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RSS Review: 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid


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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/hybrids/" rel="tag">Hybrid</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/sedans/" rel="tag">Sedan</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/volkswagen/" rel="tag">Volkswagen</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/reviews/" rel="tag">New Car Reviews</a></p><em><big>More Fun Than A Prius, Less Sensible Than A TDI</big></em><br /><br /><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2013-volkswagen-jetta-hybrid-first-drive/"><img alt="2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid - front three-quarter view" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2013/02/2013-vw-jetta-hybrid-fd.jpg" style="margin-top: 4px; margin-bottom: 4px; width: 628px; height: 417px;" /></a><br /><br />Let's have some fun, and do some math. We're talking pretty rudimentary stuff, multiplication and division, to figure out if the upcoming <a href="http://green.autoblog.com/2012/11/09/2013-volkwagen-jetta-hybrid-a-performer-in-the-mountain-air/">Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid</a> can make a baseline case for itself against two very strong competitors in this segment. The competitors in question, at least for now, are two more Jettas: the diesel-drinking <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/volkswagen/jetta+tdi/">TDI</a> and the <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2010/07/21/2011-volkswagen-jetta-first-drive-road-test-review/">fit-for-the-masses SE</a> with VW's long-serving 2.5-liter engine.<br /><br />To keep the equations clean and simple (hey, we're writers), we'll calculate based on the most flattering EPA miles per gallon stat from highway driving for all cars, assume a healthy 20,000 miles driven per year, and factor in today's average cost for the respective fuels these three require: diesel (TDI), regular (SE) and premium (Hybrid). We'll also start with the base prices for all models.<br /><br />With all of that info loaded into our mental hoppers, how much time does it take to make the 45-mpg fuel economy of the Jetta Hybrid offset its premium price? To refresh, the $24,995 Hybrid is $2,005 more than the TDI and a heady $6,000 more than the SE. With highway economy ratings of 43 mpg for the TDI and 48 for the Hybrid, even considering that diesel fuel is more expensive, it'd take you about seven years of Hybrid driving before you've paid off the technology premium. The regular-gas sipping SE is a still more compelling argument for the frugal, as you'll need to drive your hybrid for roughly 13 years to make up the sticker difference at today's fuel prices. Bring the miles driven down to a closer-to-average 12k per year, and the payback takes even longer.<p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/12/2013-volkswagen-jetta-hybrid-review/" rel="bookmark">Continue reading <em>2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid</em></a></p><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/12/2013-volkswagen-jetta-hybrid-review/">2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/12/2013-volkswagen-jetta-hybrid-review/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20457115/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/02/12/2013-volkswagen-jetta-hybrid-review/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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