The popular VW Jetta will soon unveil its makeover for the 2012 version, which will join the ranks of other affordable hybrid car models. This latest version of the Jetta will run on both gas and electricity, meaning drivers can save money at the pump and help the environment at the same time.
When designing this car as VW’s best hybrid, affordability was a huge consideration. The current 2011 Jetta, which runs on gasoline, debuted at $16,000 last summer, and was approximately $1,700 less than the 2010 Jetta. The continual goal of VW is to put Jetta on the shopping list of people who previously considered the Jetta to be too expensive. At the same time, company representatives have stated that they want high-volume models like the Jetta to join the eco-friendly trend without costing too much initially for the customer.
The 2012 Jetta features a twincharger TSI inline four-cylinder engine. VW describes the vehicle as having a fuel economy that is best in its class while surpassing the Honda Civic Hybrid and other hybrid vehicles in terms of horsepower. The price is still a mystery, but it is certainly expected to be a few thousand dollars more than the 2011 model because of the hybrid feature. Estimates put the price in the mid-$20,000s.
The closest competitor to this 2012 VW hybrid isn’t the Civic Hybrid, but the Jetta TDI, a clean diesel version of this model. Its gas mileage is rated at 30 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. The opposite is true of the Jetta hybrid, boasts around 40 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Therefore, purchasing decisions will likely be based on the customer’s driving preferences. The diesel option will be more economical for highway driving, while those who mostly drive around town will benefit from the high city gas mileage of the Jetta hybrid.
You will undoubtedly want to get behind the wheel of both Jetta versions before you make your final decision. Stay up to date on advances made by Volkswagen by following Lewisville VW on Twitter and “Liking” them on Facebook.