Volkswagen has gone out of its way to make sure consumers know they can have a sporty driving experience in a hybrid electric sedan. Highlighting this aim, a modified version of the turbocharged Jetta Hybrid has even become the fastest production hybrid in the world, clocking a top speed of 186 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
To see how this new gas-electric performance combo treats the planet, we’ve scored it using our eRating algorithm, which accounts for all of the pollution during car’s production and use.
The result: the 2013 Jetta Hybrid earns an impressive score of 182, well above the average for its size class. The car uses VW’s a unique design for what is known as “P2” (parallel two-clutch) hybrid powertrain technology. A 27 horsepower electric motor is paired with a 150 horsepower 1.4 liter turbocharged gasoline engine to achieve a rated combined mileage of 45 mpg.
The Jetta Hybrid’s two-clutch configuration allows the engine to be decoupled from the wheels during coasting for added efficiency. The design enables a zippier balance for the three-way trade-off of efficiency, performance and cost than the two-motor powersplit technology used in the Toyota Prius and other efficiency-optimized hybrids. Feeding power through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, the Jetta Hybrid provides a more traditional and engaged feel compared to the electric continuously variable transmission (eCVT) commonly seen in powersplit hybrids.
The Jetta Hybrid’s engineers have come up with an elegant solution that saves drivers dollars, is kind to the planet and capable of providing the kind of nimble and spirited ride that VW lovers expect.
|Make and Model||$MSRP||Specs||MPG |
(city / hwy / comb)
|VW Jetta Hybrid||25,790||1.4 L 170 hp 4 cyl.,|
|42 / 48 / 45||182|