2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid SEL Premium 1.4 hybrid turbo from North America
Nice car, but not sure it was worth it
Both front doors rattle. They sound hollow and rattle when closed, no "VW thunk". The rear doors are fine. Also, my car has the Fender audio system with subwoofer. Any attempt at turning the radio up to a moderate volume (15-20) results in a vibration in the door that alters the sound of the music. I've tried turning the bass level down to +1. Any lower, and it may as well not have a subwoofer. The local dealer states "other Jetta's they compared it to sound the same." It doesn't mean it's right.
Fuel economy is not close to EPA estimate. It appears to me the hit comes in the "city" fuel economy. Part of this I attribute to the driving conditions in my area. It is somewhat rural with average main road speed limits of 50 MPH or higher. Accelerating to these speeds, then having to stop at a light, then repeat is part of the issue. However, I have noticed that it is VERY difficult to get the car to accelerate at all on battery. Even on slight down hill starts with the lightest throttle possible, the gas engine kicks in almost immediately. However, if I lock it in E-Mode with the button, it can accelerate on battery. I don't understand why the car can't do this on its own. I believe this also impacts the fuel economy.
Overall, it is a nice car. It's quiet, and rides and handles well. The rear seat is very roomy. Trunk space is not bad for a hybrid.
Power for a "economy" car is great. It's not a hot rod, but it does not lack power to pass when necessary.
I'm averaging 36-38 MPG per tank. EPA ratings are 42/48/45. I've only been able to get one tank average over 40 MPG. This combined with having to use Premium fuel removes the advantage of paying more for a hybrid in my opinion.
I could have bought a different car with more features and slightly lower fuel economy for less.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st April, 2014
Mine is giving me above 42 MPG average or 480 miles per tank. I don't think that I paid any premium because it's a hybrid; I got it for $22500, which is the normal for a compact sedan. My only suggestion is look into buying a diesel VW. TDIs are as good on gas mileage as the hybrids.