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REVIEW: 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE

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Hybrids. Usually not the favored vehicles of gearheads, but favored by those who want to do good for the environment. Recently, we had the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SE — a car you should be seeing a lot more of. Combining German engineering and a hybrid engine, the Jetta Hybrid wowed us. Standalone hybrid vehicles are obvious on the roads — but the Jetta blends in and with the exception of some LED taillights (and optional LED headlights), some Hybrid badging and a different grille, it’s not an obvious hybrid. With an estimated annual fuel cost of only $1,250 and fuel economy of 42/48mpg city/hwy, you’re driving a stylish car that doubles as a great addition to the already environmentally-friendly Jetta model line.

The vehicle we tested had a stylish Frost Silver exterior and Titan Black V-Tex leatherette interior. With a Premium VIII touchscreen radio with CD player, MDI with iPod cable in the glove compartment and SiriusXM radio, the Jetta Hybrid is perfect for long car rides, with ample music opportunities. It also had Climatronic climate control, heated exterior mirrors with turn signal indicators, rear spoiler and keyless access with push button remote start.

With a 1.4L, 150hp, gas powered engine and a 20kW electirc motor, the Jetta Hybrid produces a combined 170 horsepower and 184 lb/ft of torque. Getting from 0-60 was respectable, with an 8.6 second time. It took a little while to get used to the regenerative brakes, as when you stepped on the brake pedal, it felt like something was clamping down on the wheels, but over time, we were able to get used to it and admired the feature. It had a very comfortable ride and for a hybrid, it was pretty awesome. Definitely a recommendation on our end from the hybrid-vehicle standpoint.

Pros: For the price you pay, it was optioned out very well; would never know it was a hybrid just by the looks of it; very comfortable

Cons: Regenerative brakes were a little touchy and took some time getting used to; could use a little more low-end torque

QUICK FACTS:

Base Price: $26,990 || Price as Tested: $28,055

Vehicle Layout: Front-engine, FWD, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 1.4L I4 & 20kW motor; 170 hp; 184 lb/ft torque || Transmission: 7-speed DSG automatic

Curb Weight:  3,311 lbs || Length/Width/Height: 182.8/70/57.2 inches

0-60:  8.6 seconds || EPA City/Highway Fuel Economy: 42/48mpg

RATING: 7.9/10

Exterior: 8

Interior: 8

Acceleration: 7 

Braking: 6

Ride: 8

Handling: 8

Gearbox: 8

Audio: 8

Tech: 9

Value: 9

We’d like to thank Maritza Acosta at East Coast Volkswagen for getting us into a the new Jetta Hybrid — we thought the car was a great example of a hybrid! For all your VW needs, go check out East Coast Volkswagen in Englewood Cliffs, NJ and online at www.eastcoastvw.com. Make sure you tell them Greg and Dave sent you!

REVIEW: 2013 Volkswagen CC

One of Volkswagen’s slogans is: “Better engineering for you.” With that said, Volkswagen has been using “better engineering” to make their cars faster, lighter, more fuel-efficient and safer. Their sole purpose is to make all these things happen at once while producing something fun to drive. We were able to take advantage of the opportunity to drive the 2013 Volkswagen CC thanks to East Coast Volkswagen in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

We have many friends that drive Volkswagens and hardly ever hear a bad word about the car or brand name. Going into this test drive we had pretty good expectations, and having never driven a CC before, we came out of it pleasantly surprised. From the design of the car to the smooth ride, the CC was very impressive.

With a 2.0L turbocharged I4 and 200-hp, the CC made its presence known on the road. Going from 0-60 in 6.9 seconds, the 6-speed DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic and sport mode made the shifts very easy and smooth.

The CC had very bright Bi-Xenon headlights and nicely designed LED day time running lights as well as LED tail lights. The Premium VIII sound system with HD Radio which included 8 speakers, 6-disc CD changer and an SD memory card reader had very good sound quality and was very easy to use.

Pros: Acceleration in the car was great–the turbo makes a huge difference. The trunk was very spacious and we liked the idea of pushing in the VW emblem to open the trunk lid. The touch screen radio was very modern and easy to use. The sport mode was a lot of fun to use as it shifted through gears just like a manual transmission.

Cons: Even though the base model CC comes with many options, we feel for the price it should come with just a couple more.

QUICK FACTS:

Base Price: $30,965 || Price as Tested: $32,535

Vehicle Layout: Front-engine, FWD, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.0L, 200-hp, 207-lb-ft. I4 || Transmission: 6-speed DSG Automatic

Curb Weight: 3329 lbs || Length/Width/Height: 188.9/73/55.8 inches

0-60: 6.9 seconds || EPA City/Highway Fuel Economy: 21/32mpg

RATING: 8.1/10

Exterior: 9

Interior: 9

Acceleration: 9

Braking: 8

Ride: 7

Handling: 8

Gearbox: 9

Audio: 8

Tech: 7

Value: 7

We’d like to thank Maritza Acosta and Damian Coppola at East Coast Volkswagen for getting us into a CC — we thought the car was awesome! For all your VW needs, go check out Volkswagen in Englewood Cliffs, NJ and online at www.eastcoastvw.com. Make sure you tell them Greg and Dave sent you!