With the introduction of the Jetta Hybrid we told you about in an earlier post, Volkswagen is touting what it says is the highest number of models to achieve more than 40 MPG in any single brand’s lineup: seven.
VW can make that claim both because of the new Jetta Hybrid’s impressive EPA numbers and because Hyundai, who previously laid claim to selling the most 40+ MPG models in America, was recently busted by the EPA for overstating its fuel efficiency numbers.
The Jetta Hybrid will be the most fuel-efficient model in the VW lineup in North America, achieving EPA ratings of 48 MPG on the highway and 42 MPG in the city for a combined rating of 45 MPG. Sales of the model are expected to begin at the end of December with a starting price of $24,995.
Other models beating 40 MPG in VW’s lineup are all diesel-powered: the Beetle and Beetle Convertible TDI models with manual transmissions, the Golf TDI with either manual or automatic transmission, the Jetta and Jetta Sportwagen TDI with either manual or automatic transmission, and the Passat TDI with either manual or automatic transmission.
The Jetta Hybrid will be a pretty tech-rich car, with even base models featuring Bluetooth connectivity, VW’s Climatronic temperature control system, and a six-speaker sound system. A $2,000 bump in price gets buyers into the SE model, which dds LED taillights, keyless access with push-button starting, an MDI interface with iPod connectivity, and the Premium VIII touchscreen radio with SD memory card reader.
For those who want an ultra-premium version of the Jetta Hybrid, the tech goodies continue to roll in. The Hybrid SEL rings in at just shy of $30,000 but gets power tilt-and-slide sunroof, an upgraded RNS 315 touchscreen radio and navigation system, and heated seats with six-way power driver’s seat adjustment. At $31,180, the top option package is the Hybrid SEL Premium, which adds Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lamps and VW’s Adaptive Front-lighting System, front foglights with cornering lights, the Panasonic-powered Fender Premium Audio System favored by audiophiles, and a rearview camera.