Hybrid electric vehicles have a reputation for excellent fuel economy and lower emissions, but they also have a reputation for low power and poor handling. Volkswagen hopes the new Jetta Hybrid will challenge those perceptions.
Introduced for the 2013 model year, the Jetta Hybrid ups the fun factor with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 20-kilowatt electric motor. Together they produce 170 horsepower. In addition, in place of the continuously variable transmission of most competing hybrids, the Jetta Hybrid is equipped with Volkswagen’s automated seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that includes paddle shifters for drivers who prefer to be in control.