Volkswagen just announced pricing for the Jetta Hybrid, the newest member of VW’s compact family which will start at $24,995.
It uses a direct-injected, turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, that gives the car a best in class 0-60 mph time of just about nine seconds. A seven-speed dual clutch transmission helps to translate the engine power, and gives the car an estimated fuel economy rating of 45 mpg.
The Jetta Hybrid is offered in four different trim packages ranging from the base $24,995, up to the SEL Premium package for $31,180. Starting off, the Jetta Hybrid comes with 15-inch aluminum wheels, heater mirrors, power windows, a leather wrapped steering wheel and a long list of other features common on entry-level cars.
Bumping up to the SE package means power reclining front seats, a touchscreen radio, keyless access and push button start, all for $26,990.
The SEL trim prices in at $29,325, and gets upgraded 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, sunroof, heated front seats, and six-way power driver’s seat.
Finally the top of the line SEL Premium package will receive LED daytime running lights, an active front-lighting system, foglights with cornering light, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-season tires, a Fender premium audio system and a rear-view camera.
While the main competitors are the Toyota Prius Hybrid and Honda Civic Hybrid, the Jetta Hybrid may be undercut by it’s very own diesel variant, the Jetta TDI. The TDI starts at $22,775, and offers comparable fuel economy, in our test achieving 46 mpg. That means for $2,000 less, you get the diesel version, which achieves near the same fuel economy as the hybrid.