The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid’s second generation has greater capability, added power and even more style. As its form might be familiar, the mid-engine car of the manufacturer has been redesigned from the ground up, and it incorporates a modern technology, design, and engineering from successful cars of Volkswagen.
Although the Jetta might not be sensational to behold, the conservative and clean styling indeed have aged well. Add some additional chrome detailing, the larger, and more expressive wheel designs of the upper trim levels of Jetta and this basic sedan takes on a more decent look. The racy Jetta GLI has a modified red trim, styling, and various wheels to differentiate from other Jettas, and it looks more expensive, closer to the Audi than the Volkswagen.
Tasteful and purposeful, the interior of the Jetta Hybrid takes on a basic and functional look, same to its external design. Fabric-wrapped windshield pillars in the material which equals the headliner is one instance of VW’s attention to the detail, as is a softly padded center-armrest that slides and raises to adjust for optimum comfort. Gloss black trim, chrome accents, and extra soft-touch surfaces offer an excellent appearance in higher trim levels, and purchasers benefit from a richer, two-tone cabin appearance when selecting beige or gray interior colors.
New for 2016, the Jetta Hybrid advances next-generation infotainment technology with the Car-Net App-Connect technology featuring Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a Mirror Link technology and a 6.3-inch touchscreen display. Car-Net subscription services offer access to many useful features, including automatic collision notification and the Family Guardian set of alerts associated with a curfew, speed, and geographic boundaries. Navigation is also included for the Jetta Hybrid, with the Fender premium audio system.
Engine/ Fuel Efficiency
For a hybrid this size, Jetta’s EPA fuel-economy rating of 42 MPG city/48 MPG highway and 45 MPG combined is incredible. Though, unlike many hybrids, the city MPG is lower than the highway. The 1.4L 7-speed DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode can reach a horsepower of 150 – incredible for a hybrid model.
All Jetta models no matter trim or drivetrain level come typically with dual full-length, side and front side traction and stability control systems as well as curtain airbags. Based on the model, customers can order much electronic driving assistance at an additional cost. These include Rear Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Monitor, Park Distance Control and Forward Collision Warning system.