Volkswagen expands its Jetta line, which already boasts gasoline and diesel versions, with a hybrid. The electrified drivetrain results in top fuel economy for the line, and makes the Jetta Hybrid very competitive with other automakers' offerings.
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These hybrid badges on the fenders and blue-tinted VW badges mark the car as the Jetta Hybrid.
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Another feature that distinguishes the Jetta Hybrid from other cars in the line is an aero kit, combining a rear spoiler and modified front air dam to significantly lower the car's coefficient of drag.
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The Jetta Hybrid fits in the compact sedan segment, so only has to contend with the Honda Civic Hybrid and Acura ILX Hybrid as direct competition.
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For the hybrid version of the Jetta, Volkswagen upgraded the rear suspension and brakes.
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One of the few compromises is a little lost trunk space, as the lithium ion battery pack sits over the rear axle.
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This high-trim Jetta Hybrid features comfortable front seats, covered in leather, heated, and power-adjustable.
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Rear legroom is not bad for a compact sedan.
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Volkswagen allots cabin tech by trim rather than letting buyers add it piecemeal. This SEL Premium model includes navigation, upgraded audio, and a rearview camera.
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The electrically boosted power-steering system is very easy to turn, giving the car a bit of a luxury feel.
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Volkswagen swaps out the tachometer for a power meter in the Jetta Hybrid's instrument cluster.
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The instrument cluster display can show the hybrid drivetrain power flow.
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The instrument cluster display also shows audio, navigation, and phone information at the touch of a button.
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The seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission delivers smooth, efficient gear changes, but the Sport and manual shift modes are not really useful.
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The navigation system includes basic features, such as maps in 2D and perspective views, but lacks traffic reporting, a key feature in congested areas.
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This rotary menu makes it easy to select options, but the POI database lacks a search feature.
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The hands-free phone system includes contact list integration, and voice command lets drivers place calls by name.
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For Bluetooth streaming audio, the LCD shows full track information, although the skip-track buttons don't work.
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The Fender audio system in the Jetta Hybrid is one of the better values in automotive sound, delivering crisp, clear music reproduction.
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