The most fuel-efficient Volkswagen Jetta also will be the most expensive. Volkswagen revealed today that the 2013 Jetta Hybrid will start at $25,790 (after a $795 destination charge) when it goes on sale later this year, with prices climbing to $31,975 for fully equipped models.
Volkswagen introduced the 2013 Jetta Hybrid at the Detroit auto show in January. It uses a 1.4-liter turbo-four gasoline engine and electric motor/generator, which send a combined 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Although the EPA has yet to provide official figures, Volkswagen says its hybrid should return 45 mpg and can drive without the gasoline engine at speeds up to 44 mph. The Jetta Hybrid also is supposed to complete the 0-to-60-mph run in 9.0 seconds.
The touted low entry price is only for the base Jetta Hybrid, which will be available as a special-order model only. Its equipment list includes 15-inch alloy wheels, power windows, automatic climate control, power windows, a CD player with Bluetooth and an auxiliary port, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The next step up is the $27,785 Hybrid SE, which adds LED taillights, a power driver's seat, a touchscreen radio with satellite radio and an iPod interface, and push-button start.
The Jetta Hybrid SEL adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a navigation system, a sunroof, and heated washer nozzles and front seats, bringing its price to $30,120. The top-spec Hybrid SEL Premium costs $31,975 and adds LED running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a Fender sound system, and a backup camera.
These prices position the hybrid as the most expensive version of the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta. The base 2.0L S sedan starts at just $17,470 when equipped with a 115-hp, 2.0-liter inline-four engine and five-speed manual transmission. Upgrading to the 2.5L SE trim level, which includes a 170-hp inline-five engine and more equipment, bumps the entry price to $19,790. The Jetta TDI diesel starts at $23,785, and the sporty 200-hp Jetta GLI requires $24,740.
In terms of other hybrid cars, the Jetta is about mid-pack for its size and performance. The 2013 Honda Insight, 2012 Toyota Prius C, 2012 Honda CR-Z, 2012 Toyota Prius, and 2012 Honda Civic hybrids all undercut the Jetta's entry price. The Civic is closest to the Jetta in both price and size -- at $24,990, the Honda hybrid is only marginally cheaper than the Volkswagen.