trims, starting at $25,570 after delivery, though our top-of-the-line model was priced at $32,080. What did we think of the Jetta Hybrid? How does it fare against the competition? Is it worth the money? How does it drive and what’s it like to get inside? You can read our 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid Quick Drive, to find out.