3/4 Front Glamour 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

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5.0Excellent | Details

MPG

42 City / 48 Highway
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More fun to drive than most hybrids, the Jetta Hybrid has faster acceleration, better handling and a dual-clutch automated transmission instead of the typical hybrid continuously variable transmission. It sounds and feels like a gasoline-only powered engine with the fuel efficiency of a hybrid.

What's New for 2014

The Jetta Hybrid debuted in 2013 and it remains essentially unchanged for its second year. However, Volkswagen has added its new Car-Net telematics system to all of its vehicles for 2014.

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Choosing Your Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

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In addition to the seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission, the Jetta Hybrid’s powertrain includes a hybrid system made up of a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that, together, produce 170 horsepower. The motor also acts as a generator to restore battery power through a regenerative braking system.

A Jetta Hybrid has EPA ratings of 42 mpg city and 48 mpg highway—exceptional numbers, without doubt. But Volkswagen also offers hyper-efficient TDI diesel models that may make more financial sense, even if diesel fuel costs more than gas and they're rated for a less spectacular 30 mpg city and 42 mpg highway. The reason? A Jetta TDI starts at $21,295, significantly less than the $27,645 minimum price of entry for a Jetta Hybrid.

Trim levels mirror those of the conventional Jetta:

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SE

The SE trim features dual-zone climate control; a Premium VIII sound system with touchscreen, smartphone interface, and six speakers; keyless entry and push-button start; and 15-inch alloy wheels.

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SEL

At the SEL level, the wheels move up to 16 inches and other new features include a sunroof, rearview camera, heated front seats and a touchscreen navigation system.

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SEL Premium

The SEL Premium trim adds bi-xenon adaptive headlights and a Fender premium audio system with eight speakers and a subwoofer, while the wheels go up another size to 17 inches.

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For a balance of value and desirable features, the mid-range SEL strikes a nice compromise.

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